The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.
Brían F. O'Byrne,
Father Michael, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish who is Modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed; must be confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation ... See full summary »
As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.
The movie itself is OK. It addresses a very important topic, I applaud that. But in the end the real story is STILL not told. For a movie that at its core tries to address the real story, that's unforgivable. What happened in Rochdale, and other parts of the country, still goes by the name of "offenses by 'Asian' men", 'Pakistani' men, or other non- descriptive labels that do not address the deeper lying issues. That the movie still does not want to dig into these deeper issues shows the inability of large parts of (British) society to recognize the bigger issues at hand. The fact that 50 of 56 convicted child sex grooming offenders since 1997 were Muslim goes largely unmentioned, just as it is not mentioned that most victims where "white" girls. Apparently it is not open to discussion to explore how that could have had an impact on what happened. Without an honest discussion, and with police and "government" willing to sacrifice justice to avoid being labeled "racist", how can society protect these innocent children in the future? It's sad that this movie still decides to be silent about these important questions, and even tries to spin a different story about racism.
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