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:
Central Park Five
Saturday February 4 at 9.30pm AEDT
In April 1989, five teenagers were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Par. They spent between six and thirteen years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he had committed the crime.
Silence In The House of God
Saturday February 11 at 9.30pm AEDT
Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney explored the issue of paedophilia in the Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the USD, all the way to the Vatican.
Saturday February 18 at 9.30pm AEDT
Hear the story of a father’s journey to free his best friend and son, Ryan Ferguson, from a 40-year prison sentence for a brutal murder based on someone else’s dream. The cast of characters reveals the very best and worst of the American judicial system. From the questionable District Attorney-turned-Judge Kevin Crane, to the high-powered Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner; to the confused Chuck Erickson, who not only confesses to a murder based on a dream but also charges that his former classmate and friend, Ryan, was his co-conspirator; to Bill Ferguson, who uses his outlandish investigation skills and relentless creativity to give his son a shot at freedom. The film uses 8mm footage that showcases Bill’s trip across the world over 30 years ago, archival footage discovered from when Ryan was first arrested and put in a police car, court hearings, interviews with Ryan in prison, and all of the subjects involved in the case.
Crime After Crime
Saturday February 25 at 9.30pm AEDT
‘Crime After Crime’ tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie attorneys, with no background in criminal law, step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer.