James Bulger's mother calls for boycott of Oscar-shortlisted drama on killers

Bulger’s parents argue Detainment, a short film about the 1993 case, is sympathetic to the toddler’s murderers and shouldn’t have been made

The parents of James Bulger, the two-year-old boy murdered in Liverpool in 1993, have criticised the makers of a short film about the case, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.

Detainment, written and directed by Irish film-maker Vincent Lambe, is based on transcripts of the police interrogation of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who were 10 years old at the time and were subsequently convicted of the murder. It won best short film and special jury award at the Cannes Lions festival in June 2018 (a separate event from the high profile film festival), and went on to win the grand prix at the Odense film festival in Denmark, which qualified it to be considered for an Academy Award.

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Source: theguardian
James Bulger's mother calls for boycott of Oscar-shortlisted drama on killers