Cruel Summer

Synopsis: Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and Calvin (Reece Douglas). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, and Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.
Production: 441 Films
  1 nomination.
80 min


(dramatic logo music)

(moody atmospheric music)

- Julia!

Don't let him get away!

(woman pants)

(teenager groans)

(moody orchestral music)

(dark orchestral chord)

- [Woman] I know all about


Why have you not told

me anything about Sarah?

Do you know what, I'm

just so sick and fed up

of your f***ing lies all the


You're just always lying

to me, all the time!

- Listen.

- No.

I don't wanna hear

anything anymore, alright?


F*** you!

F*** you, just get out

of my f***ing house!

- [Man] Well, f*** you!


- You alright, Danny?

Can we come in, love?

You all set, then?

- Excited, son?

- [Mom] We need to do something

about this mop of yours son.

- Long hair will help me

stay warm during cold nights.

- You're not climbing

Mount Everest, Dan.

- I have to be prepared

for all eventualities,

especially when dealing with

such unpredictable environments

in which there will be no

one but myself to depend on.

- I don't doubt that you're

prepared, hon.

Mr. Precaution, aren't you?

Here, take this.

(melancholic piano music)

I've put my number in on


Press that one, then that one.

If you want to take a picture,

you press that one, okay?

This is for that sleeping bag

you want.

- That's not for arcade games.

It's for that sleeping bag,


- [Danny] Yeah.

- Forgetting something?

- Thank--

- Thank you.

- [Mom] Now give your mom

a kiss.

- Come on.

Grab your stuff.

I'll drop you in town.


- Yeah.

- The f***ing cheek of it,


- Look, she ain't worth you

getting all heated up over.

- [Man] She's saying I shagged

that f***ing Sarah Reynolds

or whatever her name is, as if

I'd shag that, she's hangin'.

- I thought you did?

- No, I didn't,

that's what I'm saying.

- [Woman] Yeah but to be fair,

you have been f***ing around,

though, with other girls.

- Yeah, but...

Whose side are you on anyway?

- Yours, obviously.

Look, will you sit down?

You're making me nervous.

(man sighs)

What, you gonna cry now?

- No, obviously not, I'm just

pissed off.

- You're too soft, Nick.

- What're you talking about?

- You doted on Lisa,

hand and foot,

and you're just gonna let

her dump ya just like that?

- Yeah, well I can't get

back with her, can I?

She says it's over proper

this time.

- I'll f*** her up for ya,

if you like.

Never did like her.

What did you see in her anyway?

She ain't all that.

- [Nick] Don't know,

she's, well, she's clever,

not like the usual rats

you get stuck with.


- You think she's


don't ya?

You don't know her at all.

- [Nick] Oh, and you do, do ya?

- Well, I know she's not

as sweet

and innocent as she makes out.

- What're you talking about?

- Don't worry.

- No.

Tell me.

- Well, you know that she

said that you were her first?

You know, that she was a virgin?

- Yeah, she was a virgin.

(woman chuckles)

What're you f***ing laughing at?

If you know something, tell me.

- Come on.

She'd been with lads before you.

- [Nick] How many?

How many?

- F***ing hell, I don't

know the exact number!

- [Nick] Well who, then?

- Well, I don't know.

I don't know all their names.

But I know for a fact that

she f***ed that spastic kid.

Danny Evans.

- Who?

- Danny Evans, you know,

from the school?

Everybody knows.

- That's a f***ing lie,

that's bullshit!

When's that supposed to

have happened?

- [Woman] Like, last summer.

What, she didn't tell you

about it?

- What, that she f***ed a mong?

No, she didn't.

- Look trust me, mate,

she's a slut.

- F*** off, you're a slut.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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