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Hell's Pavement (2009)

The film follows five years in the life of a young girl as she struggles against an onslaught of good intentions. From her first encounter with the social care system, through a range of ... See full summary »

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Andy Kemp
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Rod Arthur Rod Arthur ... Frank Castle
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Daffyd Tudor
Demi Bennetts Demi Bennetts ... Aimee (at 16)
Keeki Bennetts Keeki Bennetts ... Aimee Collins
Janie Booth Janie Booth ... Maeve O'Connor
Connor Byrne ... Peter O'Connor
Teresa Churcher ... Shirley
Charlotte Coy Charlotte Coy ... Mary Schoeman
Jonathan Coy ... Charles Truman
Jake Curran ... Stud
Marina De Giulio Marina De Giulio ... Nurse
Dave Dehaan Dave Dehaan ... Stretcher case
Marcus Dunkley Marcus Dunkley ... Doctor
Lorna Gayle Lorna Gayle ... Moira Reynolds
Cathy Goodhead Cathy Goodhead ... Nurse
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The film follows five years in the life of a young girl as she struggles against an onslaught of good intentions. From her first encounter with the social care system, through a range of foster placements, to a haunting climax, we are challenged to question how it is that so many well-intentioned people can do so much unintended damage. And how it is that the £4bn a year that people in the UK spend on children in care has failed to break the cycle of abuse, addiction and abandonment. Written by Tim Kemp

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When good intentions are all you have.

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Drama

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19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Oopic Films See more »
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Review of Hell's Pavement (2009)
22 August 2012 | by davidfoley-455-972110See all my reviews

If ever there was an argument for a professional approach to care for disadvantaged children, then this film is surely it. Good intentions can indeed pave the road to perdition. The central character Aimee Collins is tracked through the social care network. This is not entertainment for faint-hearts. We witness self-harm and harm inflicted by others. We are shocked to find that local authority budgets can take precedence over a child's best interests. We are horrified to learn that a child can be a social commodity. We are in sympathy with the O'Connors, Aimee's first foster carers, and their plea that: "She's not some piece of office equipment that you can just send away to be repaired". When procedures dominate good practice, there can only be one conclusion. Winner of the People's Choice Award at the prestigious Beloit International Film festival in 2010, Hell's Pavement deserves a much wider audience than just social care professionals. Every tax payer in the UK has a stake in how the nation's £4 billion budget for child care should be spent. Not to be confused with Damon Knight's 1955 novel of the same name, Andy Kemp's film makes a powerful case for urgent reform.


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