London-based indie Zeppelin Films has received the greenlight from British broadcaster Sky Crime to produce its latest true-crime documentary The Murder of Lee Irving: Disability Mate Crime.
The one-off film examines the murder of Lee Irving, a 24-year-old man with learning difficulties who is exploited then lured to his death by four “mates” in Newcastle, England.
Directed by David McConnell, the feature is produced Zeppelin Films, which was launched in 2018 by former BBC commissioning editor Elliot Reed.
“Fourteen agencies, including social services, were involved with Lee since he was four years old. A review concluded there were multiple failings to safeguard Lee, who was in and out of prison,” Reed said of the project. “Six years on, those closest to Lee are still struggling to come to terms with his death. This is his story.”
The prodco has also been commissioned to produce another true-crime feature doc, Murdered by the Mob: The Killing of Bijan Ebrahimi for Channel 5, and has also produced 22-hours of factual content across the documentary, true crime and factual entertainment spaces.