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:
Everything’s Better Than A Hooker
Saturday August 4 at 9.30pm AEST
In 2013, a woman in Sweden was stabbed to death by the father of her children during a meeting with social services. In the past, the court had decided that, despite a history of violence, the man would get the sole custody of the children, because their mother had previously worked as an escort. A staggering investigation of a murder that shook European public opinion and turned a sex worker into a symbol of the fight for women’s rights, in a film that struggles (and wins the battle) against anger and mourning.
Who Took Johnny
Saturday August 11 at 9.30pm AEST
An examination into the infamous 30-year-old case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton.
The Execution of Gary Gilmore
Saturday August 18 at 9.30pm AEST
The date was January 17, 1977, the time 8:08am. After years of being deemed ”cruel and an unusual punishment” by the courts, the death penalty in America was back. Gilmore uttered his haunting last words, ”Let’s do it”. A moment of silence – and then the air shattered with the sound of rifle fire. Emmy-Award winning producer-director Lawrence Schiller shed’s new light on one of the most famous executions in history and one that changed the criminal justice system for generations to come. This new documentary will look at Schiller’s archives on the case, including never-before-heard recorded interviews with Gilmore, his girlfriend Nicole Baker, the widows of the two Mormon victims, prosecutors, defense attorneys and police.
The Search For Natalie Hemming
Saturday August 25 at 9.30pm AEST
It’s May Bank Holiday. A mother of three has vanished with no contact with her partner, her kids or her wider family for over 48 hours. “It’s not like her” says her mum, Margaret. “What’s making you feel concerned?” says the police operative who answers the 999 call. “Him”.
What follows is the most extraordinary story of a police investigation over several months. For Thames Valley Police they have one huge problem. They can’t find Natalie Hemming.
Seen on CCTV with a man, the police have to decide if they will charge the suspect with a body-less murder. The pressure is on.
For DCI Simon Steel convictions without a body are very rare – and it’s his job not only to convict his suspect, but to find Natalie and bring her home to her family.