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Dustbin Baby

Dustbin Baby
Dakota Blue Richards

Dakota Blue Richards

Screen Time: 65%
Role: April
Age: 13 years old
Lucy Hutchinson

Lucy Hutchinson

Screen Time: 20%
Role: Little April
Age: 6 years old
Alex Hewett

Alex Hewett

Screen Time: 20%
Role: Young April
Age: 9 years old

 

Dustbin Baby

2008
Rating: 8.67 (3 votes)
Directed: Juliet May
Country: UK
Language: English
Genre: Drama
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1325734

Summary

The film begins on April's fourteenth birthday. April argues with Marion, her adopted mother, after receiving earrings instead of a mobile phone as a gift. She then leaves for school, but chooses to skive and visit the places she has lived. The story of her life is then told through flashbacks as she visits places pertinent to her- first, she visits Pat Williams, a woman who adopted April as a baby.

She then visits the grave of Janet, a woman who April knew as "mummy" who committed suicide after her abusive husband left her. Meanwhile, Marion worries about April and she and her friend Elliot search for her. April then visits the now abandoned children's home where she had lived as a child. There, she had been cared for by a woman named Mo, as well as befriending an older girl called Gina, and being bullied by a girl named Pearl. After pushing Pearl down a flight a stairs, April was sent to a boarding school, where Mrs Bean (Marion) taught her history. At the boarding school, April befriended Poppy, and, after attempting to run away, was banned from extra-curricular activities. Instead, April would visit a local stately home with Marion. April then agreed to leave the boarding school to instead live with the (retiring) Marion.

April considers returning to Marion, but remembers there is a last place she wants to visit. She travels to the pizza parlour behind which she was found in a dustbin as a baby. Here, she finds a telephone number. Ringing it, she is disappointed to hear a male voice, believing it to be her mother. Instead, Frankie, the pizza boy who found her as a baby, meets April in the restaurant. Marion arrives, having realised where April will be, and April apologises. Marion gives April her new mobile phone, and Marion, April and Frankie sit down for a meal. The film ends with April's voice saying that she may never find her real mother, but that that didn't matter to her.