CRIME CULTURE: Red Joan
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Red Joan

Inspired by true events, Red Joan is a new historical spy thriller co-starring Judi Dench. Aiming for heft and gravitas, it instead ends up being a serious let-down with racist caricatures taking centre stage alongside some of the most tedious British stiff upper lips seen in a long while, writes Therese Taylor.

CRIME CULTURE: Narcos - Mexico
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Narcos – Mexico

It’s the latest instalment in the increasingly popular ‘Narcos’ series from Netflix. This time the action switches to the ‘greenfields’ of Mexico in the 1980s as Sinaloa’s Guadalajara Cartel go from wide-eyed cannabis innovators to cynical cocaine couriers for the Colombians.

CRIME CULTURE: Casting JonBenet
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Casting JonBenet

Any unsolved crime, especially something as heinous as the murder of a child, is bound to attract speculation. The thought that a killer like that lurks among us is haunting.Perhaps that’s why Casting JonBenet manages to be so beguiling twenty years after the infamous and still unsolved murder of six-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey. Sophie Winter with her verdict.

CRIME CULTURE: American Animals
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: American Animals

The year was 2003 and a quartet of college idiots were about to set out to their university library in one of the dumbest heists ever planned. Gary Johnston gives us his verdict on whether new doco-drama American Animals captures the spirit of their infamous criminal caper.

CRIME CULTURE: Glengarry Glen Ross
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Glengarry Glen Ross

It’s the 1992 film set in the sleazy real estate world of New York where fraudster Donald Trump used to reign as king before becoming the most powerful man in the United States. Gary Johnston on why this business crime classic featuring an all-star cast led by the incomparable Al Pacino is even more relevant today.

CRIME CULTURE: Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

The popularity of true crime podcasts and investigative crime documentaries has exploded over the past five years. Greenlight – the debut novel by stand-up comedian Benjamin Stevenson – places the media right in the centre of a young backpacker’s murder. Therese Taylor with her view on this new Aussie thriller.

CRIME CULTURE: Nightcrawler
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Nightcrawler

Many parts of Nightcrawler sicken the viewer and act as a warning on some of the most disturbing aspects of the media and humanity, however large segments of the film also speak to the ethos of this very website and burgeoning independent media. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, explains why this 2014 gem of a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo will be seen as a crime classic for years to come.

CRIME CULTURE: Border Politics
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Border Politics

Is hate, fear and ignorance the new Australian way? Or, are present-day fears around asylum seekers and refugees an undying ember of an even darker past? True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston takes a look at the new documentary film, Border Politics.

CRIME CULTURE: Chappaquiddick
CRIME CULTURE

CRIME CULTURE: Chappaquiddick

The art of the political cover-up is explored in fine detail in the historical thriller Chappaquiddick, with the film raising important questions on the way powerful elites view ordinary people as expendable. Gary Johnston takes a look for True Crime News Weekly.