Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class)
Will Poulter (The Maze Runner)
Neil Dudgeon (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)
Adam Godley (Powers)
Jessica Hynes (Spaced)
Annie Wing (The Calcium Kid)
Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game
Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
Will (Bill Milner) is quiet and shy, and comes from a family that belongs to the strict Plymouth Brethren church. Will is forbidden to watch films or television and is made to leave his classroom when the teacher puts on a documentary. In the corridor, he meets Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the worst-behaved boy in school, thrown out of another class for bad behaviour. They accidentally break a fish bowl in the corridor; Lee volunteers to take the blame, pretending that the punishment is torture, in exchange for Will’s watch, which belonged to his dead father. Moreover, Lee demands that Will performs the stunts in a film Lee is making with home video equipment owned by his bullying older brother, Lawrence (Ed Westwick), which Lawrence uses in his video pirating enterprise. He intends to enter the Screen Test Young Film-Makers’ Competition.
Will accepts, after accidentally seeing the film First Blood at Lee’s house while hiding from Lawrence. He becomes very enthusiastic, and plays several dangerous action scenes, culminating in the two boys becoming ‘blood brothers’ after Lee saves Will from drowning. Lee finds Will’s sketch book, full of colourful and glorious ideas, and starts to incorporate some of them into his film script. The two become best friends, but Will has to keep it secret from his family and the increasingly interfering Brother Joshua of the Brethren, who clearly has designs on his mother.
French exchange students arrive, of whom the suave Didier Revol (Jules Sitruk) becomes very popular. After finding Will’s sketch book, he asks Will if he and his acolytes can play in the film, and Will agrees. Didier reveals that he has always wanted to be an actor. This mushrooms into the whole school being part of the production, and Will being included with the cool sixth-formers. Lee does not like this, as he is no longer in control, and finally quits after a fight with Will during filming of the last sequence, which takes place at a disused power station. After Will becomes trapped when part of the unstable structure collapses due to Didier’s carelessness, and the entire school/crew run away, Lee returns to rescue his friend, but uses the excuse that he has come to collect his brother’s camera. He too gets hurt, and has to go to hospital. Lawrence visits him, but is angry about the fact that the camera is broke.Will’s mother (Jessica Hynes), from whom he has struggled to hide his activities, finally realises that her son must be allowed to be himself and her family leaves the Brethren. The film is never submitted to the competition as they miss the deadline. The French students leave, and while Didier was popular and worshiped in England, his own school-mates mock him, and he is actually lonely and isolated. When Lawrence looks at Lee’s footage he is impressed, and he sees Lee’s rant at Will defending Lawrence’s neglect and bullying, which was accidentally filmed. With Will’s help, he adds a part in which he acts himself — including a reply message for his brother. When Lee leaves the hospital, he is brought to a cinema by surprise. His film is shown before the main feature (much to the enjoyment of the audience) and the two boys reunite.The idea doesnt seem interesting and could be forgettable but the cast of kids and the touching premise of unlikely friendship works so well and also being set in the early 80’s captures the time period perfectly. Will Poulter has gone on to bigger things now but this shows how good he is being a problem child but having charm as well and im sure many can relate to knowing someone like him when we were kids.