”Kicked out:From Care To Chaos” is a documentary which reveals a deeply personal insight into the life of Rebecca Southworth, who grew up being physically and emotionally abused by her father and then taken into the care system at the age of 13. Her story hits close to home to many more 16-18 years olds care leavers who experienced similar acts of domestic violence and whose psychological traumas caused by a dysfunctional system are exposed throughout Rebecca’s vulnerable documentary. ”When Rebecca went to university four years ago, she was part of a tiny minority of the 10,000 16-18 year olds who leave social-services care every year, as far more end up in prison, homeless or as sex workers, and she wants to find out why the care system fails so many young people.” (The Sun,2017)
The television programme aired on Thursday 6th April 2017 and was broadcast on BBC Three, whose main aim is ”to speak to this audience with intelligence and on a level and in a way that will stimulate strong emotion and provoke reactions.”(BBC Three Commissioning,2017) Thus this documentary is suitable for the BBC Three channel because it evokes mixed feelings of revolt, sadness, helplessness and empathy but nonetheless, it strives to produce a change among the mentalities of people and it raises questions regarding the poor support that care leavers are provided with by the Government.In terms of factual programmes, BBC Three is the channel where documentaries like ”Life and Death Row”,”Our War” or ”Don’t Call Me Crazy” became successful and as a result, it ”will continue to be the home of modern factual content that speaks to a young audience.”(BBC Three Commissioning,2017)
However, Rebecca Southworth, who is both the filmmaker and the storyteller of the programme, managed to turn her troubled past into a strong motivation to succeed, because it didn’t stop her going to university and pursuing a career in media ”Rebecca Southworth is working as a filmmaker for a television production company after graduating with first class honours.” (Manchester Evening News,2017), in spite of the fact that the ”latest statistics show teenagers leaving local authority care in Manchester are seven times less likely to study for a degree.” (Manchester Evening News,2017) Moreover, she hopes to become an inspiration for teenagers who are struggling being in the social services care system and advises them to not let their past experiences dictate their path “I would say to anyone in care now that they should not let the stigma define them before they even start. It’s hard and it probably will get harder but it’s all worthwhile.” (Manchester Evening News,2017)
Inspiring,raw and brutally honest, ”Kicked Out:From Care To Chaos” has at its core the heavy question ”What has taken so many from care to chaos?” that this documentary strives to find the answer for ”Is it the experiences that led them to care in the first place, the process of going from home to home whilst ‘looked after’, or learning to live independently at such a young age without much of a safety net?” (Blakeway North,2017)
- Thesun.co.uk. (2017). Kicked Out: From Care to Chaos, The Get Down and Mafiosa…all at your fingertips. [online] Available at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3225010/kicked-out-from-care-chaos-the-get-down-and-mafiosa-all-at-your-fingertips/ [Accessed 21 Oct. 2017].
- Bbc.co.uk. (2017). BBC – BBC Three – Commissioning. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/tv/articles/bbc-three [Accessed 21 Oct. 2017].
- Abbit, B. (2017). Inspiring young women who went from care to university. [online] men. Available at: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/going-from-care-to-university-12831015 [Accessed 21 Oct. 2017].
- Lapping, B. (2017). Kicked Out:From Care To Chaos, BBC3 | News | Blakeway North. [online] Blakewaynorth.co.uk. Available at: http://www.blakewaynorth.co.uk/news/kicked-outfrom-care-to-choas [Accessed 21 Oct. 2017].