WriterSamantha Morton, Tony Grisoni Release date17 May 2009 CastRobert Carlyle (Lucy's Father), Lauren Socha (Lauren), Craig Parkinson (Ben), Susan Lynch (Lucy's Mother), Michael Socha (Michael) Similar moviesTideland, The Last Joint Venture, Arena - Philip K Dick: A Day in the Afterlife, Waves, Fashion, Broken
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The Unloved is a British television drama film starring Molly Windsor, Lauren Socha, Susan Lynch and Robert Carlyle. It is about an eleven-year-old girl called Lucy (played by Molly Windsor) growing up in a children's home in the UK's care system, and shown through her perspective. It is the directorial debut of Golden Globe Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Samantha Morton. The story is semi-autobiographical, Morton wrote and produced the film in collaboration with screenwriter Tony Grisoni.
It was produced for Channel 4 and shown as part of its Britain's Forgotten Children series, and was first broadcast on 17 May 2009. The film drew an audience of two million viewers.
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Molly Windsor – Lucy
Susan Lynch – Mother
Robert Carlyle – Father
Lauren Socha – Lauren
Craig Parkinson – Boahen
Andrea Lowe – Vicky
Kerry Stacey – Social worker
Michael Socha – Michael
Katie Withers – Jules
Filmed entirely on location in Morton's hometown of Nottingham, the film cost £1.5 million to make. The title of the film was inspired by a newspaper article Morton had read about children in the foster care system. Morton spent time in other cities such as Newcastle, Glasgow and around London although decided it was best to make a film about the world she knew and grew up in. Originally wanting to set the film in 1989, Morton later decided against it as she wanted to focus on the struggles of the present day and not want audiences to write it off as a historical piece. The scene where Lucy witnesses the rape of Lauren didn't have Windsor present at the time as it was deemed inappropriate; her involvement in the scene was filmed separately and added later.
The film won Robert Carlyle a Scottish BAFTA for best TV actor in November 2009.
On 10 May 2010 it was announced that the film had been nominated for 'Best Single Drama'; Lauren Socha was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. On 6 June 2010, The Unloved won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
The Telegraph's Michael Deacon gave the film a positive review describing it as 'Riveting' and 'Powerful from start to finish'; On the other hand, he stated the film was 'Stomach churning' and 'Hard to watch'; however to his surprise he couldn't take his eyes off the film and praised Morton on creating an 'Intense' and 'Vivid' dramatic film.
As of May 2011, the show is available on DVD from Oscilloscope.