HILLS­BOR­OUGH

(2016)

Esquire (UK) - - Esquire Sport 2017 - Di­rected by Daniel Gor­don

This 30 for 30 film (first shown in Amer­ica in 2014) won the 2017 Bafta for Best Sin­gle TV Doc­u­men­tary. Very hard to watch at times , it goes into great de­tail about the dis­as­ter and the in­sti­tu­tional cover-up that fol­lowed. It be­came a fo­rum through which many as­so­ci­ated with the events, in­clud­ing Esquire con­tribut­ing editor Dan Davies, who was there, to speak pub­licly for the first time about what they ex­pe­ri­enced. These in­clude po­lice­men, many of whom, on a hu­man level, could be con­sid­ered vic­tims of their bosses’ malfea­sance. This could only be shown in the UK af­ter the ver­dict of the se­cond coro­ner’s in­quest in May 2016; di­rec­tor Gor­don used the same footage of the day shown to in­quest ju­rors. The 2016 UK ver­sion adds the un­law­ful killing ver­dict, to make the de­fin­i­tive chron­i­cle of Bri­tish sport’s dark­est hour.

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