Preview: West of Memphis

A couple of decades ago the murder of three 8-year-old boys in Memphis, Tennessee sparked an ongoing debate on the incident, the court trial and the intricate development of the case.

After serving 18 years in gaol, 17 of those years on death row, the three men convicted of the murders have been released with a new suspect now under possible investigation.

West of Memphis—produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh—is a powerful and provocative look into the untold story behind the infamous case of the West Memphis 3.

The documentary tells the tale of the three teenagers who were imprisoned for the heinous crime, despite overwhelming evidence of their innocence.

At the helm is acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil), who chronicles their trial, conviction and the subsequent investigation that generated the movement to prove their innocence.

This movement includes grassroots supporters, celebrated artists and musicians.Check out the clip below that has Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) talk about the case.

There is something about real-life events that inspires cinema stories and garners excessive attention from both the critics and the public. This is probably due to the fact that real life events attract the public’s interest and often leave the critics stumped.

They also have a way of creating eager anticipation for the release of these movies to.

West of Memphis screens in select cinemas in Australia from Valentine’s Day, February 14: Dendy Newtown, Sydney; Nova Carlton, Melbourne; Palace Centro, Brisbane; Luna Leederville, Perth; and February 21 at Palace East End, Adelaide.

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