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Channel 5 to explore child caregivers in doc special

Produced by Spun Gold, 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child's Eyes (pictured) follows three children between ages 11 and 13 who are caring for their bed-ridden parents.
July 2, 2014

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will this week air the documentary 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes (pictured) from producer Spun Gold.

The one x 60-minute doc, airing tomorrow night, follows three children between ages 11 and 13 who are caring for their bed-ridden parents. The stories are told in a first-person style using footage shot by the kids, who talk about the pressures to balance school and friends with their responsibilities at home.

“The stories of how these children are forced to live today in modern Britain are shocking,” said Spun Gold creative director Daniela Neumann in a statement. “You cannot fail to be moved by the difficulties they face. These are very important stories that need to be told. It is staggering that children have to carry the burden of taking care of a sick parent in this day and age.”

12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes was commissioned by Channel 5′s commissioning editor for factual Simon Raikes. Chris Kelly is the executive producer for Spun Gold and Nic Guttridge is directing.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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