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AIRDATE: Five-part documentary series OJ Simpson: Made in America

ProgrammingKevin Perry

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The most televised criminal trial in American history will premiere as five-part documentary series OJ Simpson: Made in America, from Monday, 21 November at 8.30pm on SBS.

The documentary aired earlier this year on ESPN and is now getting its Australian Free to Air premiere.

Two decades after its unforgettable climax, Caroline Waterlow and Ezra Edelmen, the award-winning producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30 delve deep into a tantalising saga: one of race, celebrity, media, violence and the criminal justice system to revisit – and redefine – a cultural tale of modern America.

Beginning with turbulent 1960s Los Angeles, where a young OJ ‘The Juice’ Simpson rises to football fame in a white mainstream, the series revisits America’s long history between the African American community and police, the 1990s riots, and the media circus following the arrest of Simpson.

This five-part series draws on more than 70 interviews: from long-time friends and colleagues of Simpson, to the recognisable protagonists of the murder investigation, and observers and commentators with distinct connections to the story.

OJ Simpson: Made in America will air on Mondays every week from 21 November at 8.30pm on SBS.


About the Producers

Ezra Edelman is a documentary director and producer. His work includes: Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals; Cutie and the Boxer.

Caroline Waterlow is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has worked in documentaries for over 15 years. Her work includes: Cutie and the Boxer; Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon; The Weight of a Nation; Teddy: In His Own Words.

International Screenings and Awards

Official Selection for 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection for 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection for 2016 Hot Docs
Nominee for 2016 International Documentary Award