Drama - Completed 2010

Ronan, a 14 year old school boy growing up in a rural West Australian town. He is the social outcast of the school and has been for years. The film follows the last few hours of Ronan's day at school before he makes his 'escape' in a much talked about, controversial ending

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
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    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 16 mn
    • Director(s)
    • A.J. CARTER
    • Writer(s)
    • A.J. CARTER
    • Producer(s)
    • Brad MAJOR (Smooth Motion Films), A.J. CARTER (Smooth Motion Films), Martin MHANDO
    • Synopsis
    • A brilliant film for education purposes-
      Ronan is a young boy growing up in a rural West Australian town. He is the social outcast of the school and has been for years. He sits alone at lunch and is always last to be included in any teams for sports or various school projects.
      At the beginning of the film we join Ronan sitting alone in the lunch yard when a bully finds the opportunity to indulge in his favorite past time, humiliating Ronan. This is obviously a regular occurrence. After being beaten to the ground by the bully, Ronan finds and injured bird taking refuge under the table, showing us his kind, passionate side he takes the bird putting it in his backpack with the intention of nursing it back to health.
      Later in the day we see Ronan in his gym class, where to his surprise, he is not selected last for the team activity- a baton race. He puts all he has into the baton race, hoping for once he can prove he is not a loser and is worth something. Ronan is winning then trips at the end allowing everyone to pass him. His team takes last place. To his team he is yet again a loser.
      The bus trip home from school is just like any other with all the cool kids on the back seat and Ronan a couple of seats in front of them sitting solitary, staring out the window. To pass the times they do what they do best- tease and mock Ronan for the whole trip home.
      Ronan having enough of the bullying for the day decides to make an unscheduled stop just short of his house. Against better judgment, the bus driver lets Ronan off and he makes his way to the only place he can escape- a majestic Australian gum tree proudly standing atop a windswept hill where Ronan has been many times before. Upon reaching his tree, suddenly Ronan remembers the bird he saved during lunch he scrambles through his backpack and is devastated to find the bird is dead.
      After burying the bird he decides to take his own life ending the pain he has been suffering at the hands of others for as long as he can remember. Ronan has escaped.
    • Partners & financing
    • Approved for distribution by Australian Education Department.
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