The Scouting Book for Boys

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The Scouting Book for Boys
UK DVD cover for the movie "The Scouting Book for Boys".
Directed by Tom Harper
Produced by Ivana Mackinnon
Written by Jack Thorne
Starring Thomas Turgoose
Holliday Grainger
Rafe Spall
Susan Lynch
Tony Maudsley
Steven Mackintosh
Music by Jack C. Arnold
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Edited by Mark Eckersley
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • 21 September 2009 (2009-09-21) (Donostia-San Sebastian
    International Film Festival)
  • 19 March 2010 (2010-03-19) (United Kingdom)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Scouting Book for Boys is a 2009 British film directed by Tom Harper, produced by Ivana MacKinnon, and written by Jack Thorne. It stars Thomas Turgoose, Holliday Grainger, Rafe Spall, Susan Lynch, Tony Maudsley and Steven Mackintosh. It premiered internationally at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and domestically at the London Film Festival. The film was Harper's directorial debut, with the score is by his long-time collaborator Jack C. Arnold.


Fourteen-year-old David (Thomas Turgoose) is spending the summer hanging out with Emily (Holly Grainger), the only other teenager in his trailer park. When her mom, Sharon (Susan Lynch), loses custody, Emily refuses to live with her father and convinces David to help her hide in a cave. While he brings Emily supplies and keeps her secret, the police investigate her disappearance -- and soon uncover Emily's relationship with her mother's boyfriend, Steve (Rafe Spall), igniting David's jealousy.

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