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 Is Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
Saturday January 6 at 9:30pm AEDT
A mother drove the wrong way on a Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. This programme examines the mysterious and senseless tragedy.
The Family I Had
Saturday January 13 at 9.30pm AEDT
A family is torn apart by an unthinkable crime: the brutal and seemingly unmotivated murder of a young girl by her teenage brother. At the centre of the story is the beleaguered single mother Charity, now mother to a murdered child and the murderer himself- how does she move forward, and what kind of relationship can she forge with her now incarcerated son? Devastatingly honest, The Family I Had performs a family archaeology to understand not only this tragedy itself, but the generations of intra-family violence, mental illness, and unspoken secrets that preceded it. A true crime story that explores both the power and the limits of family, forgiveness and filial love.
Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father
Saturday January 20 at 9:30pm AEDT
On Nov. 5 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew’s child. Andrew’s enraged parents campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son’s killer. Filmmaker and childhood friend Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend’s son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.
Mommy Dead and Dearest
Saturday January 27 at 9:30pm AEDT
Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Child Abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. What starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception and unrelenting abuse, journeying towards the truth about what happened that night. Featuring exclusive access to Gypsy from prison and a trove of police interrogation tapes, medical records, and secret conversations, this HBO Documentary Film is a disturbing, first-hand look at a life arrested and the consequences of trying to keep someone young forever.