Directed by Simon Bird, best known for his role in The Inbetweeners, and
adapted from Jeff Winterhart’s graphic novel by author Lisa Owens (Brid’s
Wife), Days Of The Bagnold Summer is a humorous account of the relationship
between single mother Sue Bagnold (Monica Dolan) and her rebellious and
sulky 15 year old son, Daniel (Earl Cave, son of Nick).
Dressed constantly in black, but he’s not a Goth as he tells his cousin,
Daniel’s summer holiday’s don’t get off to the best of starts as, after the
anticipation of going to Florida to visit his father who he hasn’t seem for
a number of years, his mood is made even more morose when he receives a
call telling him that the trip is off.
Forced to spend the summer with his mother, a frumpy Librarian who has a
nice line in knitted cardigans, Days Of The Bagnold Summer primarily
focuses on the relationship between the pair. Sue is lonely, her only
friend is her know it all sister (Alice Lowe), and to make matters worse
for Daniel she’s taken a fancy to one of his school teachers (Rob Brydon). Meanwhile Daniel dreams of playing in a rock band and doing
anything that doesn’t involve his mother.
The story is fairly thin but will be easily recognisable by numerous
parents and their rebellious offspring. Two excellent performances from
Dolan and Cave, it’s to his credit that you actually care about Daniel as
he’s the most annoying teen you could hope to meet, and a terrific
soundtrack from Belle & Sebastian, help to make Days Of The Bagnold
Summer an enjoyable and heart-warming watch.