Sorry for this but Rabbit Punch pulls no punches in its treatment of an adult theme albeit the two lead characters in this tale of rural life in backwater England are adolescents. "I met Nathan when the bus routes changed." Nathan is coarse but has an attraction for the 14 year old Norfolk boy Kristian. Coarse? Repellent more like with Nathan's impossible talk of sexual exploits, firing pellets at passing cars and SAS style night-time missions against isolated houses where fireworks are posted through letter boxes, the boys camouflaged for battle. Tough talk and killing of a rabbit form part of an adolescent rite of passage that fortunately most boys grow out of. Whether Nathan made the grade I doubt. Kristian however has a heart and therefore a chance. Starry eyed adulation hopefully grows more discerning with the years. The film is based on the real life growing pains of Kristian Andrews who made it to the prestigious Royal College of Art where he graduated last year, Rabbit Punch being the graduation film for his MA. Kristian's sketchy, ink on paper drawings and fluid animation are graced by a superb cast, the principals being Carl Prekopp and Ben Conway with their soft regional accents. I found the whole drama enthralling if slightly chilling for incidents like those indulged in here can go badly wrong for all concerned. The whole piece has an immediacy I found extraordinary, delicate drawing, unflinching treatment of its subject.