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, April 15th 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.
Hillsborough exposes the lack of dignity shown to bereaved families as they arrived in Sheffield to identify their loved ones. It reveals the impact of the orchestrated vilification of fans in the media and, as a consequence, their public condemnation. Interviewing those involved, it recounts the 27 year campaign for justice fought on behalf of the 96 who died.
Initially the film was to have been shown in 2014 but an embargo was placed on films and books about the disaster by the coroner, Sir John Goldring. The powerful documentary has been edited, with a new ending to reflect the events of the past few weeks after the verdicts.
Professor Phil Scraton, QUB, explains 'Hillsborough traces the ground-breaking fight for justice by the families of the 96 men, women and children and those who survived from their experiences on the day through to the momentous inquest verdict in April 2016. I have been privileged to have worked with them throughout their 27 year journey, writing Hillsborough: The Truth, the Independent Panel's game-changing report and throughout the inquests. This EMMY nominated film, without commentary and using contemporaneous media coverage, tells Hillsborough's story through the experiences of those directly involved. It is a remarkable achievement.'
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Daniel Gordon (Producer/Director, Hillsborough) and Professor Phil Scraton PhD, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast (Factual Consultant, Hillsborough; Author, Hillsborough: The Truth; and Lead Author, the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report).