With “Serial” and “The Jinx” proving the power of investigative reporting, and real-world tensions between citizens and police at an all-time high, the timing of Netflix’s first true crime docu-series couldn’t be better. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos explore a decades-long dual investigation into the life of Wisconsin resident Steven Avery, who was first convicted of sexual assault before being set free on DNA evidence and then arrested soon after for murder.
The series uses archival footage and interviews to explore the case like never before, and the pulse-pounding trailer above promises intrigue, anger and compassion a plenty. “Making a Murderer” made its worldwide debut at the DOC NYC festival in November, receiving raves from critics like Indiewire’s own Eric Kohn. Kohn called it “the documentary event of the fall,” praising its “fascinating” qualities and labeling it the “ultimate counter-programming to ‘Star Wars.'”
“Making a Murderer” debuts on Netflix Friday, December 18. Watch the trailer above, and read Kohn’s review below.