The movie ‘Conviction’, executive produced by and starring Hilary Swank, opens today in theatres everywhere. The movie tells the true story of Kenneth Waters who was convicted of murdering diner waitress Katharina Brow. But according to Fox News, Brow’s family is upset with Swank and her associates for not contacted them throughout the creation of the film.
Brow’s children, Melrose and Charlie held a press conference along with their attorney Gloria Allred in which Allred stated;
“We believe that a proper respect for the murder victim’s family should have been shown… That could have been demonstrated by the film’s representatives contacting the family to learn how they felt about the making of a film which would remind them of the terrible pain and suffering that they endured because of the loss of their mother.”
As a result, the producers of the film have agreed to hold a private screening for Katharina Brow’s family;
“We have the deepest compassion and sympathy for the family of Katharina Brow,” said the statement. “(The screening) will no doubt answer many of their questions surrounding the unthinkable and horrific tragedy that befell their mother.”
The film actually tells the story of Kenneth Water’s sister, who worked to earn her law degree after her brother’s conviction and eventually ended up getting his conviction overturned. But the family of Brow still wanted to be consulted given that their mother’s death was crime that Water’s was convicted of.
Melrose Brow said “We are not Hollywood people like you are. We are just children of a murder victim. Nevertheless, we believe that victims matter. My mother was not just a name, and was not and is not a person who should be used as a line in a script or just a way to make a profit for the entertainment industry.”
I am happy to see that the studio did right by the Brow family. ‘Conviction’ opens in theatres everywhere today – will you go see it?
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