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:
Saturday July 1 at 9:30pm AEST
Can people find love through the modern “mail-order bride” industry? Or is the international romance business just a scam? Sincere and unflinching, “Love Me” follows Western men and Ukrainian women as they embark on an unpredictable and riveting journey in search of love. Each character’s experience exposes the myths and realities of this unique industry, while also exploring the much deeper human story that is too often overlooked.
Kid Criminals – Parts 1 & 2
Saturday July 8 at 9:30pm AEST
This extraordinary two-part documentary explores the juvenile correctional system in the state of Indiana, gaining close access to inmates and staff to build up an intimate portrait of life inside a children’s prison.
The Hunting Ground
Saturday July 15 at 9.30pm AEST
Hear the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American university campuses. Interweaving observational footage, expert insights and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors pursuing both their education and justice in the face of institutional failure to respond effectively and appropriately to their reports.
Saturday July 22 at 9:30pm AEST
In April 1998 Julie Paterson from Darlington in North East England disappeared. Three weeks later the police, following evidence collected from witnesses, stormed David Harker’s house. Harker, 24, had eaten parts of Julies body. Cannibal Killer tells this story through the eyes of Julie’s fiance, bereaved family and friends to help unfold aspects of one of the most atrocious cannibal crimes of the 20th century.
Beware The Slenderman – SCREENING ONLY IN AUSTRALIA
Saturday July 29 at 9:30pm AEST
It was a local story that horrified the nation: two 12-year-old girls lured a friend into the Waukesha woods, where they proceeded to stab her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as “Slenderman.” But there’s more to the story than the dark headlines it generated. A sobering documentary that delves deep into the story behind this shocking crime, Beware the Slenderman examines how an Internet urban myth could take root in impressionable young minds, leading to an unspeakable act. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (The Final Inch), the film interweaves an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced video culled from the Internet, along with heart-wrenching access to the two girls’ families, courtroom testimony, expert interviews, and interrogation-room footage to cover all sides of this unusual case. Ultimately, Beware the Slenderman reveals how adolescent isolation, mental health, and the nebulous nature of the Internet helped create a dangerous mandate for two young girls, with life-altering consequences for everyone involved.