Combining observational filming with personal and police archive, this film provides a raw and uninhibited window into a teenage romance that descended into terrible violence.
Alongside Alex’s shocking and thought-provoking testimony, his family and friends also share their stories of seeing him slowly slip away, powerless to stop it, and unaware of how bad it would get.
Bedfordshire Police described Alex’s case as one of the most extreme cases of domestic violence they had ever dealt with. In hospital, doctors examined Alex’s body and told him that he was just 10 days away from death.
In April 2018, Jordan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. She became the first female in the UK to be convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour.
By sharing his story, Alex hopes to challenge assumptions about violence and masculinity in relationships, and to empower victims of domestic violence to come forward.
A Century Films Production for BBC Three
1x 60 minutesComposerJessica JonesCamera Rik BurnellSoundAdam FletcherAdditional CameraBen YatesProduction AssistantElla CoveneyProduction ManagerSue CollinsHead of ProductionJane NicholsonEditorReva ChildsExecutive ProducerKatie BailiffProduced & Directed ByNiamh Kennedy
"Niamh Kennedy's powerful film chronicles the UK's first conviction for coercive control involving a female offender."The Observer
"Niamh Kennedy's riveting film tells of how the Bedford football coach Alex Skeel endured five years of psychological and physical abuse from his partner Jordan Worth."The Guardian