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My Friend Joe
Directed by Chris Bould
Produced by Steve Matthews (co-producer)
Gerhard Schmidt (executive producer)
Sytze Van Der Laan (producer)
Written by David Howard
Starring Schuyler Fisk
John Cleere
Stephen McHattie
Music by Ronan Hardiman
Cinematography Michael Faust
Editing by Rodney Holland
Release date(s) 29 August 1996 (1996-08-29) (Germany)
Running time 101 or 102 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

My Friend Joe is a 1996 film directed by Chris Bould starring Schuyler Fisk and John Cleere. The film is based on the 1985 Swedish novel Janne, min vän (Johnny, My Friend) by Peter Pohl.

Plot summary

Chris' new best friend, the American Joe, turns out not to be a boy, but a girl.


  • Schuyler Fisk as Joe
  • John Cleere as Chris Doyle
  • Stephen McHattie as Curt
  • Stanley Townsend as Mr. Doyle
  • Pauline McLynn as Ms. Doyle
  • Eoin Hughes as Boyler
  • Mark Hannigan as Conor
  • Stuart Dannell-Foran as Noel
  • Joel Grey as Simon
  • Katie Carroll as Suzie
  • Katy Davis as Aideen
  • Didier Pasquette as Nicolai

Awards and honors

  • 16th Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival, 1998
    • Chris Bould won "Silver Poznan Goat" for "Best Live-Action Film"
    • The film won "Marcin - Children's Jury Award" for "Best Live-Action Film"
    • Schuyler Fisk won "Poznań Goats" for Best Foreign Child Actor or Actress
  • Berlin International Film Festival, 1996
    • Chris Bould won "Award of the Senator for Women, Youth and Family"
  • Carrousel International du Film, 1996
    • Chris Bould won "Audience Camério"
  • German Children's-Film & TV-Festival, 1997
    • The film won "Children Jury Golden Sparrow" for "Best Feature - Long"
  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 1998
    • Chris Bould won 2nd prize "Children's Jury Award" for "Feature Film and Video"
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