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Life for Christine

Synopsis
A documentary- drama based on a true case history researched by MIND, the National Association for Mental Health. The play starts when Colin, a social worker for MIND, discovers Christine, a 14-year-old girl, in Holloway Prison. He is shocked to see her in an empty cell with only a mattress on the floor and to read on the door that her sentence is ‘for the period of your life’. Christine recounts her story to Colin: how an apparently normal child with a troubled childhood becomes an outcast at school, is taken into care, moved from institution to institution, sedated yet rebellious, and how eventually after setting fire to some curtains she received her life sentence. The film questions the legal system which condemns children like Christine to this kind of treatment and, the bureaucracy of the welfare state.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 79 min. Videocassette. VHS. col. 79 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Availability
Hire (video - Glenbuck only)
Subjects
Drama; Law; Social welfare
Keywords
prisons; young offenders

Credits

Producer
John Goldschmidt
Writer
Fay Weldon
Cast
Mandy York 
Marjorie Yates 
Nicholas Ball 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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