Listen to our interview with the director of ESPN’s ‘Hillsborough’ documentary, Daniel Gordon. The film will premiere on US television on Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm ET on ESPN.
During the interview with Gordon, he discusses why he made the film, what makes this film different than other ones that have aired before, and how the myth of the Hillsborough Disaster has lasted for 25 years.
The interview is conducted by Kartik Krishnaiyer.
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‘Hillsborough’ is the first documentary in ESPN’s 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series.
Beginning on the fateful day in 1989, Hillsborough explores what happened and why. It offers a detailed examination not only of the horrific loss of life, but also of key developments in the preceding years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading to the disaster. Featuring first-hand accounts of fans in attendance as well as police officers—many speaking on camera for the first time—the film also explores the tragedy through the experiences of families who lost their loved ones and undertook a painstaking journey in a quest for justice that is still ongoing.
“Hillsborough is the most important soccer story of my generation,” said director Daniel Gordon. “What began as a day of expectancy turned into a quite unimaginable tragedy, the horror and pain of which have not diminished with time, as families and survivors have sought – and been denied – justice. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the disaster, I felt that now was the right time to look at the whole story, from the day, through the immediate aftermath and the now quarter century of the fight for justice. As a soccer fan who followed his team home and away in the era, I know that could easily have been me on that day and I hope I’ve done the story justice.”