Kicked Out: From Care To Chaos

Kicked Out: From Care To Chaos is a documentary created by former Salford University student; Rebecca Southworth as she “traces her own life – abused as a child and then taken into social services care. She explores why so many people end up living such troubled lives after they leave the care system” (1).

The documentary was broadcast on BBC Three which in my opinion is the perfect choice for this type of programme as they themselves state that “BBC Three should provide an environment for the development of new ideas and talent and for existing talent to take risks, becoming a genuine laboratory for BBC One and BBC Two”(2). The fact that BBC Three is seen as an experimental programme for the BBC they can push the boundaries of what they broadcast which is proven with the many hard-hitting, edgy subjects that would never be broadcast on BBC One such as one I watched recently; ‘Stacy Dooley Investigates: Kids Selling Drugs Online'(3). BBC Three is also more focused towards a younger audience they state; “the channel is disciplined in its focus on young audiences and 16-34 year-olds are its center of gravity: people who are young in spirit and mindset”(2).

The personal connection that Rebecca Southworth has with this documentary has greatly increased its authenticity and its impact on the audience as she herself “was taken from an abusive family home aged 13 and placed in care”(4). The documentary gave us insight and an angle into the care system, and how Rebecca 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” (5).

Another similar documentary to this would be ‘Professor Green: Living in Poverty’;  “In this intimate documentary, he sets out to uncover what life is like for young people living on the breadline today. Over a period of months, Professor Green spends time with ten-year-old Kelly Louise, whose family have just been evicted from their home. They can’t afford a deposit on a new property and facing the possibility of being homeless”(6). “Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson) has done well, but he grew up in a home where there was a lot of stress over money”(6) This is similar to Rebecca’s film as Professor Green has an intimate connection with the subject of the documentary which makes the film much more authentic and believable for the audience as the filmmaker actually understands the situation these people are in.

 

References

  • (1) BBC. (2017). Kicked Out: From Care to Chaos – BBC Three.

[online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xwl4l

[Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

 

  • (2) Bbc.co.uk. (2017). BBC – BBC Three – Commissioning.

[online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/tv/articles/bbc-three

[Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

 

  • (3) BBC. (2017). Kids Selling Drugs Online, Stacey Dooley Investigates – BBC Three.

[online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0581cdx

[Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

 

  • (4) 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 20 Oct. 2017].

 

  • (5) 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 20 Oct. 2017].

 

  • (6) BBC iPlayer. (2017). Professor Green: Living in Poverty.

[online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p059b6sp/professor-green-living-in-poverty

[Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

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