The new TV drama produced by Shine Australian productions, ‘Catching Milat’ aired in May, a ‘two series “dramatised story” of the killings, will inevitably generate a lot of interest and not a little controversy,’ states The Sydney Morning Herald, yet has journalism gone to far, in changing facts to documented facts in order to ‘get more views and attention?’
Serial killer Ivan Milat, the ‘backpack killer’ charged for seven gruesome deaths and allegedly more in 1996, still claiming his ‘innocence’ while rotting in ‘the maximum-security wing of Goulburn Prison, near Sydney’. The ‘Catching Milat’ series follows the history of Milat played by actor Mal Kennard, his family and the police led my Geoff Morrell cast as Clive Small, in tracking down the notorious killer.
‘There are many pitfalls in tackling a story that remains so raw and sensitive but, on the whole, Shine has done an excellent job navigating that fine line between powerful and engaging drama and risking being accused of exploitation,’ wrote Nick Galvin, The Sydney Morning Herald. Family and friends of those murdered, are distraught however, over the aired production, now part of many petitioning against the broadcast of the series. Darren Thompson, a friend of victim Caroline Clarke states ‘He should have nothing to live for … the ‘celebrity’ status does just the opposite. Have a heart and think about his relatives.’ and rightly so.
Channel 7 aired the series in the hope of dissecting through the myths related to Ivan Milat as well as Kennard stating theres a “great lack of information [Milat has never confessed] which only enhances the fear and curiosity.”
With Milat sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences and 6 years inprisonment for Paul Onions attack, the ‘Catching Milat’ series aired in may is a little too close to comfort for family members and friends of the countless victims.