Shot over three weeks on location in Wales, Summer Scars is a coming-of-age thriller about gang of
young teenagers who skip school to hang out in the woods. Unfortunately, they run into a disheveled drifter who is
delighted to have a group of kids to hang out with. Peter gains their trust by joining in their games, but soon his
behavior begins to change. The mysterious stranger uses what he has learns against them; bullying the Alpha boys,
belittling the weaker ones and saving his worst for the only girl of the group. When the kids realize they are being held
hostage, they must embrace the dark side if they are going to survive.
Following the cult success of their micro-budget feature The Last Horror Movie, director Julian Richards and
lead actor Kevin Howarth have re-united to make a confrontational coming-of-age thriller about the perils of growing up
with gun violence and sexual predators.
“Summer Scars is a cautionary tale based on a real life incident that happened to me during my
childhood. I believe that, in one form or another, incidents such as this happen to most of us during our youth yet are
often kept secret and rarely discussed. Summer Scars brings such a secret out into the open and in the
context of a coming of-age thriller, explores the experience from the point of view of victim and
perpetrator.” – Julian Richards