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Dustbin Baby (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  21 December 2008 (UK)
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Marion
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Cathy
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Hannah
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Elliot
Marika McKennell ...
Tanya
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Little April
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Daniel Johnson
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Janet Johnson
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Mrs. Stephenson
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Mr. Stephenson
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The film follows the story of young teen April whose troubled life began in a dustbin - a new born baby, abandoned and alone, not celebrated, not wanted but discarded and left like so much rubbish in an industrial bin behind a pizza parlour. On the morning of her fourteenth birthday April has a devastating row with her foster mother, Marion and leaves the house determined to find out where she really comes from, who she really is and maybe, just maybe, find her real mother. Telling no-one what she's up to or where she's going, April skips school and begins the search she's dreamed about all her life. It's a blur of social workers, children's homes and special schools as April revisits and recalls the key scenes of her fragmented past. It's a painful journey, sometimes frightening but there's also friendship and love and laughter. And now she's started, there's no going back - April must find her mother. Written by Anonymous

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As a teacher who has used the book in lessons in order to develop the skills of empathy and the use of emotion, I thought the film was excellent. I will be waiting for it to become available as a DVD and then use the scenes alongside the chapters.

The lead character played by Dakota Blue Richards is portrayed very well - complete with teenage acne! One glaring error - the young April was shown writing left handed when doing her homework at the Sunnyholme children's home, but the 13 year old is shown as right handed!

As ever with Jacqueline Wilson - you get what she wants you to get...raw emotion...thoroughly recommend it.


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