THE STAIRCASE, a 13-instalment true crime documentary currently available on Netflix, is truly one of the best of its kind that I've watched (better even than EVIL GENIUS). It's simple in structure, following a murder trial in depth for almost 20 years, and yet the level of detail and insight it goes into is unheralded. A French film crew are granted incredible warts-and-all access to the defendant and his family, following them through highs and lows, twists and turns, as things build to an unforeseen climax. This documentary is completely engrossing, and never less than shocking, moving and thought-provoking. David Rudolf, the defence lawyer, lights up the screen whenever he appears and the whole thing is just brilliantly conceived and achieved. I can't recommend it more.
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