When doing research for a multi-million dollar film, especially one that’s based on a true story, you’d think Hollywood would do its research. Well, it seems that someone was asleep on the job over on the set of the new Hilary Swank film, Conviction, and family members of a murder victim portrayed in the film are lashing out.
The family is questioning the producers morals for not consulting the family on the movie’s depiction of their dead mother.
Well, isn’t this perfect timing? The movies opens tomorrow! It’s not like they can go do a re-shoot!
Conviction tells the story of how an uneducated, working mom (played by Swank) puts herself through law school, then uses DNA testing to get her brother freed from a life in prison.
The film is based on the real-life story of the 1980 murder of Katharina Brow, a mother of two who was found dead in her mobile home with more than 30 stab wounds.
Through their attorney Gloria Allred, Melrose Brow and Charlie Brow, the real-life daughter and son of Katharina Brow, said Swank and the film’s producers had a moral duty to meet them before or during the film’s production.
“Our family is being forced to relive the memory of a heinous crime,” Melrose Brow told reporters at a press conference in Allred’s Los Angeles office (via Reuters).
Apparenlty, the film’s producers, including Ms. Swank, never to contact the family to get their side of the story.
Conviction does not actually show a reenactment of the murder. Rather, it focuses more on Swank and her work with the Innocence Project, a non profit origination that works to free wrongly convicted prisoners.
The film opens tomorrow.
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