Based in part on personal experience, KIN is set against the backdrop of a care system in which limited resources and free-falling adoption rates mean children who enter the system after the age of 14 are significantly less likely to find a foster family.
Unspoken rules determining who is suitable for adoption can put unimaginable pressure on kids like Harry, our protagonist’s 13-year-old brother, as they face a ‘now or never’ moment in their early teens – fully aware that older they become, the less suitable they are deemed for adoption. It’s a feeling no child this young – and very much still vulnerable – should have to face.
Playing out in the outskirts of Bristol, our film follows Harry's older brother Jamie dealing with the rejection of his application for kinship care. Over the course of the film, Jamie is forced to come to a difficult realisation about what the best option might be for his brother.
The film highlights the chasm between growing up with a family and growing up institutionalised, framing this distinction through the intimate, powerful, and universally relatable bond between two brothers. As Jamie, our protagonist, is forced to accept difficult truths, a story emerges about learning to put aside what you want in order to do what’s best for your family.
In Jamie’s case, it’s the only family he has ever known.