Magazine article Screen International

Amazon's Oscar Pistorius Docuseries Includes Family Interviews, Footage

Magazine article Screen International

Amazon's Oscar Pistorius Docuseries Includes Family Interviews, Footage

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Director Vaughan Sivell spent three years making the 4 x 60’ documentary, and collected more than 2,000 hours of footage.

‘Pistorius’

Three years in the making, Vaughan Sivell’s documentary Pistorius will be launched worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on Sept 6.

The 4 x 60’ episodes follow Oscar Pistorius’ rise to sporting fame as a Paralympic champion, the fateful night in February 2013 when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and the subsequent murder trial.

The series also explores his rise and fall in the context of contemporary, turbulent South Africa.

Director Sivell told Screen: “Modern South Africa, the country, and Oscar Pistorius were born a few years apart. One became the rainbow nation and one became the Bladerunner. And then suddenly the country and the man’s world had collided, with his arrest and trial. This seemed like a great thing to explore as a movie.”

A small theatrical release is planned after the Amazon launch; the film had started life as a one-off feature but the material grew into the docuseries. The film was shot in South Africa, the US, UK and Italy. Kew Media struck the deal with Amazon Studios for the series.

A mammoth production

Sivell and his team amassed more than 2,000 hours of footage in making the film, we well as thousands of pages of legal documents. “It was a mammoth task,” Sivell said. “We left no stone unturned, the whole team grabbed it and ran with it. We were really forensic in every detail of the trial. …

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