The Homefront - 7/7 London bombings
The Homefront - 7/7 London bombings documentary by Thomas Ikimi - 1:20:58 - Nov 15, 2008
By Kiran Randhawa, Evening Standard Aug 2007 A documentary charting the impact of the 7 July London terror attacks on the family of one of ...all » By Kiran Randhawa, Evening Standard Aug 2007 A documentary charting the impact of the 7 July London terror attacks on the family of one of the victims is to be released tomorrow. The film was directed by a cousin of Anthony Fatayi-Williams, one of the 13 people blown up on the No 30 bus in Tavistock Square. Thomas Ikimi, 28, said he hoped The Homefront will help pressure the Government into holding a public inquiry into the 2005 bombings, in which 52 innocent people died. He has dedicated the film to Mr Fatayi-Williams, from Hendon, a 26-year-old executive with oil and gas company Amec. The documentary includes interviews with his mother, Marie Fatayi-Williams. The 52-year-old executive with Elf Oil spoke of her devastation at losing her son. Mr Ikimi claims to have made some "shocking" discoveries, such as how little terror awareness training has been given to London Underground staff and police officers since the attacks. "There are no big new security measures, nothing to help awareness. Basically, they are no wiser than you or me. I'm incredibly disappointed with the way the Government has dealt with the families of victims. The fact they were shut out of the inquiry into the bombings is scandalous. "The British people have been done a great disservice. I believemy cousin, and all those who lost their lives in the attacks, deserved the respect of having a public and open inquiry into their deaths so that lessons could be learned from such a mindless massacre. "If the Government wasn't going to do this then I decided I must do it myself. "This film is about educating people and inviting people to join the debate on terror and think about the issues around it. TFL blocked me, cinemas refused to show it, TV stations said it is too depressing for their audiences and too stark and close to home, and the distributor I did have left the film because he was afraid Ken Livingstone and TFL would sue him for releasing it. "How can we prevent something like this happening in the future if we don't know how and why it occurred? People need to think about this.