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Passion picks up “The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump”

London sales house Passion Distribution has picked up the Guy Simmonds-directed documentary, The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the company confirmed Monday, Jan. 23 at Realscreen Summit in Washington, ...
January 23, 2017

London sales house Passion Distribution has picked up the Guy Simmonds-directed documentary, The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the company confirmed Monday, Jan. 23 at Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C.

The doc takes a look at the story that made headlines in June 2016 when 20-year old Michael Sandford of Britain was arrested at a Donald Trump rally after taking a police officer’s gun with the intent to shoot then-Republican presidential nominee. Sandford found himself in the media spotlight and in the hands of America’s justice system. Questions arose of how did a middle-class boy from the suburban England, who has Asperger’s, end up thousands of miles outside of his home? And what drove him to attempt to kill one of the world’s most powerful men?

The film follows Sandford’s uncertain family as they travel to the U.S. for his sentencing. The documentary is set against Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency, and explores Sandford’s complex past and using archival footage and exclusive eye witness interviews to try and make sense of his reason for attempted murder.

The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump is produced by Firecracker Films for BBC 3. The documentary was made available in the UK on BBC iplayer on Friday, Jan. 20.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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