Star-studded Hollywood film offers realistic portrayal of Care Experience

Who Cares? Scotland advance screening of Instant Family launches new movie to Care Experienced Community


Care Experienced people and their family and friends came together to watch the Paramount Pictures Movie ‘Instant Family‘, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. The film was inspired by the real-life experience of director Sean Anders, who adopted three children in America. He opened the Who Cares? Screening with a specially shot video message, saying he wanted the film to show realistic portrayals of real children and young people with experience of the care system.

The film is a touching and humorous account of a couple who become foster parents to three children, including a teenage girl. It documents the complex combination of challenges and rewards that come with becoming an ‘instant family’. The film was well received by Who Cares? Scotland members who spoke afterwards of how it represented their lives, and how it was ‘essential viewing’ for the public.

Their views echoed those of director Sean Anders, who said:

“We hope our movie will help people in Scotland think about whether you can be part of the solution”

This movie is due for general release in the U.K. on Care Day 2019. Kenny Murray, Public Affairs Coordinator at Who Cares? Scotland said,

“We had heard that this movie was the most realistic portrayal of Care Experienced people that Hollywood had ever produced. I am glad to say that it lived up to all expectations. This movie shows Care Experienced people for everything they are and can be, if only they are given a lifetime of equality, respect and love.”

Sean Anders, Director, gave Who Cares? Scotland permission to do this advance screening.

INSTANT FAMILY_SeanAnders_WhoCaresScotland from Who Cares? Scotland on Vimeo.

This is what some of those who saw it today said about the movie.

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