Deadly Intent

Synopsis: After the tragic death of her husband, a soldier posted to Afghanistan, Bryony tries to build a new life for herself and her young son, James. Struggling with her own grief she fails to notice that James has become secretive and withdrawn, spending hours alone playing out death scenes with his toys. When things start to go missing and furniture is smashed Bryony blames James but when she confronts him she finds herself facing a reality more terrifying than any nightmare. As her world crashes around her Bryony realises that he ate a way to reconnect with her son she and James will be separated for ever.
82 min

Come on!

Come on, move yourself!

DEADLY INTEN Come on, James.

Time for bed.

Do you want a story?

All right, bed.

You can play again

in the morning.

Sleep tight, tiger.

For god's sake!


You're up early.

All right, now,

I'll push it now then.


Here we go.

Push, hold on.


You're getting soaked!

Inside, now!

Come on.

Let's go and get you dry.



My god, what

have you done now?


This thing weighs a tonne,

you could have been hurt!

I'm sorry, James.

I didn't mean to shout.

I just don't understand...

Leave me alone.

Please, James, just talk to...

Leave me alone.

James, I think it's time...


My god.

James! James!

Why the hell do you do it?

I didn't do anything!

Well, someone turned

those taps on, James,

and it wasn't me!

I told you, I didn't...

God, you're nearly

gonna get us electrocuted!

How could you be so stupid?

Can you see?

Can I help with that?


Come on.

I could put them away.

F*ck off! F*ck off!

God, I am sorry, I'm sorry!

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.

I'm sorry.


I wasn't expecting you.


Of course, if you'd

been here last night

for dad's do, then you'd know

they didn't wanna

leave the house empty

while they're away.

God. I forgot.

You don't say.

Hi, James.

We need to

stay for a few days,

bit of a plumbing problem.

I can take over, if you like.

No way.

I wasn't trying to

kick you out, Lise.

And it's a try!

Come on.

Gonna get back, yeah?

Take you to another match.

Here we go.

Here it comes, where's he going?

He's going!

Come on, mate.

What's up, mate?

How long are

you gonna be away?


get the job done,

then I'll be back.


See that boat over there?


What's that thing sticking

out of the side of it.

Dunno, could be anything.

Looks like it's

sinking though, look.

Want some chips?


Last one there then!

I'm gonna beat you.




What were you thinking?

It was dad! I saw him!

You can't have!

I saw him!

For Christ's sake,

James, your dad is dead.

That was a bit brutal.

He has to accept it.

I just don't know how

to get through to him.

Therapist isn't helping then?

Nothing helps.

Have you tried talking to him?

Okay, okay.

I'm sorry, tiger.

I didn't mean to shout earlier.

This is Ollie.

He was mine when I was little.

I loved him very much.

When I was sad, I used

to hug him really close.

Look, I don't want to

interfere or anything...

Then don't.

Listen, lise.

I'm the only parent

James has got,

so the sooner he accepts

that, the better it's gonna be

for both of us.

Honestly, James is fine.

Don't worry.

You okay?

It's fine.

What's the matter?

I need

to do something.

Like what?

Fucking anything,

I don't know.

It's nearly midnight.

Shall I get you a drink?

No, just fucking leave it.


Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Very funny.

I was just trying

to lighten the mood.

For f*ck's

sake, grow up, Lisa.

Bryony, you're

gonna be late for work.

What time is it?

It's 8:


Thanks, Lise.



What the hell have

you been doing?

I'll see you later.

Bye, James.

Hi, James.

Can I see?

Is that your dad?

You know, soldiers

don't just kill people.

Sometimes they try to stop

them from getting hurt.

That's what your dad was

doing last time he was away.

He was angry.

Do you ever think he

might have been sad as well?

Sometimes what soldiers

see makes them sad.

No, not sad. Just angry.

Hi, Lise.

Is this yours?

Why has he done that?


James, open the door!

Try talking to him.

I mean it, James.

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