Leanne Best's performance as a single mum who suffers a stroke if just brilliant!
Written & Directed by Nicholas Connor - who was 17 at the time of production – the film is about a single mother (Leanne Best) who suffers a devastating stroke leaving her teenage daughter (Katie Quinn) and 7-year-old son (Max Vento) to care for her.
COTTON WOOL is inspired by the plight and courage of the 243,000 child-carers under 19 in England and Wales; 22,000 of which are under the age of 9. The ‘National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’ reports over 100,000 strokes in the UK each year causing 38,000 deaths, making it the leading cause of death and disability.
Speaking of her role Leanne Best said, “The story of Cotton Wool highlighted for me the plight of so many families and young carers in England.” She added, “I’m thrilled it’s going to reach a wider audience.”
Best is enthusiastic about the response to the film’s release, “It’s been really overwhelming actually.” On the subject of child carers in the UK, she continues “Many don’t know [that] it was anywhere near that number.”
COTTON WOOL stars Leanne Best, Max Vento, Katie Quinn, Kate Rutter and Crissy Rock.
Watch award-winning Short Film COTTON WOOL now on Amazon Prime Video.