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Dustbin Baby (2008)

TV-PG | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 21 December 2008
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 ... See full summary »


Juliet May


Helen Blakeman (screenplay), Jacqueline Wilson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Blue Richards ... April
Juliet Stevenson ... Marion
Saffron Coomber ... Cathy
Poppy Lee Friar ... Hannah
George Bustin George Bustin ... Baby April
Jenna Boyd Jenna Boyd ... Sandra
David Haig ... Elliot
Marika McKennell Marika McKennell ... Tanya
Di Botcher ... Pat Williams
Lucy Hutchinson ... Little April
Ian Kelsey Ian Kelsey ... Daniel Johnson
Carol Starks Carol Starks ... Janet Johnson
Jane McDowell Jane McDowell ... Mrs. Stephenson
Simon Roberts ... Mr. Stephenson
Joanna Dunn Joanna Dunn ... PC Brown


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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Baby in dustbin goes in search of her past on her 14th birthday
13 December 2009 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

Wow, what an absolutely lovely movie! Enjoyed every minute of it and as a bloke, had me reaching for paper tissues at the end. A simple story of a young girl who was dumped at birth in the dustbin behind a pizza parlour and after various care homes is eventually brought up for a period by the Teacher from the school, Juliette Stevenson as Marion. this is low budget and typically British and without doubt unmissable with anyone with a child. Juliett as Marion is outstanding and Dakota blue Richards as April is one to watch for the future. I love the moment half way through of the rubbish being used for a artistic 'horse' and will definitely be giving my own teenage children ideas from this one in a positive way. the mobile phone birthday present thing was a good story line and don't miss the shots of hatfield house, the stately home bossed by Marions friend and former home of Elizabeth I. I think the main town featured is Watford but I stand to bed corrected. Two great British movies in the last few days, harry Brown and this one, but totally different kinds of films. keep it away from the American market, this is a quality film to be enjoyed at the cinema or DVD

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21 December 2008 (UK) See more »

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Abandonada en la basura See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Kindle Entertainment See more »
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