A film which centers on the James Bulger case has been shortlisted for an Oscar – with many people, including Denise Fergus, outraged.
‘Detainment’ has been shortlisted in the Short Film category for the awards which take place on February 24.
The film is based on interview transcripts and records from the case, which shocked the world in 1993.
But James’ mum Denise Fergus was not approached for her consent for the film – and appeared on Loose Women earlier this month to say she was “boycotting” it.
The film is said to sympathise with James’ killers John Venables and Robert Thompson, with director Vincent Lambe saying they weren’t “born evil.”
He said: “The reason I made this film, people think they were evil and they were born evil and I don’t think it was as simple as that.
“If people don’t see them as human, they won’t begin to understand.”
Speaking on Loose Women Denise said: “I think he (the director) is just trying to big his career up and to do that underneath someone’s grief is unbearable.
“I hoped that it would die down, I don’t think he had the right to do it anyway I think James’ family should have been consulted on the film.”
Following the news that the film had made the shortlist – people instantly began to tweet their anger and Denise released the following statement.
She said: “I cannot express how disgusted and upset I am at this so called film that has been made and now nominated for an Oscar.
“It’s one thing making a film like this without contacting or getting permission from James family, but another to have a child re-enact the final hours of James’ life before he was brutally murdered and making myself and my family have to relive this all over again.
“After everything I’ve said about this so called film and asking for it to be removed, it’s still been nominated for an Oscar even though over 90,000 people have signed a petition which has now been ignored, just like my feelings by the Academy.
“I’m so angry and upset at this present time.
“I personally want to thank everyone that has signed the petition up to now and hopefully will continue supporting me in this.
“I just hope the film doesn’t win its category in the Oscars.”
On social media people were also angry.
One, tweeting directly to the Academy, said: “Totally and utterly disgusted that you didn’t remove Detainment.”
Another said: “Shame on @TheAcademy for even considering, then actually nominating, Detainment.”
A third said: “I can’t believe Detainment got nominated.”
And a fourth said: “Am I the only one that finds it disgusting that detainment has been shortlisted for an Oscar even tho James’s mum wasn’t asked if it was ok to make the short film and asked the Oscars to not allow it to be shortlisted.”