Boy A


1h 40m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Jack has a terrible secret. He is really the notorious Boy A who committed a terrible crime when he was just a child. Recently released from a juvenile prison, he enters a world he has never been part of. He is haunted by his grim past, and is more a boy than a man at 24. His caseworker Terry se

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Abc Distribution; Action Cars Ltd; All England Caterers; Arri Group; Bickers Action; Channel 4; Cuba Pictures; Film Lab; Film4 Productions; Fujifilm; Lee & Thompson; Media Insurance Brokers; Midget Entertainment; Reel Skill Film Cutting; Sapex; The Offline Editing Company; Videosonics Cinema Sound
Distribution Company
The Weinstein Company; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Channel 4; Cinemien; Golden Village; Miracle (Denmark); Noble Entertainment (Sweden); Odeon S.A.; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Sena; Senator Film Verleih; Ster-Kinekor; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

Jack has a terrible secret. He is really the notorious Boy A who committed a terrible crime when he was just a child. Recently released from a juvenile prison, he enters a world he has never been part of. He is haunted by his grim past, and is more a boy than a man at 24. His caseworker Terry sees the good in him and does everything in his power to give Boy A a second chance. Boy A chooses the name Jack and is set up with a job, a home and the opportunity for a new life. He bonds with Chris and finds a girlfriend in Michelle, both co-workers who witness Jack's newfound compassion and loyalty. As relationships develop, he is torn between the deceit in concealing his past and the potential exoneration by revealing his crime. Jack no longer doubts his capacity to love and has more to lose than ever. He seeks Terry's approval to confess the truth to Michelle but is implored to keep his secret for fear of his own safety. Spending 14 years in prison has done nothing to persuade the public he's paid his dues. Accompanying his release is a widespread, media frenzy which re-ignites public indignation. The crime and trial are covered as current news and feed a hunger for revenge. Although Jack bears little resemblance to the young Boy A, it becomes increasingly clear that the past may be impossible to escape.

