The film stars Troye Sivan as the title character. It was released in South Africa on 3 December The film takes place in South Africa around the time of Nelson Mandela 's release from jail It chronicles year-old John Milton's Troye Sivan first year at an elite boarding school for boys. When John arrives for the first time at the school, he gets nicknamed "Spud" by the other boys because he was yet to experience puberty.
All eight boys in his dormitory get nicknames. They are also called the "Crazy Eight". Spud finds it difficult to make friends and fit in. He befriends Mr Edly, a teacher nicknamed "The Guv", after he is the only one in the English class to pass an exam. The Guv frequently lends English literature books to Spud and invites him to lunch regularly. But Spud soon realises that Edly has marital problems, and is an alcoholic. While back at home for the holidays, Spud falls in love with Debbie, the daughter of Oxo - Spud - Spud Rps 03 of his mother's friends, whom he nicknames "The Mermaid.
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During practice, Spud meets Amanda, a girl from the nearby school St. Catherine's, and immediately falls for her. But he soon realises that she has a boyfriend already, and he cannot form a relationship with her without cheating on Debbie, whom he still loves.
He seeks the advice of his roommate Gecko, who tells Spud to pretend he loves another girl named Christine, in order to make Amanda jealous. Spud and Gecko begin to build a strong friendship and Oxo - Spud - Spud Rps 03 occasionally visit a rock at the top of the hill near the school.
In the fourth term, Gecko is diagnosed with cerebral malaria that he got during his holiday to Mozambique. A few days later, he passes away. Spud mourns the death of Gecko and the whole school attends his funeral service in the school's chapel. In the end, Spud performs in the school's play and gets a standing ovation.
After the performance, he is dragged away from the post-performance celebration by Amanda, and they go to a nearby field. There, she tells him to kiss her. Spud, however, stops at the last moment and rejects her, deciding to stay true to Debbie. He offers to give Debbie a tour of the school, and kisses her in the middle of the quadrangle, which his dorm-mates witness from their window. After he returns, he is praised by the group, and finally fits in.
The film ends with Spud, on the final day of the year, sitting on the same rock he and Gecko used to frequent overlooking the school, and remarking Oxo - Spud - Spud Rps 03 "God gives us choices. But sometimes, God Oxo - Spud - Spud Rps 03 us no choice. He deals us the cards, and we play them.
The film is entirely privately financed by South African investors, giving the filmmakers full creative control. Audition videos were also accepted via YouTube. The filmmakers initially thought Jason Cope would be too young to play Sparerib but Garland said he "turns into a nasty housemaster as soon as he steps on set. The film was released on 3 December in South Africa, a week before the beginning of the December—January holidays for South African public schools.
The film has experienced some controversy around some of its content as Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court sent to Spud producer Ross Garland a letter saying that he saw in particular two scenes as "denigrating gays and lesbians". In one of these scenes "The Guv" played by John Cleese says that he would like to give all lesbians a good "rogering". The second scene is one in which the gay art teacher, coaching the school's worst rugby team, tells them that "more pressure from the rear" is needed.
Producer Ross Garland said in a statement: "In the five years since Spud was published, and with millions of people having read the book and seen the movie, Justice Cameron is the first person to ever publicly take the view that the film is homophobic [ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Spud 2. Film portal. John van de Ruit's blog at Book South Africa. Archived from the Oxo - Spud - Spud Rps 03 on 24 May Retrieved 24 May Official Spud movie blog.
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