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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noted political journalist, Michael Brissenden, has taken some time out away from the news to turn his hand to crime-fiction writing in a novel that also places the cost of Australia’s participation in futile wars in the Middle East to the fore. Charles Sturt University academic, Therese Taylor, gives her take on The List.
This is the first instalment of a new regular series from True Crime News Weekly looking at ‘crime’ in the media and across pop culture. We’ll investigate how realistic it is, how accurate it is, and how good it is. The first to come under our gaze is the newly released American heist film, Den of Thieves.