Hi, out there. Are you reaching true crime critical mass? It happens. I won’t hold it against you if right now you’re more into GLOW (it’s good), or constantly refreshing Twitter out of fear, or working on your gut biome (love having another body problem I’m supposed to fix). I think I could use a break from all the grim, so I’m going to read the classic How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made. It was just re-issued earlier this year and a friend who has the best, non-try-hard Instagram recommended it. I’m hoping it will help me “see” movies differently, and catch more of the visual feast I’m certain I miss in day to day life.
But you came here for true crime links, and I’m duty-bound to honor that.
It’s a quiet week on the film front, but I did want to note the wide release of a film that made the festival circuit in 2016. Proving further that we’ve reached peak podcast saturation, Women Who Kill is a dark comedy about two former lovers who host a true crime podcast together who find themselves the possible targets of an actual murderer. It could be good?
In contrast to film, true crime TV is all over the place, both in subject, quality, and market reach. Among the most exciting news to me, is that Top of the Lake will be back for a second season. Sure, it’s a scripted drama, but the fictional crime still makes for compelling viewing. Nicole Kidman (!) joins Elisabeth Moss.
On Investigation Discovery, they’ll be airing a brand-new documentary August 5 on the Son of Sam killings.
Hulu enters the true crime originals fray with a new collaboration between writers Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean. The Act is “a character-based true-crime anthology series” that will follow a new case each season.
But I’m most thrilled to hear that Patty Jenkins—whose first feature (before she directed some other thing) was the sublime Monster—will once again aim her lens at true crime. And this one’s a doozy. TNT will air the six-part miniseries One Day She’ll Darken, described as “inspired by the memoir by Fauna Hodel, a white woman raised by a black adoptive mother whose pursuit of her birth mother led to shocking revelations about her grandfather.”
If you’re wondering what the true crime links is, take a look at Fauna’s last name. Black Dahlia obsessives will instantly recognize the name of her grandfather, Dr. George Hodel, a man who many (including his own son) believe could have been Elizabeth Short’s murderer.
That’s it for true crime on the big and small screens. I’ll be back with links from page and pod on Thursday!
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