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Last November, the first trailer was released for Atom Egoyan’s new homicide drama Devil’s Knot, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in a dramatic retelling of the story of the West Memphis Three.
It’s an emotive tale: three young men (played by James Hamrick, Seth Meriwether and Kristopher Higgins).in 1993 were convicted of the murder of three eight-year-old cub scouts, in what was widely reported at the time to have been a satanic ritual. Subsequently private investigators were able to pull apart the original prosecution case, but the presiding judge in their appeal, who freed them after 17 years in prison, did not overturn their convictions so they are not entitled to any form of compensation.
There have been four documentaries made about this case: Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost series, and Amy Berg’s West of Memphis, but this is the first dramatization. Reese plays the mother of one of the cub scouts, and Colin a private investigator trying to discern fact from fiction in a scared and angry community.
Now the film has been given a U.S. release date of May 9, and a second, longer trailer has been released:
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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