Lifetime movie Girl in the Basement tells the harrowing story of a young girl named Sara who is imprisoned in her family basement by her father, Don.

The film was made as part of Lifetime's Ripped From the Headlines collection and was directed by Elisabeth Röhm, who is best known for her roles as an actress in Angel as Kate Lockley and in Law & Order as Serena Southerlyn.

The film is a difficult watch and features distressing subject matter, with Röhm telling The Wrap:

"Lifetime has broken boundaries with this movie by telling a story that’s a call to action about abuse on a very significant level."

"Inspired by actual events, Girl in the Basement is the horrific story of Sara (Stefanie Scott), a vibrant teen girl who was looking forward to her 18th birthday so she could move away from her controlling father, Don (Judd Nelson)."

The film stars Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) as Don, while Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) plays Sara.

The rest of the cast is rounded out by Joely Fisher, Emma Myers, Braxton Bjerken, Jake Nuttall and Emily Topper amongst others.