Sunday, June 7, 2009

Something Very Different

It's that time of the year. You can either watch reruns or reruns.
But take some time and you'll spot new shows on TV that offer something completely different. One of these is the Saskatchewan-made documentary  miniseries In Justice.
Now this one is completely unusual. It looks at legal cases in a new light. Obviously made for a nickel and a dime, it doesn't dramatize events (too costly) but presents them as a series of striking drawings. First up there's the strange case of a jailed man who became the only inmate ever to be killed by somebody outside the reformatory walls.
In another a perennial alcoholic is revived and goes on a rampage of killing three innocent people six months later.
Rich in irony, scrupulously researched, the half hours fairly whizz by. Made by Regina's Dacian Productions, it lets us see Canadian perspectives from another part of the country besides Toronto. 
The first one was directed by Jarrett Rusnak, written by Karin Martel, showing how ingenuity can compensate for a low budget. Rusnak also produced the series. The premiere is on Monday June 8 at 6:30 and Thursdays at 10:30 on documentary.

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