Must Watch

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:

The Invisible War
MA ratingSaturday December 1 at 9.30pm AEDT

With stark clarity and escalating revelations, this documentary exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.

Casey Anthony’s Parents Speak
Saturday December 8 at 9.30pm AEDT

Ten years after the tragic disappearance and mysterious death of three-year-old Caylee Anthony, her grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, open up to Elizabeth Vargas about their lives.

Interviewed at the home where they raised their daughter Casey and where they still live, George and Cindy sit with Vargas to dive deep into the years raising Casey, revealing the intimate and heartbreaking details of their lives a decade after everything went wrong. Along the way they revisit locations that have come to define their lives, including the woods where Caylee’s remains were found. And for the first time ever, cameras will follow as they shed light on the complicated truth about their relationship with each other and the tension surrounding their differing opinions about their notorious daughter, Casey.

Mommy Dead and Dearest
Saturday December 15 at 9.30pm AEDT

A firsthand look at the headline-grabbing, true-crime story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose, exploring one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

MA ratingParadise Lost 3: Purgatory
Saturday December 22 at 9.30pm AEDT

The conclusion of the award-winning trilogy that spawned a worldwide movement to free three men convicted of child murder – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley – known as The West Memphis Three.

A Killing In My Family
Saturday December 29 at 9.30pm AEDT

Every day a child in England and Wales loses a family member through murder or manslaughter.

This film tells the stories of eight of these families attending the UK’s only residential weekend for children bereaved by murder or manslaughter. Using a combination of multiple cameras and fixed rig, this documentary sees a group of sixteen children, some as young as four, along with their surviving parent or grandparents come together to face their pain, under the guidance of grief professionals, Winston’s Wish.

The key session is ‘telling your story’ where children are asked to draw and write about what happened prompting 6 year old Lilly to ask “is ‘killed’ with a curly c or kicking k?” Gemma (lead practitioner) explains the importance of children having ‘a clear and coherent narrative, otherwise what they imagine…will be worse than the actual event itself’.

The film also sees the adults, who are at a separate location, as they struggle to stop and, for many, for the first time have space to acknowledge their own loss.

These are the stories of children whose lives have changed overnight, and the team of people who are helping to rebuild them.Must