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James Bulgers dad shares fury over devastating film about sons killers

The father of murdered toddler James Bulger has slammed a new film about his sons killing that was made with..

By admin , in England , at January 7, 2019

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The father of murdered toddler James Bulger has slammed a new film about his sons killing that was made without contacting the family.

Ralph Bulger said he has never been so offended as he accused it of being overly sympathetic to Jamess killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.

Vincent Lambes short film is said to be an attempt to humanise the 10-year-old killers who murdered James, two, after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

Ralph Bulger the father of James Bulger arrives at Liverpool Crown Court, Liverpool.

Ralph Bulger, the father of James Bulger, said the film was devastating (Picture: PA)

James Bulger the 2 year old boy who went missing in the Bootle area of Liverpool. 2/2/01 Proceedings which could decide the release of the killers of toddler James were getting under way in private. * Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both 18, were presenting their arguments before a parole board hearing, held at a secret location believed to be somewhere in London, for the first time. The killers were not at the preliminary hearing but were being informed of its outcome at the separate secure accommodation centres in northern England where they have been since their convictions for James' murder in 1993. The three-strong parole board panel was today listening to legal arguments, examining reports and dossiers and discussing which witnesses are required for the full hearing. * 3/12/93 3 youths being questioned. 4/5/93 Two 10yr olds pleaded not guilty to the abduction and murder of James. 31/10/93 Boys go on trial 24/11/93 Court verdict 25/5/94 12/6/97 Home Secretary Michael Howard to increase the sentence to 15 years Undated library filer of murdered toddler James Bulger, from Liverpool. 30/07/1996 - James Bulgers killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were sentenced to indefinite life sentences. 12/06/97: The House of Lords is due to rule on whether former Home Secretary Michael Howard was right to increase the sentences of the two boys convicted of James' murder from eight to fifteen years. 06/03/98: Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the two boys convicted of murdering James, are taking their case to the European Commission of Human Rights, claiming they were not given a fair trial. 16/12/1999 - Thw European Court of Human Rights rules that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were given an unfair trial. Judges ruled that the environment of an adult court and the intense publicity surrounding the trial prejudiced the hearing and breached human rights 12/3/00 British shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe reacted with 'great disappointment' to news that killers of toddler James Bulger could be freed in three years. She said the Bulger family would be 'devastated' by moves to release Robert Thompson and Jon Venables so soon after the 1993 murder of the two-year-old on a Liverpool railway line. The Home Office has refused to comment on reports that Home Secretary Jack Straw will this week announce he will stand by the minimum 10-year sentences set by the Lord Chief Justice. 8/1/2001: Family Division President Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss ruled that the boys identities and whereabouts must be kept confidential for the rest of their lives. 20/6/01: The Parole Board was beginning its deliberations on the second schoolboy killer of toddler James Bulger. Robert Thompson, now 18, was due to attend the meeting at a secret location after the panel completed its examination of his partner in the February 1993 murder, Jon Venables. Both could be freed within days if the panel decides they are no longer a risk to the public. 20/06/01 The Parole Board was, beginning its deliberations on the second schoolboy killer of toddler James Bulger. Robert Thompson, now 18, was due to attend the meeting at a secret location after the panel completed its examination of his partner in the February 1993 murder, Jon Venables. Both could be freed within days if the panel decides they are no longer a risk to the public. The pair were just 10 when they abducted two-year-old James from the Strand shopping precinct in Bootle, Merseyside, before torturing him and battering him to death on a railway line. *07/08/2001....Undated handout family collect photo of murdered boy James Bulger. A controversial comedy centered on a teenager who abducts and kills a child was, taking to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Age of Consent has faced a barrage of criticism by some people who say the story is too similar to that of James Bulger. The play by award-winning writer Peter Morris tells the story of a toddler's murder through the eyes of teenage killer Timmy. 12/2/03: Thousands of Merseysiders were expected to observe a one-minute silence, to mark the tenth anniversary of the murder of toddler James Bulger. The Liverpool Town Hall flag was being flown at half-mast in memory of the two-year-old Kirkby boy whose battered body was found on an isolated railway line.

