Ladybird Ladybird

Synopsis: This Ken Loach docu-drama relates the story of a British woman's fight with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie has a history of bouncing from one abusive relationship to another. She has four children, of four different fathers, who came to the attention of Social Services when they were injured in a fire. Subsequently, Maggie was found to be an "unfit mother" and her children were removed from her care. She finally meets the man of her dreams, a Paraguayan expatriate, and they start a family together. Unfortunately, Social Services seems unwilling to accept that her life has changed and rends them from their new children. She and Jorge together, and separately, fight Social Services, Immigration, and other government bureaucrats in a desperate battle to make their family whole again.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: Hallmark Entertainment
  6 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
71%
R
Year:
1994
101 min
158 Views

Thank you, Maggie.

We're gonna take a five-minute break.

- Your voice is really beautiful.

- Sorry?

- Your voice is really beautiful.

- Oh, yeah? Ta.

- Um, so you want a drink?

- Sorry?

Would you like a drink?

No, it's all right, cos I'm up there with me

sister and her husband and me mate, Jill.

Well, I, er... I'd like

to talk to you and, er...

Why don't we have one?

Just five minutes?

And it won't be long. I mean...

- I tell you what, I'll have one drink. Just one.

- OK.

- I'll just get me bag.

- What would you like?

- I'll have half a lager.

- OK, can we have it on the other side?

It's quieter there. OK?

Oh, my God! I think I've tacked off

with Julio Ingleses.

Hey, take it easy

and keep your knickers on.

I will.

- Where're you sitting?

- We sit over here.

What's your name anyway?

My name is Jorge.

- Who? Who-hey?

- Jorge.

- Who?

- J-O-R-G-E.

- Jorge.

- Who-hey. I can't say it.

- Come on, it's easy.

- I can't say it.

J- O-R-G-E. Jorge.

- It sounds like George, doesn't it?

- It is George.

- Well, is it all right if I call you George?

- That's nice.

- My name's Maggie, by the way.

- Hello, Maggie.

- Where are you from?

- Um... I'm from Paraguay.

- Paraguay?

- It's a little country in South America.

- Here y'are, have one of these.

- OK, thank you. Thank you.

Oh, here y'are.

Um... I think your song was beautiful.

My song?

Oh, thanks, George.

But, um...

I thought you were a bit sad though.

Sad, me? No, I'm not sad.

Well, you looked sad.

Maybe I've got lots to be sad about.

You never know, do you, George?

- You have worries?

- God, we all have worries.

Well, maybe I can help you?

You help me?

That'd be a laugh.

I don't think you could help me.

Well, perhaps I could, you know?

No.

You got kids, have you, George?

No, I don't.

I have. Four.

Four lovely little babies,

but they're not with me at the moment.

Social Services have got them.

Oh. Oh.

I travel a lot. I've been in Spain,

United States, Manchester, Liverpool...

- Liverpool? I was born in Liverpool.

- Really?

But I haven't been back for years.

God, I don't half miss it.

I've been living up here years.

- I was born in Liverpool.

- Oh, right.

I haven't been there for years, God.

You must have been a pretty little girl.

Yeah.

God, that was a long time ago, wasn't it?

When I was little.

Come on!

You're not jumping high enough!

I don't remember much

about being little.

I don't remember much

till I was about five.

Do you think I'm f*cking stupid?

You f*cking twat!

F*cking bitch! I f*cking hate you!

I'll bash the f*ck out of you, bitch!

F*cking twat!

Tell her to pick the f*cking toys

up off the floor!

Don't cry.

Get in and pick the toys up.

Maggie, come on, love...

I'll f*ckin' batter you! F*cking cunt!

I'll f*ckin' kill you!

- Mummy!

- F*ckin' bitch!

Anyway, I'd really not like to talk about it.

To be honest.

- I would like to know, you know.

- You'd like to know about me? Why?

Well...

Why would they take your kids from you?

As I say... They like to keep busy.

Like to keep interferin'.

- Do you know what social workers are?

- No.

No?

Well... social workers

is what's got my kids.

Maybe I'll get them back, maybe I won't.

There's Sean, with Mary.

There's Serena.

And there's Mickey.

Four different kids to four different dads.

You think I should get it on a t-shirt?

Save everyone asking questions.

- I think you have been unlucky.

- Unlucky?

Mairead wouldn't say that.

Mairead said I was being stupid.

She says I smell trouble

and I go to bed with it.

- Hey, what's that?

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Rona Munro

Rona Munro (born 7 September 1959) is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck. more…

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