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Cruel Summer (2016)

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Young Autism sufferer Danny enjoys the serenity and solitude of camping. That's all about to change when enraged teens Nicholas, Calvin and Julia find him, each with their own agenda for wanting to see Danny suffer.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Danny Miller Danny Miller ... Nicholas
Reece Douglas Reece Douglas ... Calvin
Natalie Martins Natalie Martins ... Julia
Gary Knowles Gary Knowles ... Danny's Dad
Grace Dixon Grace Dixon ... Danny's Mum
Thomas Conning Thomas Conning ... Shop Keeper (as Thomas 'Verb T' Conning)
Richard Pawulski ... Danny
Leah Rees Leah Rees ... Calvin's Mum
Sabrina Dickens Sabrina Dickens ... Girlfriend / Lisa (voice)
Josh Hopkins Josh Hopkins ... Arcade Teenager
Melanie Stephens Melanie Stephens ... Calvin's Mum (voice)
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Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and Calvin (Reece Douglas). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, and Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.

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One Day Changes Everything

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жестокое лето See more »

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Trivia

The movie retells a similar story to the murder of Terry Lee Hurst, who was killed on a camping trip by a trio of friends, found with multiple wounds (60-80) and finally killed by a scythe which was left buried in his skull, the young boy with learning difficulties was killed in 2004. See more »

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Written by Josef Prygodzicz & Faye Gibson
Performed by Winter Villains
Appears courtesy of Barely Regal Records
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Bullying at its worst
27 June 2017 | by andyreading666See all my reviews

I gave this film a 9 due to sentimental reasons. As a parent of an autistic child, this film brought out the cruelty of human beings and also the vulnerability.

The acting by the three stooges at times was a bit meh, but the acting of Danny was spot on.

I hope the film shows awareness towards people who are a bit different. Autism isn't a disease.

The film also shows those individuals as bullies. This is reality folks.

A short film which shows the good and bad in people.


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