Director’s Intention

By viewing the events through the eyes of a child, and setting this short away from the scene of the disaster, I hope to approach this emotive issue from a fresh perspective.

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Twenty-five years on Hillsborough remains the biggest sporting disaster in British history. Yet although the loss of life has been well documented, the immediate impact on families watching this tragedy at home is often overlooked.

By viewing the events through the eyes of a child, and setting this short away from the scene of the disaster, I hope to approach this emotive issue from a fresh perspective. The simplicity of the narrative structure is designed to allow the audience to grasp the parallels between the family’s experiences in Liverpool and the avoidable horror that occurred in the stadium.

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My vision for the aesthetic is inspired by British poetic realism, specifically the visceral work of Steve McQueen. The cinematography is inflected and interpretative throughout, and includes flights of surrealism to signal that this is a symbolic exploration of the disaster rather than a factual representation.

The project is supported by both the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, who both agree that we were dealing with an aspect of the disaster that is often forgotten. Their only guidance was that we approach the subject matter with truth and sensitivity.

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