Title: New Boy

Director: Steph Green

Released: 2009

Length: 11 min

Whilst New Boy has the slight air of a stereotypical Oscar bait film (and it was of course nominated) this cautionary tale of race and not judging a book by it’s cover is still charming and heart warming. Despite a dark undercurrent the setting of a classroom filled with cheeky Irish children ensures that the tone remains cheerful throughout.

Whilst the message and themes portrayed here are nothing new, the execution makes New Boy worth watching and a cast mostly made up of children cope well with occasionally difficult subject matter.

I didn’t really enjoy New Boy enough to seek out more of Steph Green’s work and I found the message a little heavy handed but at 11 minutes it is a nice easy watch.