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Filmmaker Kim Longinotto talks about her observational style of filmmaking and the extraordinary teachers at the Mulberry Bush School.


England's Mulberry Bush School houses emotionally disturbed children whose extreme, sometimes violent behavior are met with only consolation and gentle restraint from the school's heroically forbearing staff.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 28, 2009

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Filmmaker: Kim Longinotto Bio | Interview | Statement

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Kim Longinotto
Kim Longinotto

To me, one of the most moving things was seeing men [the male teachers] being so loving with boys and so supportive; you got a glimpse of what fathers should be like.”

— Kim Longinotto, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Mixing ferocity with tenderness, delicacy with tenacity ... a docu of uncompromised integrity and edge-of-the seat drama”

— John Anderson, Variety

Disturbing, deeply moving and even at times, darkly comic …a very strong piece of work”

— David Jenkins, Time Out London

Remarkable … shot with clarity and human kindness”

— Jason Solomons, The Observer

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