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C4 orders “The Bulger Murder: 25 Years On” from October Films

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned October Films for a documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of James Bulger’s murder. Bulger was abducted and murdered by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and ...
January 24, 2018

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned October Films for a documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of James Bulger’s murder.

Bulger was abducted and murdered by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, in 1993. The documentary will bring together key individuals involved in Bulger’s trial to see if justice was served.

The Bulger Murder: 25 Years On (1 x 60, w/t), directed by Matt Smith, also includes excerpts from the police interview tapes with Venables and Thompson.

Interviewees include Ralph Bulger, Laurence Lee (Jon Venables’ solicitor), Dominic Lloyd (Robert Thompson’s solicitor), Detective Sergeant Phil Roberts (who conducted the interviews with Thompson), Detective Inspector Jim Fitzsimmons, Richard Henriques, QC (barrister for the prosecution), Home Secretary at the time Lord Michael Howard, former Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie, journalist Shelagh Fogarty and author Blake Morrison.

Britain is one of the few countries in which a child can be sentenced for a murder, and there is increasing evidence that at that age, they find it difficult to comprehend the consequences of their actions.

Many countries have increased their age of criminal responsibility whereas Britain has remained the same. The doc looks at how the Norwegian authorities took a different approach to a similar crime and why Britain’s reaction was so different.

“The murder of James Bulger fundamentally changed the way we Britons live and continues to provoke raw emotion,” said Matt Robins, creative director at October and EP, in a statement. “We saw this film as an opportunity to ask how 25 years of hindsight have affected the perspectives of those closest to the case.  Rather than retreading the details of that dark day in Liverpool, we wanted to consider what the British reaction says about us as a nation and whether we’ve changed over the intervening years.”

 

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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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