Renee Chignell was only 18 years old when she was charged with the murder of cricket umpire Peter Plumley-Walker, and barely kept out of the news for two whole years until she was finally acquitted after three High Court trials, an appeal, a trail of secret witnesses and discredited evidence.
Mistress, Mercy weaves scripted drama with archive footage and interviews into a detailed exposé of the most sensational trial New Zealand had ever seen. Based on an exclusive on-screen interview with Renee herself, this big budget telefeature gives a first-hand account of her short lived career in bondage and discipline, how her new client’s body was thrown into Huka Falls, and how unreliable evidence and undercover testimonies built the case against her.
Cast: Manon Blackman, Xavier Horan, Edwin Wright
Director: Mike Smith
Producer: Gary Scott
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