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Casting JonBenet

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The truth about a murder is usually difficult to grasp. The question is: which is better, a documentary or a fictional approach? In Casting JonBenet director Kitty Green attempts to use both approaches at the same time. The unsolved death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has preoccupied the American public for twenty years. Under the pretext of searching suitable actors for a feature film about this mysterious case, Kitty Green invites everyone in the girl’s Colorado home town community who had contact with the Ramsey family. In screen tests the diverse protagonists reveal their version of the truth, which becomes increasingly complex as the film progresses. Filmed on a set, the film’s documentary sections are juxtaposed with carefully dramatised fictional scenes until the various portrayals would appear to form a single truth. Truth has many facets, and the fictional dramatisation of the real story displaces the memories. All is not what it would at first appear to be.

by
Kitty Green

USA / Australia 2017

English

Documentary form
81 min · Colour

Crew

Written and directed by
Kitty Green
Director of Photography
Michael Latham
Editor
Davis Coombe
Music
Nathan Larson
Sound Design
Sam Petty
Sound
David Schaaf
Production Design
Leah Popple
Costumes
Catharina Schürenberg
Make-up
Ming Min Luftig
Casting
Annie Hamilton, Brian McCulley
Assistant Director
Tom Farnsworth
Production Manager
Tara Hunter
Producers
Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus
Executive Producers
Jennifer Dong, Figo Li, Avy Eschenasy, Adam Del Deo, Jihan Robinson, Lisa Nishimura
Co-producer
Mitch Dickman
Co-production
Listen Productions, Denver

Biography

Kitty Green

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1984, she studied film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a director, editor and cinematographer who won the AACTA award for Best Australian Feature Documentary with Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, a documentary about the Femen feminist movement which screened at over 50 international festivals including Venice. Her short film The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul won Best Non-Fiction Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival and screened in the Berlinale Generation section in 2015.

Filmography

2013 Ukraine Is Not A Brothel 2015 The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul; IFB Generation 2017 Casting JonBenet

Produced by

Matricide Pictures
Melbourne, Australia

Forensic Films
New York, USA

Symbolic Exchange
New York, USA