We caught up with Mike Forshaw, a film maker from Liverpool, and asked him some questions about his brand new project.
The film documents a different view point of the Hillsborough stadium disaster, one rarely seen from this chilling event.
1) So Mike, tell me about yourself, your background and most importantly why this tragic event means so much to you?
I was born and raised in Liverpool. I moved to Newcastle to complete a film making degree before studying Fiction Direction at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). My background is making short films, and my latest project is a 15-minute short about the Hillsborough stadium disaster. This film is called SATURDAY and was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Nisi Masa European Script Pitch 2013 were it was awarded one of the top 3 prizes.
The film is a symbolic dramatisation of how the Hillsborough stadium disaster unfolded for one family back home in Liverpool – as seen through the eyes of ‘Liam’, my 8yr old protagonist, whose older brother is at the match.
Hillsborough was a defining moment of my generation – everyone remembers where they were that day, and SATURDAY is loosely based on my own memory. Although I was too young to understand Hillsborough at the time, I think we’ve all grown up to understand the full magnitude of the event. As a lifelong Red you just can’t ignore the fact that Hillsborough is a massive part of our immediate history.
It still angers me that, until the HIP report last September, the general public largely believed the shameful lies concocted by the Police to blame the fans for the disaster.
The intervening hours between the disaster and that phone call home is often overlooked. Yet those hours impacted on thousands of people. I hope my film can explore this whilst drawing a new audience to the facts of the disaster.
2) So how does this film differ from previous films/documentaries?
The film differs because it is completely set in Liverpool.
Although the loss of life has been well documented, people often overlook the 24,000 families watching the horror unfold on TV back home. Obviously this was also the time before mobile phones, so no one had any way to immediately contact their loved ones.
By setting this film away from the scene of the disaster and focusing on the immediate impact on families back home in Liverpool, I hope to approach this emotive issue from a fresh perspective.
3) Who have you got involved?
The film is being produced by Jessica Levick, another graduate from the NFTS, whose debut feature was the critically acclaimed documentary PERSONAL BEST. The film was financed by The British Film Institute and Adidas, and released in cinemas around the UK to critical acclaim; it was long-listed for Best Documentary by the Evening Standard, and featured in The Times’ Top 50 films of 2012 .
As the film is set in Liverpool we hope to discover a fresh new talent for the lead role of ‘Liam’, and we are holding talks with some of the UK’s leading actors to play his parents – so watch this space…
4) What is it you need from people to make this a reality? How can they get involved?
After the government slashed public funding, it is increasingly hard to get ambitious independent productions off the ground. However with the backing of LFC fans, we hope to find financial support through a community of passionate supporters who understand the importance of this story and want to help to bring it to a wider audience.
You can find all the information about the project here:
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects; a crowd-sourcing website that allows the general public to fund exciting ideas that would otherwise be overlooked – kind of like Dragon’s Den, except you are Duncan Bannatyne!
We are asking people to donate small sums to our project in return for film related rewards, for example their name on the credits, or tickets to the premiere. If we get enough LFC fans to chip in, we will reach our goal and make our film. And the real benefit of Kickstarter is that by generating an audience at the funding stage, we will have a dedicated following of fans when the film is released.
All we are asking is for fans to CHECK OUT our link, SHARE it with your friends and family, and PLEDGE a few quid to make the film happen.
5) If you get the response you want, when will the film be released and where will it be available to view?
If we raise the budget, shooting for the film will begin in October and we hope to have the film ready for international film festivals in time for the 25th anniversary next April.
However the cool thing about Kickstarter is that as a reward for helping us fund the project, YOU can decide exactly how you want to watch it:
For £5 you can be THE FIRST to watch the film online once it’s completed; or pledging £25 will see you invited to a screening event in Liverpool!
It’s completely up to you!
If you have any queries about the project please feel free to contact us at