Mum of murdered toddler James Bulger has said that she is “disgusted” that a film about the murder (and murderers) of her son, who was killed back in ’93, has been nominated for an Oscar.
The film in question, Detainment, made the shortlist yesterday for the Academy’s best live action short film – which recreates police interviews with Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the two boy killers, using the actual transcripts.
Denise Fergus wrote on Twitter…
Denise had previously called for the film to be removed from the Oscars shortlist but yesterday it was officially nominated in the Best Live Action Short category.
Following the announcement, Denise wrote on Twitter, ‘I cannot express how disgusted and upset I am at this so-called film that has been made and now nominated for an Oscar.’
Director Vincent Lambe confirmed that he hadn’t consulted the victim’s family before making the film. He admitted,
“In hindsight, I think we probably should have got in touch or let her [Denise Fergus] know we were going to make it.”
The movie has gained worldwide attention and an online petition to have it banned has reached over 100,000 signatures.
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