Words: Elle Griffiths
It’s set to be this year’s must-watch true crime documentary, but, so far, Netflix producers have been keeping their cards close to their chests regarding the hotly tipped film.
Now they’ve finally unveiled a full-length trailer for Casting JonBenét, just one month before the film premieres on the video streaming site. And it’s chilling.
The critically acclaimed production explores the legacy of child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey’s murder in 1996.
Ramsey was found dead in her family home in Colorado, beginning one of the most notorious unsolved murder investigations of all time – and sparking a plethora of grisly true crime documentaries, intent on going over the sordid details surrounding the six-year-old’s death.
However, unlike the previous offerings, Casting JonBenét does not intend to go over the sordid details of the 1996 murder again – nor will it attempt to ‘unmask’ the murderer.
Instead, the documentary – which comes hot on the heels of Netflix’s own Making a Murderer and both FX’s Emmy winning re-telling of The People vs OJ Simpson and the Oscar winning OJ: Made in America – will do something very different.
Writer-director Kitty Green put the film together from a series of interviews with people from the small Colorado community where six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey grew up.
Green was ostensibly auditioning the participants for roles in a dramatized re-telling, but through this process we learn more about attitudes towards the killing and the real-life people they’re hoping to portray.
There is actually no drama to be made; their auditions become the film.
Variety explains: “Over 15 months, the filmmakers travelled to the Ramsey family’s Colorado hometown to elicit responses and reflections from the local community.
“The film examines how this crime and the resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behaviour of successive generations of parents and children.”
If it sounds a little left field, rest assured that it’s an experiment that seems to have paid off with the film garnering rave reviews from critics- It currently holds a coveted 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And if that doesn’t sway you, just watch the trailer again. We’re calling this one; it’s going to be amazing.