Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the co-creators and directors of Netflix’s Making A Murderer, have just been announced as guests of the upcoming Spectrum Now Festival in Sydney.
Spectrum Now Festival ambassador Charlie Pickering will chat with Ricciardi and Demos live on stage in a one hour interview exploring the original ten-part documentary crime series, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
“We always wanted Making A Murderer to start a dialogue around important issues in our criminal justice system,” said Ricciardi. “We are thrilled that so many people all over the world are responding to the concept of fairness and equality, and we can’t wait to come to Australia to continue this discussion.”
Inspired by a newspaper article from 2005, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have spent the last decade documenting an unprecedented real-life thriller that spans more than thirty years.
Set in America’s heartland, Making a Murderer follows the harrowing story of Steven Avery, an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault.
His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement and award him millions of dollars. But in the midst of his very public civil case, he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.
The series takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. With amazing access, the filmmakers follow 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 key players in the case.
“If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred. 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,” said Demos.
Making a Murderer examines allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion. The filmmakers look at what went wrong in the first case and question whether scientific advances and legislative reforms over the past three decades have gotten us any closer to delivering truth and justice in the system.
Spectrum Now Festival is on 10 March at The Star in Sydney’s Pyrmont.