The lyrical memoirs of Britain’s most reviled woman.
A Short Film by Dan Smyth
Adapted from the successful stage play ‘Suffer Little Children’.
Starring Caroline Burns Cooke
Music by Aleah Morrison
Sound by Matthew Wilcock
Adapted for the screen by Dan Smyth and Caroline Burns Cooke from Caroline’s award winning stage piece, Suffer Little Children. A monologue about child-killer, Myra Hindley, inspired by an article written by Myra in the Guardian in 1995.
Directed by Dan Smyth, writer-director of The Mess Hall of an Online Warrior (SXSW 2010, Coup De Coeur award Cannes SFC 2010). This is Dan’s second successful zero budget short film, made with only two other crew members. Myra is BAFTA long listed and premiered at Raindance Film Festival.
Myra Hindley, one half of The Moors’ Murderers, was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing three children. At the time of the arrest, the children’s bodies were recovered from Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester, U.K. Two other children remained missing. In 1987, Hindley finally confessed her involvement in all five murders. She was escorted to the Moors where she helped recover another child’s body.
In 1995, almost thirty years after her conviction, Britain’s most reviled woman spoke to the public from prison, publishing her memoirs in the Guardian Newspaper. In this article, which inspired the film, Myra responds to the accusation of being a‘psychopath’- a claim she refutes.