The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

Series 1 - Episode 3

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Review

What has emerged as a thorough and fascinating, even exhaustive, documentary series, arrives at Oscar Pistorius’s 2014 trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The “beautiful symmetry”’, as one observer calls it, of the decision to appoint a black judge, Thokozile Masipa, to sit in judgement on a white man, was lost on no one (there was no jury).

But the decision to allow most of the hearing to be broadcast on television created a noisy backdrop. There was even a channel devoted to the hearing, and every day, as we see from footage, witnesses and Pistorius himself, were mobbed.

Journalists, family members and friends from both sides remember this most extraordinary trial.

Summary

A judge is appointed to decide the outcome of the trial rather than a jury, with the task falling to Thokozile Masipa, a highly respected scholar who grew up in the Soweto Township as a child of Apartheid. Despite the dignity with which she attempts to conduct the trial, no-one can stop it from becoming a televised tabloid circus as testimonies provide a shocking insight into Pistorius' character.

Cast & Crew

Director Daniel Gordon
Producer John Battsek
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