When Longford (Jim Broadbent) receives a letter from convicted child murderer Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton) requesting a prison visit, he accepts the invitation despite protests from wife Margaret (Lindsay Duncan). He forms an unexpected bond with Hindley based on their mutual Catholic upbringing, and begins a decades-long fight to secure her parole.
What Longford thinks he knows about Hindley is challenged during a visit to her partner-in-crime Ian Brady (Andy Serkis). His faith is further put to the test as popular outcry mounts against him for his involvement with the despised couple.
Longford’s controversial beliefs spark furious public debate and deep personal conflict as he presses on with his campaign to support Hindley’s release; a campaign that threatens to leave his reputation in tatters.
Written by Peter Morgan (The Crown) and directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), this award-winning drama tells the story of Lord Longford’s conscientious campaign for the rights of prisoners – including those of Britain’s most notorious killer.
“A chilling, strangely affecting portrait of their bizarre 30-year friendship.” The New York Times