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Vue brings back Blue Story as boss hits out at ‘racism’ claims

Banned:
Gang film
Blue Story
was pulled
from Vue’s
91 cinemas
after the
Star City
brawl

BLUE STORY will return to Vue Cinemas screens after a backlash over it being pulled.

The gang film was withdrawn after seven police officers were hurt in a mass brawl at Star City cinema in Birmingham on Saturday.

Director Andrew Onwubolu told BBC Breakfast there was ‘no connection’ between the trouble and his movie, and questioned whether there were ‘hidden reasons’ for the ban.

However, Vue boss Tim Richards said he ‘agonised’ over the decision to pull the film, but had to prioritise the safety of staff and customers after 25 incidents at 16 cinemas.

He added: ‘I have spent 20 years of my life supporting and promoting diversity and British and independent film.’ Describing the film as ‘important’ he went on: ‘To call me personally or corporately racist is very, very disturbing and with no merit at all. Racism does not enter into the equation at all. Never has. It’s the opposite.’

Onwobulu, aka Rapman, reacted by tweeting: ‘We made a lot of noise and now we’ve been heard.’