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Murdered for Being Different (2017)

On August 11, 2007, twenty-year-old Sophie Lancaster was brutally attacked in a park by a gang of teenagers and died 13 days later in hospital. She and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were attacked because they were dressed as Goths.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chanel Cresswell ... DC Steph Farley
Nico Mirallegro ... Rob Maltby
Abigail Lawrie ... Sophie Lancaster
Sally Lindsay Sally Lindsay ... Tracey Maltby
Sophie McShera ... Mandy
Reiss Jarvis Reiss Jarvis ... Michel Gorman
Amelia Clarke Amelia Clarke ... Sam Gorman
Chris Coghill ... Dave Maltby
Jack Smith Jack Smith ... Sean McDonagh
Jason Milligan Jason Milligan ... DI Holden
Ezra Watson Ezra Watson ... Brendan Harris
Connor Mullen Connor Mullen ... Ryan Herbert
Lewis Brown Lewis Brown ... Danny Hulme
Callum Harrison Callum Harrison ... Danny Mallett
Macauley Foggerty Macauley Foggerty ... Jo Hulme (as Macauley Fogarty)


In 2006 teenagers Sophie Lancaster and Rob Maltby are attracted to each other by their shared Goth appearance. However in a small Lancashire town their unusual looks and piercings invite hostility. A year later they are lured to a skateboard park and set upon by a gang of thugs, purely because they look different. Michael Gorman does not join in the attack and, feeling guilty for not intervening, rings for an ambulance, attracting the attention of dogged policewoman Steph Farley, anxious to arrest the culprits whilst he is under pressure from the other boys to say nothing. When Sophie dies of her injuries it becomes a murder case and Michael is forced to tell Steph the truth about what happened. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 June 2017 (UK) See more »

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GBP600,000 (estimated)
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Sophie Lancaster - Lest Anyone Forgets.
17 October 2017 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire on 11 August 2007, and Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon by a pack of feral thugs - their crime was to be different, to dress differently from their attackers. The attack left both Sophie and Robert in comas, Sophie would never wake up, murdered for being different. This BBC film tells the story.

Back in the dead part of 1970s Great Britain, I was a Punk Rocker, something that to many was akin to being the Devil's spawn. So much so a car swerved to try and hit me one day as I crossed the road, the ignorance and intolerance back then still manifests itself today, quite often with tragic and hateful consequence. Upon watching Murdered for Being Different, the impact of the overwhelming sadness is only rivalled by the revulsion at those responsible for Sophie's death.

The film is a valid and highly worthy production, picking up on the burgeoning love between Sophie and Robert, and then taking us to that fateful early August 11th morning. We observe the immediate aftermath and subsequent investigation into the incident, the effects of such on family and a key witness to what had unfolded. The pic is guilty of cutting corners, we really should have had more on the attackers post the attack, on how they reacted in the run up to their arrest (media tells us they were unrepentant scum), while a tactful omission of Sophie's mother in the play is noted with respect but still leaves a hole.

But ultimately complaints are churlish, for this makes its mark. It's very well produced, the performances very tight, with Abigail Lawrie as Sophie doing her proud and Reiss Jarvis superb as the conflicted key witness Michael Gorman. Soundtrack is pin sharp, right up to the finale which is played out to the haunting grace of Placebo covering Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill. A distressing viewing experience but one that all should be privy to, point made and hopefully a jolt to the system of any human being with the potential for hate crime in their black hearts. 9/10

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