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See No Evil: The Moors Murders [DVD]
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Powerful television drama based on a true story. Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady (Sean Harris) and Myra Hindley (Maxine Peake) abducted, sexually assaulted and brutally murdered five children, disposing of the bodies in shallow graves across Manchester's Saddleworth Moor. The chilling story is told from the view of Hindley's sister, Maureen Smith (Joanne Froggatt).
Powerful and thought-provoking drama based on one of the most shocking crimes of the 20th century. This is the chilling story of child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and how they were finally brought to justice. Convicted of the torture and killing of five youngsters, the Moors Murderers remain two of the most hated figures in Britain.
See No Evil reveals the untold story and is based on two years of intensive research and interviews with detectives and the key trial witness. It is produced in consultation with the murdered childrens relatives.
Starring Maxine Peak (Shameless), Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People), Joanne Froggatt (Spooks) and George Costigan (Casualty).
"Even 40 years on, it's hard to think of a subject more likely to raise hackles and misfire. So much braver, then, for ITV to tackle it; and so much more admirable for it to have been done so superbly." - The Daily Telegraph
"While it was undoubtedly grim viewing, it had a compulsive grip that I simply couldn't shake off." - Daily Express
"...Peake's performance (as Myra Hindley) was eerily convincing." - The Mirror
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Sean Harris, in the role of Ian Brady, looks deeply disturbing from the very start even when he is being civil, and he brilliantly conveys the murderer's cold sadism, twisted intelligence and delusions of grandeur. This is a masterful, menacing and convincing portrayal of pathological evil. As his partner in crime Myra Hindley, Maxine Peake is not at first sight as overtly unpleasant a character as we might expect, but nevertheless her portrayal of Hindley as Brady's unprincipled and enthusiastic accomplice is extremely convincing.
The story unfolds mainly though the eyes of Hindley's sister and brother-in-law, the unfairly maligned David and Maureen Smith, who turned in the killers to the police in spite of the great risk to themselves. By doing so they ensured that no more children and young people would be brutally murdered, yet the subsequent effects on their own lives were devastating. Again, the couple are powerfully portrayed by Joanne Froggatt and Michael McNulty.
And then there are the police. George Costigan is superb as the resourceful and determined DCI Joe Mounsey, who with his equally able team stays on the case of the missing children long after his superiors have lost interest. His role is well contrasted with some of his colleagues, with frank portrayals of those who were busy accusing the wrong people or at best dragging their feet, unable to make connections or simply not all that bothered about children going missing.Read more ›
Accomplished character actors Sean Harris and Maxine Peake are both excellent as the twisted child murderers Brady and Hindley, their performances are eerily convincing, really managing to bring the monsters to life. Harris in particular excels as Brady, his facial expressions and mannerisms are exactly how I imagined him to be like in real life. The underrated actor George Costigan as DCI Joe Mounsey (the policeman who led to investigation and never gave up, particularly in finding the couple's second victim John Kilbride) is also another stand-out performance, although all of the actors in this drama turn out fantastic performances.
I did say that Maxine Peake was excellent, if not a little too attractive as Hindley, and I do indeed think she was. However, unlike Brady, who I believe was portrayed exactly as he was at the time, the Hindley character was written here as being far softer than she actually was. I have read every book on the case, watched just about every documentary, including 2003's 'Myra: The Making of a Monster', were David Smith was interviewed for the cameras, and what I've heard, his sister-in-law was certainly not the doting auntie, far from it, and lacking in emotion. Nevertheless, the 'Myra' that was given to Maxine to play in this drama, was portrayed well by her.Read more ›
All roles portrayed are thoroughly convincing, and the nature of the drama is very sensitively handled.
My only criticism is the change of music from the original transmission. This may be due to copyright issues, but it doesn't work. Music for opening scene is changed, the music when the two sisters have a dance together on the moors is different and doesn't synch with the dance movements, and changing the little drummer's song to the lesser known chorale at the end of the infamous tape recording really loses some dramatic impact at such a crucial part of the proceedings. I would add that the tape recording issuenisnalso handled extremely sensitively, and we only hear this musical extract to make us realise that the detectives have just listened to the most evil recording in history. That's why the change of music is poor.
For anyone interested in the subject material, this dramatisation is a must.
However, I fully appreciate that the topic of this film is fraught with emotion and difficulty, and that trying to express the horror that Brady and Hindley inflicted on their victims has to be tempered and toned down. Furthermore achieving a balance between representing actual events or their impact is always going to be difficult, and this is were I think the film failed. It assumes that the audience already know a lot of what happened concerning the Moors Murders. There is no examination as to how or why the two embarked on their depraved journey. Instead in shifts the focus onto Hindley's sister and husband, whilst this is interesting it detracts somewhat from the intention of the story.
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Wel acted . A bit upsetting when you know it is based on a real story.Published 4 months ago by Kawasaki kid