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December Boys - Preview

December Boys

Preview by Jack Foley

HARRY Potter fans will have the chance to see Daniel Radcliffe in a different kind of movie when December Boys opens in UK cinemas in a couple of weeks.

The film marks the young actor’s first leading film role outside of the JK Rowling franchise and is a significant step forward in his coming-of-age.

Following his critically-acclaimed West End performance in Equus, it shows there’s a bright future ahead for the star once the dust has settled from the HP phenomenon.

December Boys is based on the classic Michael Noonan novel about four orphan teenagers growing up behind the closed doors of a Catholic convent in Outback Australia during the 1960s.

As the boys watch younger kids get adopted by loving families, they begin to realize that as they get older, their turn may never come. When the convent sends the boys to visit the seaside one summer, they finally have something to look forward to.

While there, however, the boys meet a young couple unable to have children, who would make the perfect parents.

The eldest of the group, Maps (Radcliffe), finds himself drawn to Lucy, a beautiful girl from down the coast, while the rest of the boys compete to become the most adoptable, severely testing their friendships as long gestating feelings of rejection explode to the surface.

As coming-of-age tales go, it’s a touching effort that boasts some nice direction from Rod Hardy, a veteran of countless US TV shows, including The X-Files and The Pratice, working from a script by Marc Rosenberg.

Radcliffe himself says of the film: “I was sent a lot of scripts but none of them really appealed to me. When I read December Boys I loved it. It was a very simple story but I thought it was very beautiful.

“And my character Maps is very, very different to Harry, so I knew that would be a challenge for me. I’ve been playing Harry Potter for five years, so it was quite amazing to do something different. Hopefully, people will see me in a new light after this.”

Read our verdict on the film and our interview with Daniel Radcliffe when the film opens on September 14.