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When I was Twelve

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Twelve year old Chloe is sick of moving house. As soon as they get settled in one place, her Mum gets in trouble and they have to move to another cold, run-down Burnley council house. Mum, Chloe and brother Gary, are driven to the new estate by wise-cracking Neil, who takes a shine to Chloe's Mum. As they bundle their few possessions into the house, Chloe meets Kelly, their sparky next door neighbour who is her age.

Kelly and Chloe strike up a friendship, talking about boys, sharing cigarettes and Kelly introduces Chloe to lighter-fuel sniffing. At home, Chloe gets constantly picked on by Gary. Her mum does nothing to help; she is too wrapped up in her drinking and depression. From her bedroom window Chloe begins to notice the older boy over the way. His name is Lee and the two of them find they have their bad home lives in common.

One night Chloe witnesses Lee being beaten up by his dad. The next thing she knows, Lee pulls up outside in a stolen car. He is running away and Chloe begs to come with him. They go, but Chloe ends up being picked up by the police and taken home.

Things go from bad to worse and Chloe deteriorates fast. Finally Chloe has had enough. She leaves and there's hope in her eyes. She is getting away before it is too late.

A made for TV film.


Type of film
Running Time
75 mins 32 secs
Super 16mm
Dominic Savage
David M Thompson
Executive Producer
David M Thompson
David Hill
Dominic Savage
Director of Photography
Graham Smith
Stuart Bruce
Principal Cast
Holly Scourfield, Jody Latham, Ashley Thewlis, Lisa Millet, Neil Bell


Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

BBC Films
1 Mortimer Street
London W1N 7RH

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F 00 44 (0)20 7765 0194


BBC Films
1 Mortimer Street
London W1N 7RH

T 00 44 (0)20 7765 0091
F 00 44 (0)20 7765 0194