Film telling Kayleigh Hay­wood story to be pre­served in BFI ar­chive

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A FILM about mur­dered young­ster Kayleigh Hay­wood is to be pre­served in the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute ar­chive.

Kayleigh’s Love Story, a short film about the 15-year-old Measham school­girl, has been viewed by an es­ti­mated 36 mil­lion peo­ple on­line and won nu­mer­ous awards.

The film was made by Af­fixxius Films for Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice last year to high­light the dan­gers to chil­dren of on­line groom­ing. As well as its many on­line views, it has been shown at schools across the UK to hun­dreds of thou­sands of young­sters.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Roger Ban­nis­ter said he was de­lighted that the im­por­tance of the film and its mes­sage was be­ing recog­nised by the film in­dus­try.

He said: “We made the film to raise greater aware­ness of the dan­gers posed to chil­dren by preda­tors op­er­at­ing on­line and the most im­por­tant statis­tic is that it led di­rectly to 50 chil­dren in Leicester, Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land com­ing for­ward and mak­ing dis­clo­sures to us.

“Those dis­clo­sures en­abled us to safe­guard those chil­dren – some­thing that may not have hap­pened with­out this film.

“To win awards for our work is of course ex­tremely re­ward­ing – enor­mous care and ef­fort went into the mak­ing of the film and the de­ci­sion about how we should show it to chil­dren in small, su­per­vised screen­ings in school.

“To learn that the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute now in­tend to pre­serve the film in the na­tional ar­chive is hugely sat­is­fy­ing, and helps cre­ate a per­ma­nent legacy for an in­spi­ra­tional piece of work that was born from the bleak­est and most tragic of cir­cum­stances.

“I hope Kayleigh’s fam­ily can feel some con­so­la­tion that their daugh­ter’s legacy will help keep chil­dren through­out the world safe for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Kayleigh’s body was found in a field north of Ib­stock, North West Le­ices­ter­shire, on Novem­ber 18, 2015.

In the days be­fore her rape and mur­der, the Measham teenager was bom­barded with mes­sages on­line from Ib­stock per­vert Luke Har­low who told the school­girl she was “beau­ti­ful and spe­cial” as they ex­changed 2,643 mes­sages over 13 days.

Har­low sex­u­ally as­saulted Kayleigh at his flat and was later jailed for 12 years. His neigh­bour, Stephen Bead­man, was jailed for life for rap­ing and mur­der­ing Kayleigh in nearby wood­lands af­ter she tried to es­cape from Har­low’s flat.

Tim Cabrelli of Af­fixxius Films said: “We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see one of the most im­pact­ful pieces of work we’ve ever pro­duced be en­tered into the BFI ar­chive for pros­per­ity.

“It’s an ac­co­lade that is rarely achieved within our sec­tor and re­served more for the Hol­ly­wood block­busters, so it’s great to see it get­ting fur­ther recog­ni­tion and be­ing pre­served for fu­ture ref­er­ence and gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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