Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

sophielancasterLast week, I attended the premiere of the film Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster at the Dance House in Manchester.

The film was made to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which was formed by Sylvia Lancaster following her daughter’s murder in 2007. Sophie Lancaster was attacked alongside her boyfriend Rob, for being goths. Sylvia Lancaster has since been fighting to get attacks against people of alternative subcultures listed as a hate crime. She has since been successful with this in some districts in the UK (including Greater Manchester). She also works with schools and prisons to educate people on this issue.

As you may remember, in 2013 I worked as a crew assistant on a film inspired by Sophie Lancaster called And She Cried. Which was based off the tragedy but was very different.

The film Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster was adapted from a play/ radio play of the same name which weaved together poetry by Simon Armitage, with an incredibly raw and emotional interview with Sylvia Lancaster. I remember listening to the play on the BBC radio 4 back in 2011 and crying all throughout.  The film was very similar, produced by Susan Roberts (who also produced the play) and visually it was stunning. Similarly to the radio play, it was very emotional. The beautiful poetry worked brilliantly with the visuals added.  I thought the performances from the two actresses were also really good, particularly Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Sylvia in the film was very moving. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation will be using it as an educational tool to prevent such a crime happening again.

You can currently find the film on BBC iplayer here.

“And She Cried” Premiere.

Last Thursday I travelled from Plymouth to Manchester to attend the premiere of “And She Cried”. A short film that I was an assistant on (and have mentioned before on this blog). Most of the Cast and Crew along with Press, Sponsors and representatives from the Sophie Lancaster foundation came to see the film in it’s first public screening.

The evening consisted of the film in full as well as promotion for our next project “Two Souls” which is currently in the process of fund raising. <————- Link to the funding page here

All in all working on “And She Cried” with Leaky Shed Productions has been brilliant.I’m so happy to have been a part of the film which handled the sensitive topic inspired by the murder of Sophie Lancaster fantastically. The film was incredibly moving and I  loved it (this was the first time I had seen it edited).

I’m also very excited to say that I will be involved with the next project!

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Crew of “And She Cried”

Behind the Scenes on “And She Cried”.


This has been a really great project and taught me a lot about film making. Here is some of the behind the scenes of the first couple of days of shooting “And She Cried”. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished film in May!

“And She Cried” Update.

1925105_814077321940261_402789409_nThis is the new promotional image for the short film project “And She Cried” in which I was Second Assistant Director.

Since the second week of January, “And She Cried” has been in post production but we now have the semi-confirmed premiere date in May. This news is incredibly exciting and I’m really happy to have been a part of this project. I’m looking forward very much to seeing the film when it is completed.

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I have also talked about the project in another blog post which is here:

“And She Cried” Film Project.

and she criedpromoOver the last few months I’ve been working as the Second Assistant Director on the short film “And She Cried” Directed by John Farrington. 

Produced by Leaky Shed Films, “And She Cried” is inspired by the life of Sophie Lancaster who was murdered in 2007 simply for being a Goth. It is also going to be developed as an educational tool to support Sylvia Lancaster with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her personal and inspirational efforts to fight hate crime.

It will be released to the public later this year.

A very early cut of the introduction:

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