Bafta award-winning director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough, George Best: All By Himself) and producer John Battsek (Searching For Sugar Man and One Day In September) have teamed up for riveting BBC documentary, The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.
The four-part series tells the story of the ‘Blade Runner’, the South African Paralympic star who inspired millions with his sporting achievements until Valentine’s Day 2013, when he was accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
More than a dozen of those closest to the story, including Reeva’s close friend, Kim Myers and her mother, Desi Myers, help recount Pistorius’s subsequent fall from grace and conviction.
According to Pistorius, the event was a tragic accident, but his troubled past and questionable testimony cast doubt on his innocence.
Gordon says: “The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender-based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy. My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”
The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius comes to BBC iPlayer on Saturday 7 November and will be broadcast on BBC Two at a later date.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.