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Shockingly sad film - but sloppy editing
on 31 December 2012
I will start my review with the only negative point I can think of - my one complaint with this DVD was the sloppy editing. Why leave the titles up where the adverts would have been shown when it originally aired on TV? If you can cut the ads out, why not the titles? That was the only thing that kept reminding me it was a film, which was a shame because it would otherwise have been totally absorbing.
Still, it has 5 stars from me regardless of that. I was 15 years old at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, and I remember seeing it on the news, but at that time it did not really affect me and my life - I was 15 and like many 15 year olds, probably more interested in myself and what I was planning to do with my friends that weekend. But now I am 39, and due to the recent campaign by the families of the dead for justice, the tragedy has been once more pushed into the forefront of my group of friends' conversations I decided to give this film a watch. I have seen Jimmy McGovern's work before and regard him as extremely talented and found his series "The Street" thoroughly absorbing, and I can honestly say "Hillsborough" was no exception. It being true just adds to the drama and I was glued to my seat throughout, at many times tearful, but most of all frustrated for the characters during the build up, disgust at the police chief Duckenfield, and what the poor parents must have felt at learning that they had lost one, or even both of their children simply while seeing a football match. One scene which struck me as being particularly poignant was the mother of Sarah and Victoria Hicks, played by Annabelle Apsion, upon looking out of the living room window and seeing two coffins brought out from two hearses, saying excitedly to her husband (Christopher Eccleston) "The girls are home! The girls are home!"
To think that I knew about this tragedy at the time it happened and yet I was not aware at all, of how horrifying, shocking, and ultimately sad it was, makes me feel quite ashamed. This is compulsory viewing - yes it is harrowing, but it will stay with you for the rest of your life, and it will certainly make you consider the positive things in your own life. Even more sad was the knowledge that it could so easily have been prevented, if the people in charge had done their jobs properly.