Crime and Injustice Series

On 15 April 1989, 95 men, women and children died on the terraces of the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield.  Almost immediately, the police and press began to put forward a false version of events that blamed football fans for the tragedy, which had in fact been caused by poor safety management and inadequate planning by the emergency services.  The bereaved families fought for 27 years to clear the names of their loved ones and to establish the truth behind the tragedy.

Professor Phil Scraton, the factual consultant for this film, was a key member of the campaign for new inquests and his work was vital in finally revealing not only the cause of the disaster but also in exposing the cover-up that had lasted for nearly three decades. He is the author of what is widely regarded as being the definitive account of the disaster Hillsborough; The Truth (2016).

The Hillsborough disaster represents one of the longest and most painful fights for justice in British legal history.  Daniel Gordon’s BAFTA-winning film meticulously and powerfully presents the true story of how families and campaigners fought for the final vindication of those who had suffered on that day.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and question answer session.

This will be chaired by David Manlow (Principal Lecturer in Criminology University of Westminster) and the panel members will include the film’s director Dan Gordon and Professor Scraton (Queens University Belfast).

Crime and Injustice Series

The Regent Street Cinema and the University of Westminster Criminology team present a series of films which explore the important themes of crime and justice.  This is the first screening of the series.

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121 mins
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May 24th

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