The domination of true crime continues. Stan is jumping on the bandwagon and bringing the controversial series, Catching Milat, to Australian audiences in April.
The two-part miniseries originally aired on Australian free-to-air TV in 2015 and stirred up many differing opinions. The series will be re-released on Stan on April 18 for your streaming pleasures.
The miniseries details the very real crimes committed by Ivan Milat but is based upon the book Sins of the Brother by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy. The series also, loosely, follows the true story of how NSW police and detectives under “Task Force Air” tracked and caught the backpacker serial killer.
The televised recount sees actors Malcolm Kennard as Milat, Geoff Morrell as Superintendent Clive Small and Richard Cawthorne as Detective Paul Gordon.
Clive Small (the real guy, fyi), who was the investigation teams lead for “Task Force Air”, originally criticised the series by stating that it was marginally fictional.
When the series first aired, families of the victims started a petition to have the show removed from public viewing. The petition stated that the victims’ families shouldn’t have to relive the pain caused by Australia’s worst serial killer. Catching Milat was then released on DVD, with longer episodes than what was originally showed on Channel 7.
Milat was found guilty of murdering seven (though it is speculated that the number is larger) backpackers, whose bodies were found in Belanglo State Forest between 1989 and 1993. Five of his victims were visitors to Australia and two were from Melbourne. Milat was convicted in 1996 and is currently serving seven consecutive life sentences at Goulburn Correctional Centre.
Earlier this month, Casefile announced they would be releasing a five-part special all about the notorious backpacker murderer.
Will you be tuning into Stan to watch Catching Milat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.