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Lorena Bobbitt documentary series to premiere on Amazon Prime

Monday, April 9th 2018 by Emma Woollacott

Say the name 'Lorena Bobbitt' and most men over a certain age will wince hard and cross their legs.

In 1993, the Virginia manicurist cut off husband John Wayne's penis with a kitchen knife, but was found not guilty on the grounds of temporary insanity. She claimed she'd been the victim of domestic abuse.

Her husband was later acquitted of rape, his penis was successfully attached and he even went on to a brief career as a porn star. Lorena, meanwhile, remarried, had a daughter and started a non-profit domestic violence organisation.

It's a fascinating story, to say the least. And it's now attracted the attention of Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning director of Get Out, who is to be the executive producer of a four-part documentary series for Amazon Prime.

Produced by Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment, Lorena will be directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé, best-known for Lost for Life, and challenges the conventional view of the case through a full re-investigation.

"Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project," says Heather Schuster, head of unscripted at Amazon Originals.

'How America got her story wrong'

"Lorena reframes Lorena Bobbitt's story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong."

The series looks at the way the event helped to lay the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.

"Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment," says Rofé. "Often, there's profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena's."

And it also examines the issues of sexism and domestic abuse which went largely ignored at the time.

"When we hear the name Bobbitt we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full-blown media spectacle," says Peele.

"With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena's story and we're honoured to help her tell it."

Lorena will be a global release, available for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Prime members will be able to stream the series via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. They can also download it to mobile devices for offline viewing.

Customers who aren't already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial. After the trial, it's £7.99 a month or £79 a year. You'll also get a bunch of other benefits such as Prime Music, Prime Reading, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive and free one-day Amazon delivery.

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