Sheffield cinema pulls gang violence film after 100-strong machete brawl

A Sheffield cinema has pulled screenings of a gang violence film after five teenagers were arrested after a 100-strong machete brawl.

By Darren Burke
Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2:36 pm
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 12:36 pm

Vue Cinemas has shelved all screenings of Blue Story after violence broke out at a screening in Birmingham last night.

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Five teenagers, including a 13 year-old girl, were arrested and seven West Midlands Police officers were hurt while attempting to disperse the fight at the Star City complex.

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Vue has pulled screenings of Blue Story at its cinema.

Police had to draw Tasers and use a dispersal order to clear the group of up to 100 youths while two machetes were seized and a knife was recovered from a roundabout nearby.

The film, described by director Rapman as a a tale of friendship, love and postcode wars, has been removed from screenings at Meadowhall.

A spokesman for the firm said: "We can confirm a decision was made to remove the film. The safety and welfare of our customers and staff is always our first priority."

Blue Story is a tragic tale of a friendship between Timmy and Marco, two young boys from warring postcodes in London, who become friends but get caught up in gang violence.

Timmy, a shy, smart, naive and timid young boy from Deptford, goes to school in Peckham where he strikes up a friendship with Marco, a charismatic, streetwise kid from the local area.

Although from warring postcodes, the two quickly form a firm friendship until it is tested and they wind up on rival sides of a street war.