About A Boy

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re­leased 2 May 2014 | 15 | DVD Di­rec­tor Oliver Framp­ton Cast Clem Tib­ber, Shaun Ding­wall, Elar­ica John­son, James Do­herty

This glum Bri­tish ghost story con­cerns a teenage boy bereft of his mother who goes to live with his dodgy geezer dad on a thinly- pop­u­lated Lon­don coun­cil es­tate.

Lon­don coun­cil estates can be pretty scary, and this one cer­tainly is: young Tommy ( Clem Tib­ber) starts hear­ing strange noises and screams from the prop­erty next door. His fa­ther ( Shaun Ding­wall, Rose Tyler’s dad in Doc­tor Who) isn’t sure what’s afoot, and when per­sons un­known start en­ter­ing their flat, things worsen fur­ther, so Tommy en­lists new pal Car­men ( Elar­ica John­son) to get to the bot­tom of the in­ci­dents.

Themed around the dif­fi­cul­ties of fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar ab­sent or ne­glect­ful par­ents, de­but di­rec­tor Oliver Framp­ton’s film could barely be more down­beat. You won’t see a more drab, dour, cre­pus­cu­lar movie all year. The un­happy char­ac­ters sport pinched faces as they traipse round grey, des­per­ate land­scapes, mov­ing from shut­tered rooms to bleak cafes to dingy com­mu­nal ar­eas, hav­ing no in­ter­ac­tion with a world that isn’t in cold shad­ows. The mys­tery in­ter­mit­tently in­trigues, but The Forgotten’s heavy cloak of de­pres­sion falls quickly and never lifts.

Ex­tras None. Rus­sell Lewin

Di­rec­tor Oliver Framp­ton and writer James Hall were both pre­vi­ously script ed­i­tors on po­lice show The Bill.

Bobby liked to show off his glass of milk.

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