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Film festival to screen Hillsborough documentary

Professor Phil Scraton will be heading to Shetland for this year's Screenplay.

A SPECIAL screening of a new documentary about the fight for justice after the Hillsborough disaster will take place at this year’s Screenplay festival alongside a Q&A session with an expert on the tragedy.

Professor Phil Scraton, who was a factual consultant for Dan Gordon’s BAFTA winning documentary Hillsborough, will answer questions following screening of the film at Mareel on 3 September.

Ninety six people were killed in a crush at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in April 1989 at an FA Cup game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, but the incident was initially blamed on the fans.

After nearly three decades of campaigning, a new inquest ruled earlier last year that it should be deemed an unlawful killing.

The film explores how families and campaigners battled for justice.

Scraton led research for the Hillsborough Independent Panel, was the primary author of its groundbreaking 2012 report and is the author of Hillsborough: The Truth.

Screenplay festival director Kathy Hubbard said: “We’d like to thank Amnesty International Shetland for its support of this screening of Dan Gordon’s affecting and phenomenal film.”

Tickets for the screening and Q&A can be bought via the Shetland Arts box office.