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Controversial James Bulger film nominated for Oscar


A controversial film about the boys who killed two-year-old James Bulger in Bootle in 1993 has been nominated for an Oscar.

Detainment recreates police interviews with 10-year-old killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables using original transcripts and has been shortlisted for the Academy’s best live action short film.

The film was made by Irish director Vincent Lambe. Bulger’s mother, Denise Fergus, tweeted to say “how disgusted and upset I am that this so-called film has been made and now nominated for an Oscar”.

More than 90,000 people had signed a petition before the nominations were announced on Tuesday asking the Oscars to disqualify the 30-minute film.After the Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, tweeted his congratulations to the Irish nominees, including the team behind Detainment.

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Last month, Fergus said: “I strongly do want it pulling, I don’t think it deserves any Oscars and he’s just trying to big his career up and big himself up by [using] someone else’s grief.

“I’m asking people to boycott it because I just don’t think it should have been made in the first place, especially without James’s parents being consulted.”

Lambe subsequently released a statement: “I have enormous sympathy for the Bulger family and I am extremely sorry for any upset the film may have caused them. With hindsight, I am sorry I didn’t make Mrs Fergus aware of the film.”

He added: “The film was not made for financial gain and nobody involved in the making of the film intends to profit from it.”

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