(Mon 8th / 7pm / £4/3)
The film is based on the producers' own experiences of fostering for the University of Kent's pioneering 1970's fostering research project, founding independent foster care, managing a fostering service, training in the public, private and voluntary sectors and writing and documentary film making.
Written and produced by Keith Gorman (MBA Kent Business School) and directed by Andy Kemp; the film stars Pauline McLynn (Shameless, Father Ted), Connor Byrne (London's Burning, Tracy Beaker), Diveen Henry (London River, Grow Your Own) and introducing Keeki Bennetts, the film tells the story of the life of 11 year old Aimee, who is removed from the care of her own mother by well- meaning professionals attempting to protect her from further neglect and abuse. Aimee's heartbreaking journey through five years in the care system challenges policy makers, professionals and the tax paying public. Set against the backdrop of increasing numbers of local authorities being judged as not 'fit for purpose', and in a period of possible political and certain economic change, the timing of Hell's Pavement is particularly relevant.
Having been screened at the Glasgow film festival, The World Fostering conference, and a series of special events in London, a considerable groundswell of interest has been generated. Hell's Pavement won the Josh Burton award for for special merit, and the much coveted "Ken Hendrick's People's Award" at this year's Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, USA.
Members of the cast and production team will be available for a Q&A session after the screening. http://www.hellspavement.com