PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (pt 3/4)

Black Roses tells the shocking story of how in August 2007, a quiet, 20-year-old vegetarian and pacifist was kicked to death by a gang of teenage thugs in a park in Bacup, Lancashire.

Sophie Lancaster’s offence? Her appearance. Both she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, who was attacked but survived, were goths.

This video combines the words of Sophie’s traumatised, grieving mother, Sylvia Lancaster (played by Julia Hesmondhalgh), with those of the poet Simon Armitage, to give voice to Sophie (played by Rachel Austin before, during and after the savage attack.

This is the third of four clips and recalls how Sophie and Rob were attacked in a Lancashire park.

Contains some scenes which some viewers may find disturbing. Teacher review is recommended prior to use in class

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to explore themes of personal identity, self-esteem and self-confidence.

It could be used highlight the negative effects of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and the rights and responsibilities we have, both as individuals and communities.

This clip forms part of a whole programme and should be watched in order.

There are no graphic images of violence in the film, but some viewers will find the subject matter and content disturbing.

It is based a real life story, told with the full cooperation of Sophie Lancaster's mother and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for GCSE PSHE/Citizenship and touches upon topics that appear in AQA, OCR A, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 5 in Scotland.

More from Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster:

The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (pt 1/4)
The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (pt 2/4)
The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (pt 4/4)