Crew

Simon Allen

Music

Dave Armforth

Driver

James Armitage

Legal Services

Chris Baker

Song

Caroline Barclay

Art Director

Antonia Bates

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Owen Bleasdale

Foley Recordist

Paula Boram

Foley Artist

Andrew Braithwaite

Medic

Sue Bruce-smith

Development Executive

Marianne P Buckland

Legal Services

Andrew Buglass

Office Runner

Prince Buster

Song Performer

Sue Calverley

Line Producer

Cecil Campbell

Song

Sarah Campbell

Makeup Artist

William Cann

Propman

Robin Carlsson

Song

Robin Carlsson

Song Performer

Stephen Cheers

Location Scout

Neil Claxton

Song

Julie Clyne

Medic

Laura Coggan

Assistant Director

Tonia Cohen

Negative Cutter

Gary Connery

Stunt Coordinator

Marti Consibee

Caterer

Ben Cooke

Stunt Performer

Gareth Cousins

Assistant Art Director

Paddy Cunneen

Music Composer

Paul Davies

Supervising Sound Editor

Anna Davis

Executive

Julian Day

Costume Designer

Shaida Day

Costume Supervisor

Helen De Winter

Post-Production Supervisor

Andrew Dearnley

Film Lab

Andrew Devlin

Driver

Arthur Dick

Music

Craig Dickson

Executive

Ian Dodd

Head Of Production

Richie Donnelly

Camera Focus Puller

David Ede

Scenic Artist

Matt Evans

Driver

Aidan Farrell

Colorist

Aldonio Freitis

Stunt Performer

Liz Gallacher

Music Supervisor

Tally Garner

Producer

Steve Gartside

Electrician

Jeremy Gawade

Legal Services

Neil Glynn

Props

Joseph Goddard

Song

Marya Goga

Editorial Assistant

Tammy Gouldesbrough

Tutor

Jim Greenhorn

Sound Mixer

Richard Griffiths

Grip

Anita Gupta

Set Decorator

Robert Hardy

Director Of Photography

Claire Harrison

Accounting Assistant

Elaine Harrison

Production Accountant

Gail Hebson

Song

Patrick Henshaw

Props

Tony Henshaw

Property Master

Jon Henson

Production Designer

Paul Higgs

Music

Julie Hodgson

Tutor

Janet Horsfield

Makeup Artist

Lynn Horsford

Producer

Lee Howarth

Rigging Electrician

Andrea Hughes

Art Director

Tony Hughes

Electrician

Craig Humphries

Transportation Captain

Ian Jackson

Rigging Gaffer

Juliet Jackson

Makeup Artist

Kevin Jackson

Unit Manager

Rachel Jones

Production Secretary

Valerie Jones

Tutor

Barney Jordan

Visual Effects

John Kerron

Titles

Jeremy Kimberlin

Executive

David Klafkowski

Animation Director

Andreas Kleerup

Song

Andreas Kleerup

Song Performer

Martin Koen

Driver

Victoria Lambe

Costumes

Justin Lanchbury

Film Lab

Shelley Love Latham

Choreographer

Helene Lenszner

Location Manager

Colin Lewin

Executive

Gareth Llewellyn

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Myles Macinnes

Song

Wayne Mansell

Generator Operator

Jane Marcantonio

Costumes

Liza Marshall

Executive Producer

Nick Marston

Producer

Paul Mcalister

Other

Bronwyn Mcconville

Business Affairs

Sarah Mcwhinney

Executive

Ed Miller

Photography

Gareth Milne

Stunt Coordinator

Paul Mitchell

Propman

Alison Morrison

Caterer

Christine Morton

Sound Department

James Muirhead

Location Scout

Claire Newton

Assistant Location Manager

Daniel Nightingale

Camera Trainee

Daniel Nightingale

Camera Assistant

Gemma Nunn

Assistant Director

Mark O'rowe

Screenplay

Rebecca O¿connor

Business Affairs

Steve Parr

Music

Tracey Pearce

Tutor

Justin Pearson

Stunt Performer

Natasha Pilbrow

Legal Services

Alan Pritt

Film Lab

Charlie Ramsey

Stunt Performer

Susan Ross

Scenic Artist

Alice Searby

Casting Assistant

Chu-li Shewring

Assistant Sound Editor

Kevin Smith

Carpenter

Matilda Smith

Loader

Laurie Sparham

Photography

Jack Stew

Foley Artist

Hilary Stewart

Business Affairs

Andrew Stirk

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Graeme Stoten

Adr

Jason Swanscott

Foley Artist

Alexis Benjamin Taylor

Song

Jessica Taylor

Makeup Designer

John Taylor

Steadicam Operator

Emma Thomas

Script Supervisor

Roger Tooley

Steadicam Operator

Joe Townshend

Music

William Tracey

Gaffer

Jonathan Trigell

Source Material

Dave Turner

Sound Department

Selina Ukwuoma

Executive

Anthony Ward

Grip

Andy Wareham

Stunt Performer

Amanda Wasey

Production Manager

Fiona Weir

Casting Director

Justin Wilkinson

Sound Engineer

Kathryn Williams

Business Affairs

Dave Williamson

Video Playback

Will Willoughby

Stunt Performer

Daniel Winch

Assistant Director

Jenny Winston

Office Runner

Robert Wischhusen-hayes

Set Decorator

Lucia Zucchetti

Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Abc Distribution; Action Cars Ltd; All England Caterers; Arri Group; Bickers Action; Channel 4; Cuba Pictures; Film Lab; Film4 Productions; Fujifilm; Lee & Thompson; Media Insurance Brokers; Midget Entertainment; Reel Skill Film Cutting; Sapex; The Offline Editing Company; Videosonics Cinema Sound
Distribution Company
The Weinstein Company; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Channel 4; Cinemien; Golden Village; Miracle (Denmark); Noble Entertainment (Sweden); Odeon S.A.; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Sena; Senator Film Verleih; Ster-Kinekor; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Panorama Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer July 23, 2008

Released in United States July 25, 2008

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2008

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States February 2008

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 23-May 4, 2008.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 7-17, 2008.

Based on the novel "Boy A" by Jonathan Trigell; published by Serpent's Tail April 29, 2004.

The Weinstein Company acquired domestic distribution rights at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer July 23, 2008 (LA)

Released in United States July 25, 2008 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2008

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 23-May 4, 2008.)

Released in United States February 2008 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 7-17, 2008.)