Minnow Films

Feature Films:

Short Films:

Jailbirds 2009
Minnow Films for BBC Two   1 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for BBC Two

Britain’s young women are committing nearly 40% more crimes than 6 years ago, and they’re beginning to catch up with boys in the violence and theft rates. Filmed over six months, The Trouble With Girls: Jailbirds tells the stories of two of the young women behind these statistics, whose lives are stuck in the criminal justice system.

20 year old Shona from Doncaster, and 17 year old Abbie from York are finding it difficult to stay clear of the criminal justice system. Both have been arrested dozens of times and have already been imprisoned three times each. This powerful observational documentary begins as Shona is coming to the end of her probation period, and when Abbie is released from a Young Offenders’ Institute and moves into a hostel. Both girls want to go straight and sort their lives out, but it's not as easy as either hope.

“The film… let’s Shona and Abbie do the talking. And it’s all the more powerful for that, a bleak portrait of two girls in trouble. Unhappy, yes, but also very human.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“Absorbing and thought-provoking documentary”
Sunday Times


Filmed and Directed by
Jo Hughes
Executive Producers
Madonna Benjamin
Elodie Gornall
Morgan Matthews
Associate Producers
Kate Griffiths
Ruth Nicklin
Sunshine Jackson Underhill
Production Managers
Lucy Marshall
Susan Muirhead
Original Music
Sam Hooper