1×60’ HD for Channel 4 (2009)
Production Company: Century Films
Directed by: Ashley Gething
Produced by: Katie Bailiff / Jeanette Bell
Editing by: Brand Thumim
One in three of us admit that we wouldn't intervene to protect a stranger. A 12-year-old girl is beaten and stamped on by a crowd of teenagers on a crowded bus. A man is punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the head in an almost deserted London street. Gun-wielding robbers threaten a cashier in a petrol station. Witnesses in five separate incidents are forced to decide - intervene and risk their own safety or disengage and turn away. Whether they choose the path of a have-a-go-hero or passive bystander, their decisions will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The first-hand testimonies of those involved are intercut with CCTV footage and dramatic reconstruction, as the stories unfold to reveal the split-second choices that were made. Whilst some witnesses are seemingly paralysed by fear, others step in. Some escape unscathed while others pay a heavy price for their courage...
"Exceptional film" - The Guardian