The idea for the film came from a news report I read a number of years ago. It was a heartbreaking story of a group of children left home alone by their troubled mum for several days. When I started to research the idea I
uncovered an astonishing level of child neglect in the UK, 27,000 children are neglected every year and over 5000 are taken into care and separated from their siblings.
We shot the in the smallest flat in London over five of the hottest days on record. It was truly intense, most of the crew had worked with me before in TV and they were brilliant and despite the difficult working conditions they
were so professional and patient with the young cast.
The most important thing was I wanted to keep the takes as long as possible, I knew I could cut and combine takes to help Mollie’s performance, but I wanted to keep it as honest as I possibly could. In the end I used one take for
many scenes and never cut away unless I absolutely had to. This gives the film honesty and a vitality.