Worried About the Boy

Synopsis: In 1980 young George O'Dowd baffles his parents with his love of frocks and make-up and moves into a squat with kindred spirit Peter,who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make a splash at Steve Strange's trendy Blitz Club where George gets a job in the cloakroom but George is unlucky in his relationships with men until he meets wannabe musician Kirk. Through Kirk George meets the handsome drummer Jon Moss,on whom he develops a crush, but sacked by the Blitz and spurned by Kirk,George turns to Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren to further his music career. George's spell with McLaren's group Bow Wow Wow is short but fan Mikey North is impressed and asks George to sing in a group he is forming,where George again meets Jon. They will have an affair and the group will become the very successful Culture Club. Four years later, however, hounded by the tabloid press amid stories of his drug addiction, an unhappy George turns to Jon for advice on his future.
Director(s): Julian Jarrold
Production: Entertainment One
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
87 min

John! John!

He won't come out of the car.

Is he definitely in there?

George, don't be a prat, not today!

How are we gonna get him out?

What are you looking at me for?

Think he might be upset

about something?

George, will you just open the door

so that we can talk about this?


Pretty please?

Open the bloody door!

The biggest day of our lives

and you're gonna ruin it!

Well, thank you! Thank you very much!


So, George, what do you wanna be?

Don't know.

What, no burning ambitions?

Fighter pilot? Hairdresser?

Captain of the England team?

Valery Singleton's sope on a rope?

I've had them all in here today.

Unemployment is on the rise.

You need a skill.

What can you do better than others?


It's not really a career choice though, is it?

At the end of each play it says: Make-up by...

Listen, sunshine, the future may seem

a long way off right now.

But you take one wrong step and

who knows where you might end up?

A dress?

You could knick anything you want

but you choose a dress?

You know, son, I was eighteen once.

I had brothel creepers, drapes,

the biggest cliff in the neighbourhood.

You know, I get it.

But this thing you're going through

right now it won't last forever.

Fashions come and go.

Fashion is what you adopt

when you don't know who you are.

Quentin Crisp said that.

Oh, the puff in the hat?

I don't pretend to know much,

but I do know this.

You are never going to achieve anything

in this life looking like that.

Who says I want to achieve anything?

I mean, why is everyone so obssesed

with how I am going to turn out?

Because we're worried about you.

We want the best for you.

Whatever is going to happen to me,

I don't think it's gonna happen here.

Is it down?

I'm pulling it!

Oh, hey, there!


Just breathe in.

I am breathing in!

Nice pants!

Am I dreaming?

Why don't you pinch yourself?


Alright, George?

Is this yours?

Isn't she brilliant?


It's Marilyn Monroe!

What's that made me? Betty Davis?

What's its real name?

Norma Jeane.

What are you wearing?

It's a go for two hundred quid in sex.

Found a suit in a wedding hire shop

and cut up an old kilt with the straps.

I'm sure that would be very

outrageous back home in Trumpton.


What are you, exactly?

You're not a punk. Too much make-up.

Even for a maud.

And I think we can rule out

skinhead or hippie.

Glam, perhaps?

Well, I'm nothing.

Which is why I can look good in anything.


What have we stumbled upon here?

A boy, is it?

A boy with mascara.

Take a good look.

Would you let this in?

Go home. Make an effort.

And here they line up. The Wacky Races.

Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect,

the Gruesome Twosome, the Ant Hill Mob.

And I guess that makes you

Dick Dastardly. Or Muttley, perhaps?

No, there's a shortage of pricks

in London tonight.

So good of you to get a coach from

the valleys of make-up to short the fall.

We're very busy tonight.

That's because they've all come

to look at me, you Welsh f*ck!

You can smell the fucking muffballs from here.

Why isn't anyone making an effort?

I mean, it's worse than last week.


To be had.

Excuse me! Sorry!

Just let me get to the bog. Thank you!

Hey, there's a queue here.

I'll go this way.

Last train to Clarksville?

No, thanks, darling, but give my love

to Vicious and Joplin when you see them.

Sorry, I was just wanting to...

Don't appologise, you fool, keep going.

Further allegations regarding the pop

star Boy George have emerged today.

Following the revelations in the Sunday

newspaper by his younger brother David

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Tony Basgallop

Tony Basgallop is a British television writer best known for writing Inside Men (2012), What Remains (2013) and the miniseries To the Ends of the Earth, an adaptation of William Golding's trilogy. more…

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