Murdered for Being Different

Powerful dramatisation of a real-life attack will stay with you long after the credits have rolled

Award-winning team behind Don’t Take My Baby and Murdered by My Father return with a new film about a brutal hate crime that shocked the country in 2007.

“Nick Leather’s non-linear script cleverly trips up your expectations as you await the inevitable...like its stablemates, Murdered For Being Different is not to be missed.”

The Arts Desk

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“We want there to be a rallying cry. You don’t have to be part of the mob. You can stand up and make your voice heard and make a difference.”

Aysha Rafaele, Executive Producer

The detail

The BAFTA and RTS award-winning team behind BBC Studios’ Don’t Take My Baby and Murdered by My Father return with a new film about a brutal hate crime that shocked the country in 2007.

In a small town in Lancashire, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster (Abigail Lawrie) was kicked to death in a park by a gang of kids she didn’t know. Her boyfriend Robert Maltby (Nico Mirallegro) was severely beaten into a coma. The two of them were randomly attacked because they were dressed as goths.

Made in close collaboration with Rob, his family, Sophie’s family and the police investigating team, this factual drama is the true story of a young relationship and of the violence and chaos that destroyed their lives, for simply being different.

In the aftermath of the attack, Murdered for Being Different also follows the story of one teenage witness, Michael Gorman, who struggles with the need to speak out against the attackers and stand up for what is right.

Made on the 10th anniversary of Sophie's death, this film is both a love story and a forensic examination of the causes and consequences of a brutal attack. It was the centrepiece programme in a BBC Three season exploring identity and received widespread praise in the press and amongst audiences. Murdered for Being Different is written by Nick Leather (Broken, Rocket’s Island) directed by Paul Andrew Williams (Broadchurch, Murdered by My Boyfriend) and produced by Scott Bassett, with Executive Producer Aysha Rafaele for BBC Studios’ The Documentary Unit.