Publicado: Vie, Enero 25, 2019
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Murdered Toddler's Mom 'Disgusted' Over This Oscar Nod

Murdered Toddler's Mom 'Disgusted' Over This Oscar Nod

Denise Fergus, the mother whose murdered child served as the basis for the Irish short film Detainment, spoke out on Tuesday after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave an Oscar nomination to the work.

The short, from Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, is based on the 1993 case of James Bulger, Fergus' 2-year-old child from Kirkby, Merseyside in the United Kingdom who was abducted, tortured, and killed by two young boys.

Listening to Denise's response to the film, Holly said: "It just doesn't seem right, it really doesn't".

Fergus had previously spoken out about the film on ITV's Loose Women earlier this month, saying she won't watch it because "I don't want to keep going back there all the time".

"I don't think it deserves any Oscars and [Lambe is] just trying to big his career up and big himself up by [using] someone else's grief", she said.

The 37-year-old agreed "it doesn't seem right at all" that the horrific 1993 crime where the two-year-old from Liverpool was abducted and beaten to death by two young boys was adapted for the cinema without contacting James' family.

Using police transcripts, Detainment shows Thompson and Venables crying and asking for their parents as detectives quiz them over James's abduction from outside a shop in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1993.

An online petition for the film to be removed from the Oscars has received almost 100,00 signatures, with Ms Fergus also taking to social media to air her views.

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On Thursday, Lambe responded to Fergus' criticism, telling the BBC, "I won't withdraw it from the Oscars".

"Remove it from the public domain - withdraw yourself".

Lambe, who admitted he hadn't sought the family's permission to make the film, has regularly stressed that its intention is not to be sympathetic to the killers.

Mr Bugler added that it will be awful if the film is critically acclaimed due to the lack of consideration shown to the family when making the drama.

"I tried to put it behind me, I've got through all these years, to see that still [image] of him being led to his death by those two".

Lambe said in a statement given to This Morning: "The film was never meant to bring any further anguish to the family of James Bulger".

"I can not express how disgusted and upset I am that this so-called film has been made and now nominated for an Oscar", Fergus tweeted shortly after the nominations were announced Tuesday. "With hindsight, I am sorry I did not make Mrs. Fergus aware of the film".

"As we set out to make a fact-based film that was impartial, we did not attempt to contact any of the families involved and instead relied exclusively on the factual material", he said.

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