One of a series of four documentaries to include in The Open University’s module on Criminology.
To make a film that would stimulate students new to the subject to encourage them to think about what constitutes a crime, what amounts to harm, and who can be a criminal. This film looks at crimes committed by the state, focusing on the Grenfell Tower fire and questions issues of social harm and state responsibility.
The subject matter was highly emotive, given the tragedy had only taken place six months previously. People were not keen to talk about their experiences. Finding relevant archive proved a challenge and then deciding what footage could and should be shown.
Perseverance and sensitivity made sure that our client obtained a film handling an extremely uncomfortable and raw subject matter. With thorough research we made sure that suitable contributors were found who were at a point where they were ready to tell their stories. Sensitive use of footage ensured a level tone of discussion around highly emotive issues.
The final film was nominated for a prestigious “Learning on Screen” award and included in St Albans Films Festival’s official selection for short documentary.