The Central Park Five (Burns, McMahon, Burns, 2012): Vue5, Leicester Square, 6pm
This hard-hitting documentary also screens at the Renoir on Oct 20 at 4pm. Details here.
56th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (10-21 October 2012) DAY 6
day (from October 10 to October 21) I will be selecting the London
Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the
movies you are unlikely to see in
London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here
is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't
worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always
some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each
screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.
The London Film Festival (LFF) is essentially a greatest hits package from the earlier film festivals during the year. Word-of-mouth from the screenings at Cannes and elsewhere suggests this could be the pick of the LFF documentary competition in 2012.
This is a film that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino
teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park, New York.
After having spent between six and 13 years each in prison, a serial
rapist confessed to the crime. The ramifications of this shocking story are still being felt to this day. Here is writer Jill Filipovic's comment piece on the background to the case in the Guardian and here is the report on the subpoena served last week on the film-makers, demanding to examine the footage and the notes compiled during the making of their film as the city seeks to defend the
actions of its officials in the aftermath of the horrific crime.
London Film Festival review:
'One night in April 1989, the body of a female jogger was found in
Central Park. She had been beaten and raped, and was left barely alive.
Within days, and after hours of intense interrogations, the NYPD charged
five teenagers from Harlem after recording their confessions. Amid
media furore and public outrage, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson,
Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam faced rape charges.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, along with collaborators
David McMahon and Sarah Burns, revisit a crime that shocked New York and
a court case that highlighted the deep divides along lines of race and
class that existed in the city. With revelatory archive footage and
contributions from many involved in the trial, The Central Park Five
stands as a significant and illuminating examination of both an
appalling crime and of the American justice system.'
Here is the trailer.