Morton shifts from actor to director in this stark, intimate portrait of a young British girl thrown from an abusive family into the hands of government care. —tiff.net
With only a handful of film credits to her name, British actress Samantha Morton earned a reputation as one of the most critically lauded up-and-comers of the late ’90s. Small-boned and possessed of almost elfin features, Morton, who was born in Nottingham in 1977, began acting on television at the age of 13. She appeared in a number of series, including the popular crime drama Cracker and such costume extravaganzas as Jane Eyre and Emma.
Morton became known to an international film audience in 1997, when she won wide acclaim for her wrenching, fearless portrayal of a young woman driven to promiscuous behavior by the death of her mother in Carine Adler’s Under the Skin. The following year, she did starring work in The Last Yellow and Dreaming of Joseph Lees, playing the girlfriend of a small-time crook in the former and a dissatisfied young woman harboring romantic feelings for her long-absent second cousin (Rupert Graves) in the latter.
In 1999, Morton’s name became an… read more
Whats with British Actors making one off directorial debuts that are wonderful downbeat working class films about Britian. Tim roth Gary Oldman and Paddy cosindine all made classic but bleak dramas. Samantha Morton joins that list with this semi based on her own upbrininging and does herself Justice even though i don't think it tops those three guys films. A Must see.