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

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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 April 23, 2014

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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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