CSFF 2017: Hillsborough

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The worst sports disaster in the history of England occurred on April 15th, 1989 in Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield during a semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. During the match, overcrowding in a pen lead to an alarming number of deaths. David Gordon’s documentary Hillsborough recounts the story of this disaster, its causes, and the decades-long denial of justice to the men and women who literally had the life crushed out of them due to gross negligence, mismanaging of crowds, and an improper emergency response.

Hillsborough combines interviews with those close to the disaster and re-enactments with actual video footage (both closed-circuit security tapes and television feeds from the time). Whatever technique Gordon uses to tell this story, the result is incredibly effective. He’s able to instill a growing sense of dread in the viewer as each tumbler responsible for the tragedy falls into place. As the…

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