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NEWS: MY MURDER DRAMA PORTRAYS HONEY TRAP KILLING OF SHAKILUS TOWNSENDFind out about the drama 'My Murder' based on Shakilus Townsend's honey trap murder broadcast on BBC3 as part of the criminal Britain Season.
My Murder is the gripping factual drama broadcast on BBC 3 that re-enacted the tragic death of 16-year old Shakilus Townsend. The emotive one hour drama tells the true story of how Shakilus was led to his death by Samantha Joseph he thought of as his girlfriend.
The set up initiated by Samantha and her boyfriend Danny McLean resulted in the brutal beating and stabbing of Shakilus by Danny's South London gang mates. The conspired betrayal claimed the young man's life and became known as the 'honey trap killing'.
My Murder will remain a strong talking point not only due to it's theme's of crime in Britain but because of the film's ability to present the undeniable charisma of victim and protagonist Shakilus.
Despite not being an angel himself Shakilus' bubbly character shone through in the film as he sat on the see saw seat with his sister in the park, watched a childhood video with a friend, engaged in cheeky banter at his college interview or even moments before his death when he discreetly told his mum he loved her not wanting to lose his 'cool' in front of Samantha. Its these gestures of personality that actor John Boyega displayed so well as Shakilus making him a real and likeable person.
The lad's character was not like the stereotypical portrayal of teenagers we see in other urban drama's. Yes, he had a background and flaws but My Murder introduced the kid behind the hoody. Through his story we learn that there is a person that can be as naive to love just as anyone else, strives to correct their mistakes and yes isn't perfect. It thes characteristics which made Shakilus relatable in some way and one could even imagine him as a younger sibling or cousin who needed some straightening out. A turning point of his life was his application and enthusiasm to start college reflecting his potential to a positive future. This further frustrates the audience that is left wondering what he could of made of his life had he not been killed.
A defining moment of the film is Shakilus' voice over narrative which states it took 10 hours to die as he is beaten and stabbed to death. The film ends with documentary contribution from his mother sharing her pain of burying a son who she will never have another birthday or witness wed. Key moments every parent should experience in their child's life. The piece concludes with the real images of Shakilus's killers and their life sentences, who have robbed their own lives just as much as Shaks.
My Murder can be viewed on BBC iPlayer here
My Murder is part of the Criminal Britain Season on BBC 3 this week which continues:
Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs Tuesday 27th March 9PM
I Never Said Yes Wednesday 28th March 9PM
Our Crime Monday 2nd April 9PM
Prison, My Family and Me Tuesday 3rd April 9PM
Mugged Wednesday 4th of April 9PM
Free Speech: Crime Special Wednesday 4th of April 10PM
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