Coming Down the Mountain (2007)

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Coming Down the Mountain (2007)

An original drama by novelist Mark Haddon about two teenage brothers: angst-ridden David and Ben, who has Downs Syndrome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Creators
Director Julie Anne Robinson
Writer Mark Haddon
Information
Release Date2007-09-02
Runtime1h 20mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards1 nomination.
CompanyTiger Aspect Productions
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
David Philips
Ben Philips
Sheila Philips
John Philips
London Teacher
Brendan Heaney
Brendan Heaney
Gary Jeavons
Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen
Rob
Omar Brown
Omar Brown
Small Kid
Charlotte Grant
Charlotte Grant
Abby
Emon Hussain
Emon Hussain
Sunil
Christopher Hanvey
Christopher Hanvey
Tattoo Man
Ian Gain
Ian Gain
DJ
Rajvinder Lali
Rajvinder Lali
Yasmin

Coming Down the Mountain

Coming Down the Mountain is a 2007 British television film which was shown on BBC One, written by Mark Haddon (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Julie Anne Robinson. The television film was based on a radio play also written by Haddon.


Plot

David and Ben Philips are teenage brothers who live in London. Ben has Down syndrome. David resents the protective attention his parents lavish on his younger brother and how much they rely on him to look after Ben. The family move from London to Derbyshire so that Ben can attend a special school, meaning David has to leave his friends and girlfriend, Gail, behind. Ben makes friends and finds a girl friend. David has difficulty fitting into his new school, suffering at the hands of bullies. David discovers that Gail has moved on from him only five weeks after their break up, which leads him to self-harm. David decides to kill his brother. He takes Ben hitchhiking without telling his parents, and they camp in Snowdonia. Climbing the mountain, David plans to murder Ben by pushing him off a high ridge. At the top, David changes his mind, but, following taunting by Ben, pushes him in a fit of rage. Ben survives the fall relatively uninjured, but goes to hospital. David kidnaps him from hospital, but Ben stands up to him. He becomes the stronger character and, after an evening talking round the camp fire, David sees the real Ben for the first time and the brothers become reconciled. They both stand up to their parents' excessive molly coddling, so that both parents finally see Ben as a young adult, and family-life thus becomes far more relaxed and good-humoured. Ben explains that he has a girlfriend and wants to work on a farm. David writes to Alice - a girl he met while at Snowdonia - and the two bond.


Awards

Nominated for a BAFTA 2008 Winner of the RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Media AWARD 2008


Radio

In 2004, Haddon's original radio broadcast won Bronze for The Drama Award in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.


Cast

  • Nicholas Hoult as David Philips
  • Tommy Jessop as Ben Philips
  • Emer Kenny as Gail
  • Katie Griffiths as Alice
  • Julia Ford as Shelia Philips
  • Neil Dudgeon as John Philips
  • Charlie Clapham as Greg
  • Brendan Heaney as Gary Jeavons
  • Josh Cohen as Rob
  • Charlotte Grant as Abby
  • Emon Hussain as Sunil
  • Rajvinder Lali as Yasmin
  • Joe Sproulle as Henry
  • Jamie-Ray Hartshorne as Damon
  • Lewis Snow as Kevin
  • Samuel Gaukroger as Liam