source: British Film Institute
published: September 2020
15 years after Ken Fero’s ground-breaking film Injustice, which examined deaths in police custody, comes a compelling follow-up that feels as timely as ever.
Since 1969, there have been over 2000 deaths in police custody in the United Kingdom. It is a frightening statistic that Ken Fero approaches with seasoned conviction.
Ultraviolence employs unflinching archival footage to document the tragic and undignified deaths that took place between 1995 and 2005. Victims include Fero’s classmate Brian Douglas and Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot and killed whilst travelling on the London underground.
With intimate access to a variety of sources, Fero encounters families devastated by these killings and subsequently thwarted in their struggle for justice. Ultraviolence shows a corrupt system failing UK citizens. An essential starting point in understanding the urgency felt amongst many UK social movements today, Fero’s film is all too prescient.
Ken Fero : Filmmaker:
Filmmaker Ken Fero, is the director of numerous documentaries including the multi-award-winning Injustice. The film chronicles the fight for justice of seven families whose members died in police custody. None of the police officers involved in these killings have been prosecuted or disciplined.