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Why Did You Kill my Dad?


BBC2 – Monday 1st March 2010

Early one Sunday morning in 2007, 75 year old Philip Hendy was fatally stabbed by a psychotic man with a long history of mental health problems.

Normally such cases just get a few lines in the local press. But Philip Hendy’s son, Julian, is an award winning filmmaker who has been making acclaimed documentaries for more than 20 years.

This highly personal film documents Julian’s journey to find out what happened to his Dad and his attempt to uncover the true scale and cost of killings by the mentally ill in Britain today.

By talking to other similarly affected families it puts a human face to the statistics and reveals serious problems and repeated failures at the heart of Britain’s mental health system.

Echo Films production for BBC2

“An exceptionally powerful piece of television”
Brian Viner, Independent, 2 March 2010

“A fine piece of campaigning television that will leave you profoundly sad and boiling with fury.”
Alison Graham, Radio Times 27 Feb 2010

“This powerful and dignified film”
David Chater, Times, 27 February 2010

“Intensely moving and shocking documentary”
Karen Shelton, Daily Mail 27 Feb 2010

“Gut wrenching documentary – emotionally eloquent”
Gerard O'Donovan, Daily Telegraph, 05 Mar 2010

“Extraordinary documentary, a truly powerful true-life drama.”
Daily Record [Scotland] 27 Feb 2010

“Unbearably poignant documentary”
Jane Shilling, Evening Standard, 1 March 2010

“A polemical film [that] raises disturbing questions that aren't easily answered”
Andrea Mullaney, Scotsman, 27 Feb 2010

“Quietly damning documentary”
Jane Simon, Daily Mirror, 1 March 2010

“Moving as much to anger as tears”
Andrew Billen, Times, 2 March 2010

“This brave film reveals the reality of under-treated mental illnesses”
Marjorie Wallace, SANE, Independent, 1 March 2010

Royal Television Society – Yorkshire – Factual Programme of the year 2010

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Tuesday 2nd March 2010

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