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:
Welcome To Leith
Saturday January 25 at 9.30pm AEDT
‘Welcome to Leith’ is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Filmed in the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest for terrorising the townspeople on an armed patrol and his subsequent release from jail six months later, the film is an eerie document of American DIY ideals.
Surviving R. Kelly Pt II: The Reckoning
Double episodes at 9:30pm AEDT from Saturday February 1
Following the ground-breaking release of Surviving R. Kelly, the world has been shattered by our Survivors stories, with people around the globe rallying around them with calls for justice. This follow-up series will document the developments in the case, new tapes surfacing, and a possible arrest, the present-day investigations. But in order to understand what’s currently at stake, we’ll dive deeper than ever before as to how R. Kelly escaped previous trials and into larger, intellectual themes that surrounded the case both then and now.
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
Saturday February 22 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.
Crimes That Shook Australia – Katherine Mary Knight
Saturday February 29 at 9.30pm AEDT
On the morning of March 1 2000 the police attended a house at Aberdeen in the Hunter Valley of NSW. This was in response to a report of blood on the front doorstep of the dwelling that was owned by local man John price, who was reported missing from work. Following a blood trail through the house they found Price dead, covered in blood with multiple stab wounds. He had been stabbed multiple times, and then unbelievably, skinned and decapitated. His skin was found hanging on a meat-hook near the lounge room and his head was located in a pot surrounded by vegetables doing a slow cook.
His partner Katherine Knight was unconscious, seemingly from some sort of drug overdose. From the evidence lying about the police immediately believed that she was the perpetrator of the gruesome crime – including the planned cannibalism of Price’s body parts. Charged with Price’s murder she went on trial in 2001, and was surprisingly declared sane although suffering from a borderline personality disorder. She was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment – with the judge ordering that she was never to be released – the first time in Australian history that this order has been imposed on a woman.