In the event you thought that 2017 would carry the top of documentaries specializing in the still-unsolved case of the homicide of JonBenét Ramsey, you would possibly wish to assume once more. After a slew of particular documentaries and a Lifetime film, Netflix is offering viewers with one other tackle the tragic occasion. The streaming service which introduced us Making A Assassin could possibly be liable for essentially the most clever and delicate tackle the crime, which nonetheless is a supply of curiosity for many individuals.
New movie Casting JonBenét is described as a “sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case.” It’s directed by Kitty Inexperienced, an award-winning documentarian who has beforehand directed Ukraine Is Not a Brothel and The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul. The latter, telling the story of the Olympic determine skater, premiered at Sundance in 2015 and gained the quick movie non-fiction jury prize.
Casting JonBenét will make its world premiere as a part of the U.S. Documentary Competitors on the Sundance Movie Competition earlier than a restricted run in theaters and turning into obtainable on Netflix within the spring of this yr. That is the primary non-fiction movie from Netflix that has competed on the competition.
As a substitute of addressing the extra lurid features of the case, together with implying that JonBenét’s brother Burke by accident murdered his sister and accusations that folks Jon and Patsy tried to cowl up the killing, Casting JonBenét will deal with how the homicide and subsequent investigation have affected the neighborhood of the Ramsey’s hometown in Colorado. It is going to additionally discover “how this crime and it’s ensuing mythologies have formed the attitudes and conduct of successive generations of fogeys and kids.”
Kitty was not capable of interview any of the prime gamers within the case, together with investigators and the Ramsey household for the venture, so will probably be fascinating to see how this “sly and stylized exploration” will play out. Netflix actually appears enthusiastic about it. The service’s VP of Unique Documentary Programming, Lisa Nishimura, tells Selection:
Kitty boldly embraces the custom of progressive risk-taking throughout the documentary filmmaking mode together with her exceptional work on ‘Casting JonBenét,’. Netflix is the perfect house for showcasing Kitty’s sharply-rendered imaginative and prescient of a mythic American tragedy to a world viewers, on the event of the 20th anniversary of the crime.
As I’ve talked about earlier than, I used to be riveted by Making A Assassin and Netflix places out a tasteful, compelling true crime venture. The truth is, in case you haven’t watched the documentary about Amanda Knox on the service, add it to your queue instantly. This new movie appears to be like on the crime from one other angle, however do you assume it was actually needed? It’s apparent the crime affected the world, however there’s a fairly good probability it would by no means be solved, and it’s simply unhappy to maintain dredging up the horrible reminiscences related to a 20-year-old homicide. All that being mentioned, I’ll positively be watching this one.
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