In the summer of 1963, Billy Driscoll and his best mate, Peter ‘Rooksy’ Rooker, have the run of their street. There’s plenty going on in Pimlico for two young lads who are growing up and filling out – whether they’re perving on someone’s mum or running from the local bully.
Billy’s also discovering the opposite sex – particularly his pretty neighbour, Sarah. But Sarah’s charms have also caught the eye of Kenneth ‘Kirk’ Douglas and Billy knows he must do something drastic if he’s to be victorious.
When Rooksy suggests a day out with Sarah and her shy friend, Josie, it seems like the perfect idea to win the girls’ hearts. Little do the group realise that it’ll be a day of declarations and revelations; of secrets and terrifying encounters – and that it will change them all forever.
Barry Walsh has captured this period and the setting skilfully. The characters are vivid and the sense of community is very strong. I could imagine this story on screen in a sepia haze.
Billy’s adolescent voice is consistent and authentic and that is a feat achieved by Barry Walsh. The experiences recounted by Billy are the kind that remain in the psyche forever. Walsh manages to build up complex, realistic relationships between characters and demonstrates the long-lasting effects that formative experiences have on individuals.