Crime docu-series The Staircase and Evil Genius are coming to Netflix this summer
Believe it or not, the sun is out! Pull out a deck chair, don your sunglasses and consume copious amounts of ice-cream because who knows when the hot weather will be back.
We don’t mean to be Debbie Downers but, it’s Britain so it’s inevitable the grey skies will be back soon. When they do, you’re going to want some juicy TV to get hooked on while you’re stuck inside. Netflix has the answer, as it has announced two new crime documentaries set to be released next month.
Following on from the success of Wild Wild Wild Country, Netflix plans to release, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, and three new Netflix Original episodes of the critically-acclaimed series, The Staircase. These will launch alongside the original ten episodes.
The Staircase is centred around the compelling story of Michael Peterson, his wife Kathleen and a 16-year murder mystery. In North Carolina in 2001, Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of the stairs, covered in blood. Her crime novelist husband was convicted for her murder. But did he do it?
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, was granted access to follow the case from the start right up to the retrial in 2017. His camera follows every intimate aspect of the case, taking you inside the Peterson home, the family and defence team. If you were hooked on Making a Murderer, this will be right up your street.
The next chapter of The Staircase is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 28 April, before lauching on Netflix in the summer. It’s is produced by What’s Up Films, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and produced by Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
If you wanted to know the truth behind the “pizza bomber heist”, set a reminder in your diary for 11 May because you will definitely want to watch Evil Genius. In this four-part documentary, the film-makers delve into the details behind America’s most shocking bank robbery that went wrong.
In 2003, in Pennsylvania a bank robbery goes awry and ends in a terrifying public murder. Following a wild goose chase, the FBI manage to catch Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, a middle-aged woman struggling with mental illness who they believe is responsible for the killing. Now, 15 years on, this docu-series explores the conspiracy surrounding the murders and uncovers some hidden truths.
Evil Genius is written and directed by Barbara Schroeder; co-director and executive producer is Trey Borzillieri; executive producers are Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun.
While it’s the dramas and thrillers that tend to garner the the most attention, Netflix has produced, and has a library full of documentaries that are just as entertaining and will have you gripping onto the edge of your sofa. Last month, we picked out five documentaries featuring on Netflix that you might like the look of.
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