December Boys

This film stars Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, in his first major film role. He does a splendid job. Four boys growing up in a Catholic orphanage in the outback of Australia share birthdays in December, hence the name of the film. This is not a fast moving show but a sweet story of boys and their friendships with the constant backdrop of whether or not they will ever be adopted. This causes a certain amount of rivalry but also of camaraderie. The story centres on a trip they get to take, their first real holiday to the seaside, and how much they grow up during only a few short weeks. Also not lost is the caring nature of the couple who choose to allow these boys to live in their home whilst by the coast. Narration by the youngest boy adds personality and puts a lovely bow on the whole story.