The new film about Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has upset both families involved.
It’s been over four years since Oscar Pistorius fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home, on Valentine’s Day 2013. Since then he has been found guilty of culpable homicide and given a sentence of six years – a jail term considered lenient by many commentators (prosecutors are endeavouring to increase his sentence to a minimum of 15 years).
Now a film titled Oscar Pistorius – The Blade Runner Killer has aired on Lifetime in the US, prompting outrage from Reeva Steenkamp’s family. Focusing on the run up to the model’s death and the following trial, the film features South African actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and German model Toni Garrn as Steenkamp.
Pistorius’ brother Carl came forward with a statement in October, ahead of the films release, writing: “The film was made with blatant disregard of both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families, as well as complete disregard for Reeva and Oscar. The ‘film’ is not a true reflection of what happened on the day of this tragedy and the subsequent trial of the matter. We will be taking legal action.”
The 2014 trial attracted intense worldwide attention, but none more so than in South Africa where Pistorius had been considered by many to be a national hero. That the film has sensationalised Steenkamp’s murder isn’t a complete shock (Reeva’s sister called the film “a money-making exercise”) but the major bone of contention for her family is the way the story has been told.
A representative said: “They are horrified and upset to read a report that ‘the movie is told from Steenkamp and her mother’s perspective’. June Steenkamp was not approached by Lifetime to participate, comment or be part of the making of the film, and did not give the producers any assistance. Any impression that is created that this is June’s view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect.”
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