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SOPHIE: A Dark Angel

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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 26 November 2009, 15:21    Permalink    Comments (13)

Leeds-based agency Propaganda has produced a haunting animated short in tribute to Sophie Lancaster, the young Goth who was kicked and beaten to death by a mob in August 2007 in Bacup, Lancashire...

The two minute animated film (still shown above) - which depicts Sophie and her boyfriend being viciously attacked, simply because of the way they dressed - is a collaboration between Propaganda, French illustrator and animator Fursy Teyssier, band Portishead (whose track Roads provides a suitably emotive soundtrack) MTV, and make-up company Illamasqua - who fully funded it. The high profile make-up brand has supported the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (SOPHIE) since it launched last November. As well as selling its black SOPHIE eye pencils and the charity's wristbands, it also uses every opportunity to promote the key message of SOPHIE: Stamp Out Prejudice, Intolerance and Hatred, Everywhere - hence the commissioning of this film.

"Impact was our main objective," says Propaganda's Mark Williams, "as well as creating a film that highlighted the effect ignorance and violence can have on individuals lives. The decision to use such a moving track brings the film to life and creates a rush of emotion felt by all. We have worked with some fantastic people to make this happen and I would like to thank all those who have contributed to help such an important cause.”

As well as appearing on the Illamasqua and SOPHIE websites, SOPHIE: A Dark Angel will be projected in an ongoing loop in Manchester's Cathedral Gardens from dusk this evening (26th November). It would have been Sophie's 23rd birthday. The film will also be shown at various times on MTV over the next two weeks.

Credits

Title: Dark Angel
Agency: Propaganda
Client: The Sophie Lancaster Fopundation/Illamasqua
Writer / creative director: Mark Williams
Illustrator / animator / director: Fursy Teyssier

sophielancasterfoundation.com/

 

13 Comments

A truly hideous and horrendous story, yet told with such beauty.

Brilliant!
Lee
2009-11-26 18:23:20


Saw this on the news here in the UK last night, I was shocked by the story but was very proud of what the girls mother did and how she was turning such a negitive into a positive

great story.
David Purslow
2009-11-27 07:52:05


when will the prejudice end and when will difference be embraced... it's heartbreaking. RIP Sophie
Kate Davies
2009-11-27 10:05:53


Great that action is being taken. The video is very emotional, creating an impact that will help raise awareness. Great work.
Emma
2009-11-30 16:36:54


I have added it onto my blog now to help raise awareness.
Emma
2009-12-04 11:28:00


Very good that action that was taken. I've was recently talking about this vid with friends.
Kevin Mullins
2010-05-06 22:09:27


When i recently ran my pub in Baildon, West Yorkshire, a few "Gophes" used to come in and drink on a Sunday Night, they thought that their appearance would put me off them and not allow it, completely not, what a lovely crowd, lovely people, "Never ever judge a book by it's cover" everybody is entitled to their say, be your own person. What a very very sad case this is, it's such a shame we have mindless morons out there who have half a brain and can't even use that properly, my heart goes out to the familys affected by this tragic event and all their friends, peace and love to you all.
Brighton Bill
2010-11-10 09:32:10


Just seen the video, very emotional, great work, brought back memories of the horrendous event.
Peter Hearl
2011-01-03 13:33:43


Terrible Story - hopefully the video helped to raise awareness - I remember hearing about nthe attack on the news
Tim Driver
2012-11-23 13:29:23


Great story although very sad. Remember hearing about this :(
Matt Heath
2013-08-29 20:36:15


Great piece of work and what an emotional story beautifully scripted and told.
Tom Michalski
2014-01-22 15:55:16


very sad i know, but love how the choice in song really fits the mood of the work.
Paul Keppel
2014-02-09 21:48:00


Very emotional, great work, such a tragic event.
Paul Watkinson
2014-03-11 14:11:45


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