Project Details

  • Line Producer: Vanessa Tovell
  • Producer: Dimitri Doganis
  • Director: Bart Layton
  • Executive Producers: Simon Chinn and John Battsek
  • Film4
  • July 2013

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Bart and Dimitri win Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer at 2013 BAFTA Film Awards

The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas.

Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child . . . who on earth is he? And what really happened to Nicholas?