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Short Film

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.

Production Designer


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.

Additional Crew




  • Production - August 2021

  • Location - Cheltenham, UK

  • Bafta-winning Female Director - Rachel Tillotson

  • 10- minute sensitive short film

  • Female-focused film

  • Subject - Teenage Carers

  • Values: to achieve critical acclaim and help open a dialogue for young carers

  • Strategic Festival plan

  • Social Media strategy 

Best Script

International Hollywood Short 

Film Festival - 2021 


Los Angeles - 2020 

Screenplay Awards 

Official Selection

Austin Micro - 2020

Screenplay Festival

Official Selection

Hollywood Screenings 2021

Screenplay Festival


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