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Hillsborough (2016)

Hillsborough is an in-depth, moving account of Britain's worst sporting disaster, in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised. Beginning with... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Margaret Aspinall Margaret Aspinall ... Herself
William Bale William Bale ... Bernard Murray
David Duckenfield David Duckenfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Evans Tony Evans ... Himself
Sheila Glass Sheila Glass ... Jury Member
Ty Hurley Ty Hurley ... Member of the Jury
Abdul Hakim Joy ... Jury Member
Steve Leighton ... Phil Scraton
Martin McLoughlin Martin McLoughlin ... Himself
Phil Scraton Phil Scraton ... Himself
Patricia Winker Patricia Winker ... Librarian, House of Lords
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Hillsborough is an in-depth, moving account of Britain's worst sporting disaster, in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised. Beginning with that fateful day, 15 April 1989, the film details the horror of the tragedy, told through the experiences of those directly involved: fans, survivors, family members and police officers. Many speak publicly for the first time. It captures the horror of the crush on the terraces, revealing the prejudices held by the police towards football fans. It exposes the police commanders' abject failure in leadership as the tragedy unfolded, and their deceit and determination to deflect responsibility for their failures in crowd management onto those who survived. The documentary exposes the lack of dignity shown to bereaved families as they arrived in Sheffield to identify their loved ones laid out in body bags on a gymnasium floor. It considers the impact of the orchestrated vilification of fans in the ...

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The American sports network ESPN, as part of its 30 for 30 series of sports films (under a new "Soccer Stories" subdivision), aired the original documentary "Hillsborough" as a co-production with the BBC. The documentary was unable to be shown in Great Britain upon initial release due to the 2012 High Court inquest still being in progress and the UK's jury tampering laws; the documentary contains previously unreleased security camera footage from the stadium on the day of the disaster. Upon the final inquest verdict being announced in April 2016 the BBC announced that they would air a new updated version of the documentary, with additional footage from the inquest, the final verdict and reactions to that verdict. See more »

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Harrowing Documentary That Severely Criticizes the Establishment for its Indifference towards Human Beings
20 May 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

On 15 April 1989, ninety-six Liverpool fans perished at Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, in Britain's worst sporting disaster. Most of them were crushed to death as they were herded into a pen like cattle at the Leppings Lane end of the ground. The police not only lacked direction, but they completely lost control and eventually proved helpless to avert the catastrophe.

Most of the basic facts of the case are well known, especially in light of the recent court judgment. Daniel Gordon's documentary tells the story of the disaster itself, plus the twenty-seven year campaign waged by the victims' families to clear the football fans of any wrongdoing on that fateful day.

The stories of what happened are heart-breaking: of families saying goodbye to their loved ones on what was supposed to be a joyous occasion, and never seeing them alive again. The police were brutally insensitive in the way they dealt with the bereaved - having laid out the corpses in a gymnasium next to Hillsborough, they forced the families to identify the dead, and subsequently interviewed them, asking leading questions such as - "was your son/daughter/father drunk when they arrived at the ground?" Yet the overriding impression of HILLSBOROUGH was one of sheer horror at the way the Establishment - the police, the judiciary system, as well as successive governments - closed ranks to deny the victims' families justice for so many years after the disaster occurred. The South Yorkshire Police force, led by David Duckenfield, were entirely to blame for their appalling crowd management on that fateful day; yet they sought to shift blame on to the fans by claiming that the fans were both drunk and violent in their behavior. Statements given by individual officers were deliberately tampered with, and sometimes completely rewritten; while senior officers and high-ranking legal eagles repeatedly claimed that there was no new evidence to show that the police were culpable in any way.

Due to the efforts of Professor Phil Scraton and his fellow panelists (appointed in 2010 to re-examine the case), all these claims turned out to be false. The incriminating evidence was brought to light; and finally, in April 2016, the fans were exonerated.

Yet we were left wondering whether the South Yorkshire Police and other Establishment organizations be punished for their willful attempts to pervert the course of justice. In light of the Establishment's behavior over the last twenty-seven years, it seems that no one still wants to take responsibility for the suffering caused to the victims' families.


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