I would just like to remind you of the happenings and aftermaths of one of the most horrific crimes of our recent history. Most, if seeing the name ‘Jamie Bulger’ will remember immediately the history of the murder of an innocent little boy, a boy whose life was snuffed out before he had a chance to do little else besides capture the hearts of his parents and his nearest relatives! Here was a child, and he truly could be called a child, who was snatched from where he waited for his mother, walked along by his ten-and eleven year-old abductors, who when questioned by a slightly-worried passer-by, was told that they were returning him to his mother! He was taken to a stretch of waste ground, and assaulted to such a degree that one hardened Policeman, who had actually viewed the pitiful small remains, was quoted as saying he had “never seen such ferocity” perpetrated on the body of a victim of crime!
The killers, and I call them killers because that is what they were; were tracked down, apprehended, charged, sentenced and committed to where and what? Not to prison, or a detention centre; but instead to a “secure youth facility”! There they were given only the best, protected by law against the truly desperate grieving relatives, who only wanted vengeance for the terrible deed done against that small body, and kept safe until the age of eighteen years. Then, after an intervention by the highest sectors of the British & European judicial system, both were freed, given new identities and allegedly a great deal of money from taxpayers funds, and total anonymity in their new identities under pain of contempt of court proceedings against anyone who publishes anything leading to their new lives!
This as reward for the blinding of Jamie by pouring paint into his eyes, for jumping on his tiny genitals, for pushing batteries up his little anus, and then pulling the batteries out again by the use of twisted wire; before laying his tortured, still breathing body on a railway line and hoping that the train wheels would destroy their vicious, perverted assault on a defenceless two year-old boy!
So there you have it, The great British justice system demonstrated in all its glory! On one side, you have two young killers, given anonymity, new identities and residences, given an education and a chance to live in glory with the proceeds of their crime; and on the other, a grief-stricken mother, divorced and alone, a father so bitter that he was arrested while attempting to discover where the two killers were kept: a cold marble headstone and a few websites.
And now, the true trauma is being revisited, over and over again, in a ‘documentary’ film, based on the transcripts of the police interviews of those two murderous killers, murderous despite their youth, murderous despite the tears, the sobs and the protestations of innocence. A film which had been Nominated for an ‘Effing Oscar by the esteemed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I wonder how those media professionals will vote? Will they concentrate on the film attributes, on the shots of these two ‘child actors’ purporting to be the sneering killers as they deny all knowledge of those terrible acts, perpetrated on that tiny defenceless body with all the fury of two maniacs? Will they comment upon the sound systems, and their ability to catch every whimper, every denial, every tearful ‘scouse-accented’ statement that ‘it wasn’t me’. Will they place their votes on the director’s ability to recreate the sterile interview rooms where these two murderous youngsters were made to face the reality and enormity of their crimes? Will the Oscar-panel take note of the director’s statements that he felt he had to ‘humanise’ the two 10-year-old boys, who were labelled ‘evil’. Will the director’s words “And I started to read everything I could find about it and I got the interview transcripts and I think I was expecting to find something much darker and colder but instead I found, and realised there was this human story beneath it all.” make any difference to the votes of those Motion Picture Panel experts who will choose which Documentary Film gains a kind of ‘immortality’?
Will the words of that ‘talented’ director influence that panel? Will they be more inclined to level a gaze at a film which purports to show “some people might say it is wrong to do that but I would say you know they have been so dehumanised by the media and they’ve only ever been seen as these evil monsters. “The film is a dramatisation but it’s entirely factual and there is no embellishment whatsoever..“I think in the film, for the first time ever we see them exactly as they were and they were two ten-year old boys who did something that was horrendous but they don’t really know why.”: and then judge that same film in the light as revealed by those words?
If the reader was a member of that Motion Picture panel: how would you vote! Would you vote to immortalise the memory of a tiny innocent smiling child, murdered by a pair of vicious killers; by giving the director a golden statue? Would you award an Oscar to help promote a documentary whose principal protagonists are now fully grown; one of whom is back behind bars for accessing pornographic child abuse images of the worst possible type off the Internet? Or would you declare that the purpose of this sinister film was simply to make money, and more money, and that no notice be taken of this film which seeks to cast a slur on the whole justice process, and also seeks to enhance the reputation of an ‘edgy’ director?