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:
There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane
Saturday January 7 at 9.30pm AEDT
On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway and then smashed into an oncoming SUV, killing herself, her daughter, her three nieces and all three people in the other car. Only her five-year-old son survived. Diane’s autopsy revealed that she had consumed the equivalent of 10 shots of vodka, and had smoked marijuana shortly before the accident. Award-winning director Liz Garbus explores the facts and speculation surrounding this tragic accident.
The Cheshire Murders
Saturday January 14 at 9.30pm AEDT
In the summer of 2007, residents were devastated by the news of a triple homicide in their home town of Cheshire, Connecticut. This film explores the details surrounding the incident and the impact this horrific crime had on a small close knit town.
Saturday January 21 at 9.30pm AEDT
This documentary unravels the tragic murder of a young teenager who had just begun exploring his gender identity. A powerful and disturbing look at a despicable hate crime, the circumstances that led to the crime, and its complicated and far-reaching aftermath.
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
Saturday January 28 at 9.30pm AEDT
Take a new look at the trial of 21-year-old Pamela Smart, who was accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband. As the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel, court case, the trial gave birth to reality TV. The film explores how the media’s coverage of the story may have influenced the trial and sentencing.