The Scouting Book for Boys (2009), the debut feature film from Tom Harper, is described by film critic Philip French as “a confident work of considerable promise” Certainly Harper knows how to bring the best from his two young stars Thomas Turgoose (This is England, Somers Town and Eden Lake) as David and Holliday Grainger, an actress primarily active in television, as the more mature Emily. These two up and coming young stars perform their roles with great conviction making their characters totally credible. The change of pace towards the end of the film will make you realise how effective Turgoose performance actually is, when a seemingly nice inoffensive young man can turn to the dark side when his feelings are thwarted. The film, whose tag line is “a sort of love story”, confidently displays the pains of adolescence and emerging sexuality. Filmed on location with a lot of charm by Robbie Ryan who was behind the camera for the British movies Fish Tank, Red Road and Brick Lane.