Netflix picks up 10-part crime documentary

9 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Netflix Adds ‘Making a Murderer’ 10-Part Series to Documentary Lineup.

Netflix is betting that subscribers will be interested in a real-life crime investigation, ordering the 10-episode documentary series Making a Murderer. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos delve into the story of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for assault, possession of a firearm, and a sexual assault for which he was eventually exonerated.Netflix, expanding its original documentary programming, has picked up documentary crime series “Making a Murderer,” a “Serial”-like project covering the 30-year saga of one man’s experience with the American criminal justice system. Avery’s release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose local law enforcement corruption and award him millions of dollars. Other Netflix original documentary and docu-series include Oscar-nominated films The Square and Virunga, as well as other genre titles What Happened, Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom and Chef’s Table.

Everybody loves true crime shows, just look at Investigation Discovery, that’s a whole channel for true crime. , which premieres on December 18, is inspired by a newspaper story from 2005 about Steven Avery, “an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault. In 2005, after his release, Avery became the top suspect for the murderer of photographer Teresa Halbach; it’s this public maelstrom that caught the attention of Ricciardi and Demos. “If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred,” the directors said in a Netflix press release. “Our goal has always been to share that experience with viewers. Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to tell this story in a way that wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else.” According to the press release, “the series takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

The filmmakers have documented every angle of the story, following the second investigation and ensuing trial of the accused, petitioning the court to avoid having to turn over their footage, gathering archival materials, and interviewing those closest to the case.” The directors look at allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion and question whether scientific advances and legislative reforms have made it easier to find the truth and achieve justice, the Netflix announcement says. Of course, the question remains if Netflix’s all-at-once streaming model can generate the same kind of buzz created over a period of weeks by Serial or The Jinx, but one imagines the streaming service hopes the mystery’s strength will stand on its own.

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