Keira Knightley


Keira was 16 years old at the time of filming. She played Louise Barnstable, a heroin-addicted pregnant waitress. She is befriended by 10-year-old Paul,
who's father has recently died and has a drug addict mother. Louise gives Paul the release, fun and comfort that he needs, but agrees to his wishes to try heroin for himself. When his mother sees Paul high from Louise's drugs, she finally decides to get treatment herself. With one baby already in care, Louise is due to give birth again, and does so prematurely after being beaten up by her drug dealer. At the end of the film, she has kicked her drugs habit, only to turn to prostitution instead.

Filmed at Three Mills Studios, London E3 and on location in Upton Park, London E13, between 13th January and 3rd March 2002.
Premiered at the 2002 London Film Festival and 2002 Toronto Film Festival. Released in the UK on 2nd May 2003.
A Little Wing Films Ltd./Kudos production. An Artificial-Eye release.
Written by Alison Hume. Produced by Howard Burch. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon.

Captures created by Paul Fisher for All images (c) Artificial-Eye


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