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Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case, which shocked the world in 1993. Detainment is a 2018 Irish short drama film written and directed by Vincent Lambe, about the murder of James Bulger. In January 2019, it was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective, relying on transcripts of police interviews with the two suspects, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (played by Leon Hughes and Ely Solan in a pair of stunning child performances), to provide a window into their psychology.’ Variety


Winner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival

Winner of the 'Don Quixote' Award, Krakow Film Festival

Winner of the 'Young Director' Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018

Winner of the 'Young Jury' Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019

Winner of the 'Emerging Director' Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020