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MUSIC AND MURDER

Australia, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Australian Showcase)

Director: Michael Cordell

Music and Murder follows the story of three ostensibly ordinary men who, we discover, have been incarcerated for horrific murders. Whilst in prison, they have each become accomplished musicians. As they reveal themselves through their life stories and in song, the film examines their musical expression as a crucial component of their re-socialisation process.

With incredible access to its three subjects, Tom, Dick and Harry, this film displays distinctive musical styles, reveals their unique stages of self-awareness and introspection, and foreshadows three different outcomes.

Music and Murder is a provocative story about remorse, rehabilitation and redemption, and goes to the heart of our notions of imprisonment and correction. Five years in the making, this compelling film culminates in a shocking event that underpins the complexity of these issues. It highlights the fundamental difficulties faced by those who must decide whether a murderer has been rehabilitated.

Using the songs and stories of three fascinating personalities, Music and Murder confronts the audience with a question: When is it safe to release a murderer?

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