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'Beautiful' film of Goth murder

Animation of Sophie Lancaster murder
The film shows Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend being attacked

An animation based on the murder of a woman because she dressed as a Goth is to be broadcast on an international music channel.

Described as a "beautiful, yet haunting" work of art, it focuses on the murder of Sophie Lancaster, beaten to death in a Lancashire park in 2007.

It will be released on Thursday, which would have been her 23rd birthday, and shown on the music channel MTV.

Her mother, Sylvia Lancaster, is giving the film her full support.

She told BBC News: "It was quite shocking when I first saw it, and it was really upsetting but it needs to be, it is hard-hitting.

"She was attacked purely because she looked different. We want to use this film in school workshops and show how a fear of difference ended my daughter's life.

"Young people don't understand they see a visual thing and that's what their perceptions are.

Sophie Lancaster
Sophie Lancaster died while protecting her boyfriend

"It is about getting underneath that and saying we are all human beings at the end of the day."

Sophie Lancaster who was 20 and from Bacup, Lancashire, was kicked to death in a park during a gang attack.

She died trying to protect her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, who was left injured in the attack.

Two teenagers were given life sentences and three other teenagers were given indeterminate sentences of detention for public protection in April 2008.

The film was commissioned by cosmetics firm Illamasqua which donates to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity set up in her memory by her mother.

Julian Kynaston from the firm said when he showed it to Mrs Lancaster, he said it was the "hardest thing" he had ever done.

"I have so much admiration for Sylvia she is such an inspiration, we sat together we watched it, she cried, I cried, her friend cried."

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