Most kids have enough to be worried about on their first day at school, but Joseph is different from all the other pupils, which attracts the unwanted attention of teacher’s pet Hazel and kings of the playground Christian and Seth (played by a young Fionn O’Shea).
Adapted from a Roddy Doyle short story, New Boy brings the audience to refugee Joseph’s level on his nerving-wracking first day as he tries to navigate the unfamiliar culture and strange rules of the Irish primary school. Joseph’s new environment is cold and dull in comparison to his home, as his tragic past unfolds in brightly coloured flashbacks. Despite a rocky start, Joseph does find some common ground with his classmates in the form of laughing at their exasperated teacher.
New Boy received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, Steph Green has gone on to direct the feature film Run and Jump and acclaimed television series including The Americans and Scandal, receiving an Emmy nomination in 2020 for her work on Watchmen.
This film is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women. To view more from the collection click here.