Synopsis - Boy A Movie
Screenplay by Mark O'Rowe, from the multi award
winning novel of the same title by Jonathan Trigell.
Jack (Andrew Garfield) is released from prison, finally, at the age of 24; having been
institutionalized for most of his life. He and another boy murdered a child, when they were
The film follows Jack's attempts to readjust to the world outside of confinement and restart a life
which never really got going.
Under the fatherly mentor-ship of Terry (Peter Mullan) his parole
contact and social worker, he experiences a coming of age, which would normally have happened years
But forces from the past are constantly upon him, as we learn more about the events leading up to
the crime which has ruined so many lives, there is an increasing sense of suspense, intrigue and
ultimately doom: the tabloid press and Terry's real son are not going to let things lie.
Boy A Movie pictures gallery.
In Theaters: 3 September 2008
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Siobhan, Finneran, Alfie Owen, Victoria
Boy A the Movie in Review
Boy A is named after the fashion in which underage offenders are not identified in court other than by a letter
reference. In this movie two your boys are convicted of murder long before they are truly old enough to comprehend
what they have done. They are identified in court as Boy A and Boy B, this movie follows the life of Boy "A"
portrayed by Andrew Garfield as he deals with the real world upon his release from prison.
In the movie we follow the story of a 24 year old man who comes out of prison with a new name and a second
chance at a life that had barely begun when he was incarcerated. Jack begins life as the only child of a mother who
is dying of the worst kind of breast cancer, while his father buries his troubles in a bottle of whiskey. A soft
spoken lad who is hounded and bullied by his peers he finally befriends Phillip Craig (Taylor Doherty) who like
Jack is a social outcast among his peers. Phillip on the other hand as a history of sociopathic rage and sexual
abuse to contend with and Jack falls under his sway.
We are treated to the sight of Jack at the age of 24 when he is released from prison. He is a very socially shy
and seemingly innocent character unlike the one that the movie would have us believe could possibly have committed
a heinous crime in his past. Jack is desperate to let his past go and get on with his life, but the nightmares
still continue to haunt him making life difficult to say the least. Thankfully he finds a friend and mentor in his
caseworker Terry (Peter Mullan) to help him through the trials and tribulations he must cope with.
Jack is found gainful employment with a delivery company that knows only that he has served his time and is
ready to get on with his life. The setting is industrial Manchester in the heart of Britain's northern industrial
area where not much has changed since the sixties while the movie was shot in colour it could just as easily been
done in black and white and achieved the same scary images.
Throughout the movie we are taken on a journey in which we follow as Jack discovers love as he slowly gathers
the courage to as the secretary where he works out on a date which eventually leads to the first kiss. As the
romance blossoms Jack wants desperately to tell Michelle (Katie Lyons) about his past, but remembers the
instructions from his caseworker to never reveal his crime.
As we come to the latter part of the movie Jack and his now best friend Chris (Shaun Evans) come across a car
that has crashed in to the woods with a young girl trapped inside. Saving her life makes Jack an instant local
celebrity. However this celebrity comes at a price as his history is revealed and we are asked to decide for
ourselves if those who commit such horrendous crimes can atone for their past and be forgiven.
Outstanding performances by Andrew Garfield as he portrays Jack and makes us
feel every uncertainty as he learns to come to terms with himself and his past. This movie will definitely have you
questioning the morality of today's society and the standards by which we judge others.