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Samantha Morton's directorial debut is a powerful single drama about a young girl growing up in a children's home. Working alongside acclaimed writer Tony Grisoni, Morton has created a fictional script that gives an honest and intimate child's-eye view of the care system in the UK.

Filmed in Morton's hometown of Nottingham, the two young leads - Molly Windsor as Lucy, and Lauren Socha as Lauren - were cast through a series of open auditions held across Nottingham schools, drama groups and at The Television Workshop, which Morton herself attended aged 12. Head of Channel 4 drama, Liza Marshall, says: 'We at Channel 4 are very excited to be supporting Sam in her first directorial venture. This is a story very close to her heart, and her empathy and understanding of children in care should make for an exceptional film.'

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The directorial debut from Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton, this powerful drama about a young girl growing up in a children's home provides an intimate child's-eye view of the UK's care system

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