Jim fled his abusers and hid in a cinema. Movies became his life

The moment that saved Jim Sherlock sounds like it’s from a movie. Fittingly, it happened in a cinema – a refuge that started off as shelter and later became his life’s work.

Jim was a runaway. That’s why they put him in the children’s homes to begin with, because he used to flee the family home and his father’s terrible temper. He was made a ward of the state, like many other truants in the 1960s.

The bureaucratic form that put him in the government’s care at age nine said Jim needed protection because he was “likely to lapse into a life of crime”. It was, as Jim puts it, jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Read his incredible story.

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