Worried About the Boy

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Worried About the Boy
Worried About the Boy DVD cover.jpg
British DVD cover
Written by Tony Basgallop
Directed by Julian Jarrold
Starring Douglas Booth
Marc Warren
Freddie Fox
Mathew Horne
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Matthew Bird
Cinematography Tony Slater-Ling
Editor(s) Emma E. Hickox
Running time 87 minutes
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Distributor BBC
Original release
  • 16 May 2010 (2010-05-16) (UK)

Worried About the Boy is a 2010 television drama film centred on the life of Boy George. It starred Douglas Booth as Boy George and Mathew Horne as lover Jon Moss.[1] It was shown on BBC2 in 2010 as part of 1980s season. It is directed by Julian Jarrold and written by Tony Basgallop.


In 1980, young George O'Dowd (Boy George) argues with his parents over his femininity and moves into a squat with Peter, who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make themselves known at Steve Strange's trendy Blitz Club where George gets a job in the cloakroom. George is unlucky in his relationships with men until he meets musician Kirk Brandon. Through Kirk, George meets the handsome drummer Jon Moss, on whom he develops a crush. 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 cut short when the rest of the group reveal to McLaren how much they hate George, but fan Mikey Craig is impressed and asks George to sing in a group he is forming, where George again meets Jon. They have an affair and their group Culture Club becomes very successful. 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.

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  1. ^ Matheson, Whitney. "I love this movie: 'Worried About the Boy'". content.usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved July 15, 2016.

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