A 12-year-old girl is beaten and stamped on by a crowd of teenagers on a crowded bus. A man is punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the head on a London street. Gun-wielding robbers threaten a cashier in an off-licence.
This film examines the events leading up to these unprovoked attacks as bystanders describe what happened. The first-hand testimony of the witnesses is intercut with dramatic reconstruction. The stories unfold to reveal the split-second choices the bystanders had to make- whether to intervene or not. Whilst some are seemingly paralysed by fear, others step in and some escaped unscathed , and pay a heavy price for their courage.
Whether they choose the path of a ‘have a go hero’ or passive bystander, their decisions will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
A Century Films production for Channel 4
1 x 50 minutesComposerMatthew CracknellFilm EditorBrand ThumimProducerJeanette BellExecutive ProducerKatie BailiffProduced and Directed byAshley Gething
"Ashley Gething's film is a masterpiece"The Times
"Exceptional film"The Guardian
"A breathtaking insight into the cliched concept of have-a-go-heroes,"The Daily Mirror