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Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

Synopsis
Mulberry Bush School is an Oxford education facility for emotionally disturbed children, who have been excluded from mainstream schools. Filmmaker Kim Longinotto captures the inner life of Mulberry Bush, focusing especially on the stories of three boys, Michael, Ben and Alex, all struggling at a different stages of development, but all of them linked by the experience of having to endure great sadness. Avoiding sensationalism, the violence a boy is capable of is never construed as his true nature, but as something to be overcome - with the help of their extremely patient tutors.

"The main reason I wanted to shoot is that when the kids misbehave, the teachers don’t punish them but try to find out why they are acting in such a way. The driving idea behind the school is to "mend the hurt of the outside world."
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2007
Subjects
Education; Social welfare
Keywords
emotionally disturbed children; special needs education

Credits

Director
Kim Longinotto

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
99 minutes
Year
2010

Production Company

Name

Films of Record

Email
janeb@filmsofrecord.com
Web
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Phone
020 7286 0333
Fax
020 7286 0444
Address
6 Anglers Lane
London
NW5 3DG

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.
Name

Women Make Movies Inc

Email
info@wmm.com
Web
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Phone
+1 212 925 0606
Fax
+1 212 925 2052
Address
462 Broadway
Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
New York
NY 10013
USA
Notes
US company distributing independent films by and about women. The collection consists of more than 500 documentary, experimental, animation, dramatic and mixed-genre titles. The films and videotapes represent a diversity of styles, subjects and perspectives in women’s lives.

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