Biographical Stories

Consent-coverConsent: The Louise Nicholas Story
(New Zealand)
Based on her book ‘My Story’, this dramatisation tells Louise Nicholas’s story of her being raped by police for years from the age of 13, and her struggle for justice and to be believed throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Louise Nicholas was named New Zealander of the Year due to her courage shown during the rape trials of former policemen. In 2015 she was named Anzac of the Year and in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours she was appointed an ONZOM for services to the prevention of sexual violence against women. Nicholas has worked as a survivor advocate for Rape Prevention Education.

Available in full on Youtube


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Difret (Ethiopia)
Dramatisation of the true story story of the legal precedent setting court case that outlawed the kidnapping of child brides in Ethiopia in 2004. Hirut, a 14-year-old girl on her way home from school is abducted into marriage.  She grabs a rifle, and shoots her would-be husband. Young women lawyers arrive from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense.

Trailer available on Youtube

 


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Cleveland Abduction (USA)
Dramatisation of the abduction and imprisonment of three young women by Ariel Castro, primarily told from the point of view of Michelle Knight, the first to be taken in 2002. For 11 years, Michelle is physically, emotionally and sexually abused. In 2003 and 2004, Ariel also kidnaps Amanda Berry, (who has a child with him), and Gina DeJesus. In 2013, Amanda succeeds in escaping, when the police release the women.

Available in full on Youtube

 


Big_Eyes_posterBig Eyes (USA)

Dramatisation of the life of American artist Margaret Keane —famous for children’s portraits with big eyes, and her husband, (Walter Keane), who took credit for Margaret’s phenomenally successful and popular paintings in the 1950s and 1960s, and the lawsuit (and trial) between Margaret and Walter, after Margaret publicly reveals she is the real artist behind the paintings.

Trailer available on Youtube

 

 


Bessie (USA)bessieindex

The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and ’30s.

Made for TV production with Queen Latifah, and despite her fantastic performance, (as well as a great supporting cast) I was a little disappointed in the focus on the personal life tragedies of Bessie, and too little on the music.
QL can sing and I would have liked more on the music.