Must Watch is a curation of some of the world’s most critically acclaimed and award winning true-crime documentary films, showcasing the most confronting, chilling and thought-provoking films from the last two decades. These are the films you need to see this month:
The Execution of Wanda Jean
Saturday April 1 at 9.30pm AEDT
Wanda Jean Allen, who was executed on January 11, 2001, was the first woman to be put to death in Oklahoma’s modern history. An unflinching investigation of the role that poverty, mental health, race and sexuality play within the criminal justice system, the film follows Allen as she prepares for her clemency trial and faces her impending execution date.
Saturday April 8 at 9.30pm AEST
‘Solitary’ tells the stories of several inmates sent to Red Onion State Prison, one of over 40 super-max prisons across the US, built to hold inmates in 8’x10′ solitary confinement cells, 23 hours-a-day. With unprecedented access, this immersive film weaves through prison corridors and cells, capturing the chilling sounds and haunting atmosphere of the prison. Profoundly intimate, reflective interviews with inmates reveal violent childhoods, the dangers of prison life, and struggles to maintain sanity in the unrelenting monotony of confinement. Interwoven with their stories are the voices of the corrections officers, who are serving a different type of time right alongside the prisoners, and struggle themselves to maintain their humanity. Filmed over the course of one year, SOLITARY tells the stories of people caught in the complex America penal system and raises provocative questions about what should be considered ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment today.
Murder 9 to 5
Saturday April 15 at 9.30pm AEST
This film takes a disturbing look at the increasing number of violent crimes committed in the U.S. workplace, focusing on cases such as Richard Farley, who killed seven people in his office two years after being fired. This film also offers expert insights by a top FBI psychiatric analyst on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
Saturday April 22 at 9.30pm AEST
Explore the case of the Norfolk Four in which four current and former sailors in the U.S. Navy were convicted of the rape and murder of a woman on the basis of coerced confessions.
Women Who Love Killers
Saturday April 29 at 9.30pm AEST
In prisons across America, men convicted of vicious killings and rapes are forming intimate relationships with free women. Initiated by sympathetic letters and fuelled by years of unconsummated visitations, many of these romances lead to marriage. These are five stories of women who fall in love with convicted killers – three of whom are on death row.