What does it take to change a child’s life? H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year-old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write.

The link between low income and low academic achievement is greater in the U.K. than in most developed countries. By the age of 16, 75 per cent of white, working class boys do not achieve basic government education standards. Some public schools there are offering remedial programs to assist students in need.

 MORE: Envisioning different futures may be one way for low-income students to overcome barriers to success

With the help of Sophie, his extremely dedicated teacher, can Harry overcome the illiteracy that held back his father and grandfather? Against the backdrop of a Britain divided by issues of class, identity and social mobility, H is for Harry follows Harry over two years as he fights not only to improve academically but also to believe in a different future for himself.

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Special thanks to

Harry, Sophie and Grant

and all the children, families, staff and governors at Reach Academy Feltham


Thanks to

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

Siddharth Dhar

Jim Clarke-Sullivan

The Sehmer Family

Gill and Garf Collins

and all our anonymous investors and donors

Additional Cinematography

Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra



Jessica Waite


Assistant Editor

Elena Sánchez Bellot


Opening and closing tracks composed by

Jerry Lane


Post production Services

Roundtable Post Production


Post Production Manager

Ben Coulson


Digital Colourist

Jack Jones


Re Recording Mixer

Dan Weinberg

Danny Finn


Finishing Artist

Andrés del Caño


DI Editorial

Emma Corbett


Sound Assistant

Sergei Dimlic


Finance Managers for Mercurial Pictures

Annis Ostler and Sally Adelman


Accountant for Mercurial Pictures

Stuart Berriman


Legal Services for Mercurial Pictures

Robert Matthews



“The Whiteness of the Whale”

by Mike Brooks (PRS), James Rutledge, James Wright


“All The Mighty Heart”

by Mike Brooks, James Rutledge, James Wright

Drums: Chris Walmsley


Hark The Holidays’

by David Tobin (PRS/BMI), Jeff Meegan (BMI) & Malcolm Edmonstone (PRS)

Publisher: Audio Network Limited (2013)


‘Pork and Beans 2’

by Tom Quick (PRS) & Adam Drake (PRS)

Publisher: Audio Network Limited (2012)



By Jamie Partridge


Creative Producer

Isla Badenoch


Film Editors

Matthew Scholes

Emiliano Battista


Additional Editing

David Potter


Original music composed by

Mike Brooks & Pablo Scopinaro


Distribution Partner

Dartmouth Films


Executive Producers for Bungalow Town

Jez Lewis & Rachel Wexler



Jon McGoh


Filmed and directed by

Edward Owles & Jaime Taylor


Sauve Foundation

Postcode Films

Bungalow Town


Supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Mercurial Pictures

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