The Scouting Book for Boys

Synopsis: Best friends David and Emily enjoy their carefree life in a coastal caravan park. When they learn that Emily is being forced to move away, David he agrees to help her hide out in a remote cave on the beach. Emily's absence soon becomes complicated, as David watches the effect on her family and police suspect one of their neighbors of involvement. When Emily tells David the real reason she wants to hide, his world is shattered. With his complex feelings for Emily growing stronger due to their shared hidden existence, David takes action.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Tom Harper
Production: Celador Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- She's coming.

- She's early.

- Is today the day?

- F*ck do know? They won't tell me.

Shh, blouse is coming off.

If ever get like that,

you got to promise to shoot me, OK?

- OK.

- F*ck, bra's coming off.

The bra is coming off!


- Wait up!

- Come on, come on, come on!



Come on, we'll go this way.

No, we'll go this way.


David, come on!


I'm the king of the world!

- What the f*ck was that?

- Was it one of those birds, Charlie?

I'm checking. Oi!

- We're birds, Charlie.

- Oi!

You can't just jump on someone's roof!

Oi, come back here,

you little bastards!


Shit! Are you all right?

- Oi!

- Get under.

Get under.

Sh, sh, sh!

- You OK?

- Yeah.

You're not. You're bleeding.

Put your tongue out.


It's gonna swell, that.

You could give amazing head

with a tongue like that.

All you got to do is find a girl

before the swelling drops.

- What? I'm trying to cheer you up.

- Yeah!

- At least you didn't blub.

- Yeah.

- How many vans do you think we did?

- Well, counted 14.

- Yeah, thought it was 14, too.

- You didn't do 14!

No, counted 14, for you.

- Reckon equalled the record?

- Yeah, maybe.

- Pussy!

- Yeah.

Come on.

"5 Years Time"

# Oh, well, in five years' time

# we could be walking round a zoo

# With the sun shining down

# over me and you

# And there'll be love

# in the bodies of the elephants too

# I'll put my hands over your eyes

# but you'll peek through

# And there'll be sun, sun, sun

# All over our bodies

# And sun, sun, sun

# All down our necks

# And there'll be sun, sun, sun

# All over our faces

# And sun, sun, sun

# So what the heck

# Cos I'll be laughing

# at all your silly little jokes

# And we'll be laughing

# about how we used to smoke

# All those stupid little cigarettes

# And drink stupid wine

# Cos it's what we needed

# to have a good time

# But it was fun, fun, fun

# When we were drinking

# It was fun, fun, fun

# When we were drunk

# And it was fun, fun, fun

# When we were laughing

# It was fun, fun, fun

# Oh, it was fun

# Oh, well I'll look at you and say

# it's the happiest that I've ever been

# And I'll say no longer feel

# have to be James Dean

# And she'll say,

# yeah well feel pretty happy too

# I'm always pretty happy

# when I'm just kicking back with you

# And it'll be love, love, love

# All through our bodies

# Love, love, love

# Right through our minds,

# And it'll be love, love, love

# All over her face

# And love, love, love

# All over mine

And really all these moments

are just in my head...

As soon as it starts to get hot,

people get so weird.

The other day this guy came

into Mum's shop and he goes to her,

" don't have any money,

but can have a lottery ticket?

" Need a lottery ticket. "

"Wednesday's a rollover

and know that I'll win. "

Mum goes, "I'll buy the ticket

and if you win I'll give you half. "

So they win, right? 50 quid!

And Mum's claimed, right? Proper.

But he ain't been round.

Mum reckons he could be an angel.

reckon that's just thick.

He probably just had to go home.

Just another fucker in a van.

I'd have bought him it

and laughed if his numbers come up.

- Would you?

- What? You think I'm lying?

If he don't come back, I'll get

one of you to dress up and claim.

- Bet she don't remember what he's like.

- I'd want a tenner of it if did.

- I'd have given you 40.

- All right, I'll have 30.

- We made a deal.

- Deals change.

'Hello, Steve?

Come in, Steve.


He'd give away a ticket

but he'd rip my Mum off.




- You look like a cloud.

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Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne (born 6 December 1978) is an English screenwriter and playwright. Born in Bristol, England, he has written for radio, theatre and film. Thorne began his TV career writing on Shameless and Skins, before writing Cast Offs in 2009. He has since created the shows Glue, The Last Panthers, and Kiri. He has won five BAFTA awards: Best Mini-Series for This is England ’88, Best Drama Series for The Fades, Best Single for Don’t Take My Baby, Best Serial for This is England ’90 and Best Original Series for National Treasure (starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough).Thorne’s feature film credits include The Scouting Book for Boys, War Book, A Long Way Down, and Wonder (starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson). Thorne is also a prolific playwright having written the critically acclaimed The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Hope, and adaptations of Let The Right One In, Woyzeck (starring John Boyega) and A Christmas Carol (starring Rhys Ifans). He also wrote the stage play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on an original story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2017 and the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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