24 International Film Festival

7 - 13 OCT 2019 in Chemnitz

for Children and Young Audience

Archive | 1996-2018

Films presented by SCHLINGEL since 1996

Spud

Thanks to a grant, 14-year-old shy John enters the elite private boarding school “Michael House”. He shares his room with eight other boys who immediately nickname him "Spud" because he allegedly has not even overcome puberty. They call themselves “The Crazy Eight” and are full of mischief. John finds it hard to get used to their coarse jokes and pranks, let alone to make friends here. He rather joins his teacher Mr. Edly, called “The Guv”, who has a huge library where John gets to know the classics of English literature. For the first time, John reads “The Lord of the Rings”, fights his way through Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and discovers a new world for himself. Then during the summer vacation, luck seems to be on his side. John falls in love with attractive Debbie, who he secretly calls “The Mermaid”, and she reciprocates his feelings. Back at the boarding school he actually finds the courage to attend an audition for a school theater performance of “Oliver Twist”, and even gets the main role.


Country: ZA
Year: 2010
Running Time: 101 minutes
Recommended Age: from 12 years
Festival Year: 2011
Category: Junior Film
Direction: Donovan Marsh
Screenplay: Donovan Marsh
Camera: Lance Gewer
Editor: Megan Gill
Actor: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Tanit Phoenix, Jason Cope, Jeremy Crutchley
Producer/Coproducer: Rogue Star Films, BLM Productions

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