Rhea, 13 years old, is the primary carer for her father Martin who self-medicates with cannabis. When school bullies find out that Martin’s medicine is home-grown, Rhea quickly learns that sharing is not always caring.


Writer & Director Jack Curtis 

Producer Greg Lonsdale 

Director of Photography Jermaine Edwards 


Lola Wood 

Garry Robson 

The film is not an advocation of the use of cannabis, but an exploration of societal attitudes towards it; explored using Rhea's journey and highlighted by the choices she is faced with as a consequence of continued cannabis prohibition.

The team behind Growing Pains


  • BFI Film Academy Film Festival, Sheffied, UK
  • Deep in the Heart Film Festival, Texas, USA
  • Landshut Short Film Festival, Bavaria, Germany
  • Bute Street Film and Art Festival, Luton, UK
  • Poppy Jasper International Film Festival, California, USA
  • Crystal Palace International Film Festival, London, UK
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival, Mississippi, USA
  • Hamilton Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
  • Newport Beach Film Festival, California, USA
  • SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, Rhode Island, USA
  • Exit 6 Film Festival, Basingstoke, UK
  • Anthem Film Festival, South Dakota, USA (WINNER: Best International Short)
  • Indy Film Fest, Indiana, USA
  • Dam Short Film Festival, Nevada, USA (WINNER: Best Screenplay)

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