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Casting JonBenet

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“a sleepy township that seems to hide as many weird, subterranean secrets as Lynch's Twin Peaks.”

Carmen Gray, Dazed and Confused

Award-winning Australian filmmaker Kitty Green (Ukraine is Not a Brothel) returns with a fascinating hybrid documentary that examines the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet and the town which was rocked by the shocking murder mystery. 

“People see all kinds of reflections of themselves in even the most outrageous tabloid stories," says director Kitty Green. "Maybe it’s the outsized emotions, the colourful characters, or our need to uncover the truth that bridges them and us, and makes disturbing behaviour explainable.”

To the award-winning filmmaker, these multiple points of view are deliciously cinematic, and one story in particular – the Christmas 1996 murder of child beauty pageant winner JonBenet Ramsey – has had a delirious echo in American culture. 

In Casting JonBenet, Green turns her vivid style of storytelling on this still-unsolved tragedy. By bringing in residents of the Boulder region to audition for roles in a film about the JonBenet case, Green gets inside a community’s thoughts and fears. The resulting film is a fascinating and original examination of how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behaviour of successive generations of parents and children.

Following the screening, join director Kitty Green in conversation with Matthew Bate (Sam Klemke's Time MachineShut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure).