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SUMMER SCARS

Director: Julian Richards

U.K.| 2007. COLOUR. DIGITAL VIDEO. 75 MIN.


This is Julian Richards’ most personal film. Based on an incident that happened to him when he was a teenager, it can perhaps be best described as a dark coming-of-age drama. Six kids bunk off school to hang out in the woods, equipped with a couple of cans of beer, a few cigarettes and a stolen moped. They meet the much older Peter, a bedraggled chap about whom we never learn very much except that he isn’t very stable (he’s played by Kevin Howarth, who was so terrific in Richards’s The Last Horror Movie). Peter helps the kids to grow up, partly through teaching and showing them stuff, and partly through conflict with them. He’s an intriguing and deliberately vague character whose creepiness gradually comes to the fore. ‘It’s a very dark tale about the loss of innocence’, explains Richards, ‘and I think it demonstrates that the best horror is real.’

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