Actress directs a film from the heart

PUBLISHED: 15:58 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

A FORMER Chislehurst actress is making her directorial debut with a TV film about a girl growing up in a children s home. Former local resident Samantha Morton,

A FORMER Chislehurst actress is making her directorial debut with a TV film about a girl growing up in a children's home.

Former local resident Samantha Morton, who spent time in the care system as a child, is due to start filming The Unloved, for Channel 4, this autumn. The film, written by Morton and Tony Grisoni, who wrote the screenplays for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and In This World, will be shot in Morton's home town of Nottingham.

She said: "I am thrilled to be making my first film with Channel 4, who have constantly pushed boundaries and enabled people like me to have a voice.

"I hope this film can help make a difference to the young people that see it." The film, due to air on Channel 4 next year, gives a child's eye view of the care system. The actress is also involved with the care charity A National Voice.

She explained: "A couple of years ago I read in the newspaper about a lady who had set up a charity in her flat. She was awarded an OBE for it. She was a driving instructor and trying to find a charity for young people in care, having grown up in the care system herself, and quickly realised there wasn't any. So she set up this charity called A National Voice, for children in care, run by people in care.

"Having been in care myself, I have a vested interest. This is something close to my heart.

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