Charlie is a sensitive teenager who doesn’t fit in. She cares for her disabled Mum but gets bullied at school. When she turns down her place at University, her Mum takes radical steps to ensure her daughter is free to complete her education.
Charlie's Freedom is an intimate piece about relationships, weaknesses, life, feeling tied down and feeling let down.
It’s about having to deal with the hand you’ve been dealt - not because you’re particularly brave, kind or more caring than the next person, but simply because you have no choice.
We want this film to recognise the guilt this situation metes out on both the mother and the daughter - how they feel about their circumstances, frustrations, hopelessness and sadness. The Catch22 of their lives.
There are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25 according to census figures. Many young people find early adulthood difficult, and with the responsibilities that caring brings, this makes it even tougher. Many young carers face significant barriers, bullying and obstacles in education and well-being.
We are keen for this story to highlight one young carer’s struggles and the radical steps her Mum is prepared to take to ensure her daughter has the freedom to complete her education.
Rachel is a BAFTA winning filmmaker with extensive film and TV directing experience. She was awarded her BAFTA for the BBC drama OFFSIDE and also won an RTS (Royal Television Society) award for GIRLS IN LOVE.
She has made eleven shorts which have been sold internationally to many TV stations winning numerous festival awards including the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand, DepicT, Brest and Encounters.
Carol writes for TV, stage, radio and film. Her six produced short films include WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE that won 14 global awards including Best International Short Film at the Oscar qualifying Galway Film Fleadh. Her other films have been distributed across the world and have won many awards.
She was an additional writer on TV’s Emmy award-winning SMACK THE PONY and is also a published playwright.
Through her production company, French Fancy Productions, Georgina has worked with emerging and established talent producing numerous award-winning short films including the Film London ‘London Calling’ funded PRICK THY NEIGHBOUR, and award winners NIGHT ARMOUR, THE TOUCH and WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE.
Her company is currently in advanced development with its first feature film.
Sarah's work has screened in festivals all over the world, from Berlin to Cannes, Toronto to Rio.
She is a prolific cinematographer working with top Directors on features, TV and shorts. And her two self-directed documentaries, BIRDS GET VERTIGO TOO and LIKE LOVE, picked up more than a dozen awards, including for cinematography, while the BSC has showcased her work in their Emerging Cinematographers Night.
Sarah has designed numerous award-winning short films, features and primetime BBC TV series.
Her favourite films she's worked on are: the psychological thriller JANUARY featuring James Cosmo and Amy Mason; Romcom THE WEDDING TACKLE featuring James Purefoy, Adrian Dunbar and Amanda Redmond and HARRIGAN set in the 1970s starring Stephen Tomkinson.
We are also delighted to announce the following.
EDITOR - JOHN MINTON
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION DESIGNER - RACHEL PLANT
NEWS & AWARDS
Production - August 2021
Location - Cheltenham, UK
Bafta-winning Female Director - Rachel Tillotson
10- minute sensitive short film
Subject - Teenage Carers
Values: to achieve critical acclaim and help open a dialogue for young carers
Strategic Festival plan
Social Media strategy
International Hollywood Short
Film Festival - 2021
Los Angeles - 2020
Austin Micro - 2020
Hollywood Screenings 2021
YOUNG CARERS - INFO AND HELP
New research estimates that there are more then 800,000 young carers age 5-17 in the UK who care for an adult or family member. That is approximately 1 in every 12 teenagers and around 2 in every classroom.
The roles taken on by a young carer are exhaustive and are often carried out behind closed doors on top of the normal pressures of a young person's life.
The care they give can be practical, physical or emotional and responsibilities range from providing practical support such as helping to cook, clean or wash, to giving personal care, emotional support, or helping with financial chores.
Young carers miss an average of 48 days of school because of their role and 68% have been bullied at some point directly because of having to care for someone.
Life is demanding. But they still have to study for exams, look after themselves, and not lose sight of their dreams.
HELP FOR YOUNG CARERS - don't be alone!
If you are a young carer, there are support programmes to assist you, both emotionally and financially, with day-to-day tasks and making decisions. These programmes offer face-to-face counselling, online programs, and phone helplines.
Even if you don’t feel like you need help for a problem, it is always good to have the support of others who understand your situation. Young carers groups are run all around the UK to help with advice as well as giving you somewhere to let off steam and enjoy yourself.
Below are a list of links to many organisations and people who can help you.
Simply click on each heading to link to its site:-
The UK's only national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a supportive community and a movement for change.
Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Honeypot is the national young carers’ charity. Their countryside respite breaks, and range of support services give young carers the chance to be a child again – because you only get one chance of a happy, fulfilling childhood.
Spurgeons offers a wide range of services to support young carers, from mentoring and educational support to activities and trips away to give them much needed time out from their caring duties.
Provides you free, 24/7 text support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.
Text: YM to 85258
Opening times: 24/7
A national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect. They will support you through your most serious life challenges and will campaign tirelessly for the big social changes that will improve your life.
Barnardo's aim to help as many young carers as they can. They will help you look after your loved ones and give you time to enjoy your childhood.
FILMING IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE
We are delighted that Charlie's Freedom is being filmed in Gloucestershire during August 2021 with a lot of local talent onboard including Bafta-winning Director Rachel Tillotson, Cinematographer Sarah Cunningham and Editor John Minton.
The country is a hotspot for filming and we will be following in the footsteps of many TV and films that have decided to shoot their productions in this beautiful county. They include: Harry Potter; Poldark; Mitchell and Webb; Sherlock Holmes; Star Wars and The Crown.
University of Gloucestershire supports 'Charlie's Freedom'
We are delighted to announce that the University of Gloucestershire is supporting our film with an extremely welcome grant.
The funding will enable the Production Design Team to create the crucial visual aspects for the film from location dressing through to props and costumes. This will ensure the right atmosphere and look for each scene.
And with the highly acclaimed Production Designer, Sarah Beaman and Props Designer Rachel Plant, this money will ensure compelling and realistic visuals.