Dustbin Baby is a BBC television film directed by Juliet May, based on
Jacqueline Wilson's 2001 novel Dustbin Baby. It was first broadcast on
BBC One on 21 December 2008. The film stars Dakota Blue Richards as
April, a troubled teenager who was abandoned in a dustbin as a baby,
and Juliet Stevenson as Marion Bean, April's adoptive mother. The
screenplay was written by Helen Blakeman, and the film was produced by
Kindle Entertainment. Dustbin Baby deals with themes including maternal
bond, bullying, and youth crime. The story revolves around April
running away on her fourteenth birthday, while Marion searches for her.
Both Jaqueline Wilson and critics responded positively to the film. It
was released on DVD on 12 January 2009. Dustbin Baby was awarded the
International Emmy in the children and young people category at the
2009 ceremony. Helen Blakeman won a Children's BAFTA for the
screenplay, while the film itself was shortlisted for a Children's
BAFTA in the drama category and shortlisted for the Kids' Vote award.
The film was also awarded the 2010 KidScreen Award for best one-off,
special, or TV movie aimed at a family audience and the KidScreen Award
for best acting.
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