James Bulger was killed aged two in Bootle, Merseyside (Picture: PA)

Detainment is based on interview transcripts and records from the case. It has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

Mr Bulger said it would be horrific if the film won an award and said he has been left devastated by the latest portrayal of his sons murder.

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He told the Mirror: Not once has the maker of this film contacted me or any of Jamess family about this film.



It has been 26 years since my son was taken and murdered and so I have seen many documentaries and news stories about him.

But I have never been so cut up and offended by something that shows so little compassion to James and his family.

I accept this is a murder of such magnitude it will always be written about and featured in the news but to make a film so­ sympathetic to Jamess killers is devastating.

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James Bulger interview 391286 01: FILE PHOTO: Robert Thompson, 10 years of age, poses for a mugshot for British authorities February 20, 1993 in the United Kingdom. Both Thompson and Jon Venables were 10 years-old when they tortured and killed 2 year-old James Bulger in Bootle, England. The government announced the release of the young men, now the age of 18, despite a public outcry to keep them in jail, June 22, 2001. The boys will be given new identities which a judge has barred the British media from disclosing. (Photo Courtesy of BWP Media via Getty Images)

Robert Thompson after his arrest aged 10 (Picture: Getty)

Undated police handout photo of Jon Venables, as a petition demanding answers about how James BulgerÕs killer was free to commit new offences could be debated in parliament after winning 100,000 signatures.

Jon Venables aged 10 after his arrest (Picture: PA)

He added: He may consider it to be in the public domain but he is making films and a career from the murder of my son.

The very least he could have done was to contact us and let us know what he was planning.

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It will be horrific if this film wins an Oscar or any awards, given the disregard shown to Jamess family.

Former police chief Albert Kirby, who led the investigation into the murder, agreed.

He said: I think it lacks any form of taste or decency and has been made without any consideration of the effect on Denise [Fergus, Jamess mum], the family and also any number of other people who were involved in the sensitive issues of the ­investigation.

Director Vincent Lambe admitted last week he did not contact Ralph or Denise, 51, before releasing the film.

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX (10045572ac) Vincent Lambe 'Good Morning Britain' TV show, London, UK - 03 Jan 2019 THE BOYS WHO KILLED JAMIE BULGER Detainment is a short film based on the transcripts of police interviews with Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who were just ten when they abducted, tortured and murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool, making them Britain?s youngest murderers in over 250 years. The Director Vincent Lamb admits he hasn?t been in touch with James Bulger?s mum Denise Fergus about his movie. Nor did he ask her permission to make the 30-minute film. He says his intention was to open up a new debate on what made two ten year old boys murder a child. "This film is not sympathetic to the boys and is not trying to make an excuse for them in any way but it humanises them. People may be more comfortable thinking of them as evil monsters but, after reading the transcripts, it was a tragedy for three families and that's not a popular opinion."

Director Vincent Lambe defended the film on Good Morning Britain and admitted he had not contacted the family before its release (Picture: Rex Features)

James Bulger interview Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (9427567j) Denise Fergus 'This Morning' TV show, London, UK - 20 Feb 2018 DENISE FERGUS: 'WHY I'M DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR MY JAMES' 25 years since his death, and now fully aware of the full extent of the sexual injuries her son endured, James Bulger???s mum is demanding the government reconsider opening a public inquiry into exactly what officials knew when they released murderers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 2001. Joining Holly and Phillip in her first television interview since Venables was convicted and sent back to jail for possessing indecent images of children, Denise reveals why she won???t stop fighting for justice for her son.

James mother Denise Fergus was also said to be upset and angry by the film (Picture: Rex)

James mother is said to be extremely upset and angry by the film.



Mr Lambe told Good Morning Britain: I think they wouldnt want a film like this to be made.

He said his 30-minute film was entirely factual with no embellishments.

He added: A lot of people might say they feel its wrong to humanise them, but if people cant accept the fact they were human beings, they would never be able to begin to understand what could have driven them to prevent such a crime.

Detainment was released last year and shown at a number of European film festivals.







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