Disney defends a new show recreating the aftermath of London’s 7/7 bombings, a move survivors call “shameful.”
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‘Suspect Tracker The Shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes’, which began filming in October, tells the story of a man who was mistakenly killed after an attack.
Production photos shared online show the aftermath of the bombing, which killed 52 people.
Disney called the show a “true-to-life recreation of the events.”
In a statement to BBC News, the company added that all research was conducted with “extreme sensitivity and respect”.
De Menezes’ parents and other relatives acted as consultants for the production, and the producers spoke to a number of individuals and organizations involved in the events.
On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers exploded on subways and buses in central London, injuring more than 700 people.
However, the focus of the series is not on the 7/7 bombings, but on the subsequent deaths of De Menezes. The show will not recreate the explosion scenes, but will only show the aftermath of the Tavistock Square blast.
The actors in the bus scene filmed a few weeks ago do not represent any particular individual.
But Daniel Biddle, 43, who lost both legs, an eye and his spleen in the Edgware Road bombing, told The Sun that he had not been consulted by Disney producers about filming.
He described it as “shameful” and accused the entertainment giant of a “lack of respect” for survivors.
The 7/7 attacks: what happened that day? Disney marked the 17th anniversary of the victims of London’s 7/7 bombings with a photo shoot in Bermondsey, south London, showing a life-size replica of a red double-decker bus that exploded and was blown apart in Tavistock Square not far away. King’s Cross.
George Psaradakis, who drove Bus 30 on the day, told The Sun he thought it was in “poor taste” to recreate the scene.
“It would bring pain to everyone, especially those who have lost loved ones,” he said.
Suspect The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, produced by Jeff Pope, takes place shortly after the 2005 bombing and focuses on the killing of Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes by police officers who mistook him for a suspect.
A spokeswoman for Disney+ said the show is “based on the real-life shooting of an innocent Brazilian man by police shortly after the July 21 bombing attempt.”
“The team producing the show has extensive expertise in this type of programming and has conducted extensive and in-depth research with the utmost sensitivity and respect, and all involved are aware of the enormous responsibility that comes with telling this story.”
The spokesman said the scene was filmed a few weeks ago and a range of factors were “carefully considered” in the search for a location.
“Throughout the filming process, the crew worked closely with Transport for London, the police, councils, communities and businesses to ensure that everyone knew in advance that filming was taking place, and that there were enforcement officers and signage patrolling the area on the day.”
In a statement, Disney said, “We are aware of the concerns that have been raised about the filming of The Devotion of Suspect X: The Shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes. We know this is a sensitive topic for many people and we want to assure everyone that we took great care in making this episode.
“We are committed to telling this story in a way that is respectful to the victims and their families and we are working closely with them to ensure their voices are heard.
“We believe this series is an important opportunity to tell the story of Jean-Charles de Menezes and the events that led to his death. We hope it will help raise awareness of the impact of terrorism on individuals and communities and promote understanding and compassion.”
‘Suspect Tracker The Shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes’, which began filming in October, tells the story of a man who was mistakenly killed after an attack. Production photos shared online show the aftermath of the bombing, which killed 52 people. Disney called the show a “true-to-life recreation of the events.” In a statement to BBC…