Kelly and Her Sisters Grow Up
Wednesday, 7.30pm, Bio In 2000, Britain’s ITV channel investigated a family of six children living in poverty in a housing estate in Birmingham with their depressed and occasionally suicidal mother and unemployed father. The result was the BAFTA-winning documentary Kelly and Her Sisters . Directed by Marilyn Gaunt, the documentary was told mainly in the words of 10-year-old Kelly Hogan and her five sisters. A delightful and resourceful kid with a great attitude to the misery around her, Kelly broke hearts and did much to bring the attention of the government of the day to the problem of child poverty. A lot has has changed in Britain and Tony Blair’s promise to end child poverty has failed miserably, with an estimated three million British children living below the poverty line. Though this follow-up was made 11 years later with a different director (Jamie Berry) there are many catch-up moments from the original. They lend the project more than a hint of Michael Apted’s excellent social anthropology series Seven Up.