Scarborough Review

Starring: Jessica Barden, Jordan Bolger, Edward Hogg, Jodhi May, Daniel York

Director: Barnaby Southcombe


The Metropole Hotel, Scarborough on a Friday afternoon, and two couples arrive (separately) for an illicit weekend away. While all things seem relatively normal from the outset, they are in fact far from it… Each of the two couples consists of a 16 year old and their adult teacher. Becky (Jessica Barden) and Aiden (Edward Hogg) have come away for the weekend, but Aiden has thoughts in his mind of ending the affair he’s having with his young female student. Daz (Jordan Bolger) and Becky (Jodhi May) are in a similar situation, though it is the female teacher who wants to end things with her 16 year old student. The weekend is full of passion for both couples and from the outside, things seem very normal. How will the two teachers end their affairs without repercussions?

Based on a stage play by Fiona Evans, ‘Scarborough’ tells the story of two couples who really really shouldn’t be together, and their relationships go against every normal moral value. The play ran at the Royal Court Theatre back in 2008.

The movie, directed by Barnaby Southcombe was funded by a kick starter campaign and 117 backers managed to raise an incredible £31,085 to get the film made.

A tale of forbidden loves and relationships, ‘Scarborough’ is about a subject that few people talk about in today’s society. Now and again we hear stories of teacher pupil relationships, the most recent high profile one being the Jeremy Forrest case which happened back in 2013. The then 30 year old teacher went on the run to France with a 15 year old schoolgirl but was soon caught and sentenced to 5 and a half years in jail for the crime.

Though the subject matter might possibly put you off, do watch ‘Scarborough’ if you possibly can. A beautifully filmed piece, which tells a very human story.

Overall: 8.5/10

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