Keshet International, the global content producer and distributor, has closed two key deals for the 3x60’ true crime documentary series My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius – around the tenth anniversary of her death and Oscar Pistorius’ return to court to request early parole.
In the UK, Keshet International has licensed the linear and SVOD rights for this three-part docuseries, described as “an emotionally charged tribute to Reeva” by SA’s Sunday Independent, to Channel 4. My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius can be streamed now on Channel 4’s streaming service, All 4. Keshet International has also sold the broadcast and streaming rights to SBS in Australia, where the docuseries will premiere from April 17th. Talks are ongoing with other potential broadcast partners.
Kelly Wright, Keshet International’s MD of Distribution, says: “My Name is Reeva is a sensitively told three-part series produced by an international team of talented creatives. We are pleased to have enabled this important docuseries to find a home with Channel 4 in the UK and SBS in Australia, where I’m sure audiences will be as moved as I was to see the impact of the victim-offender dialogue on Reeva’s ageing parents and their on-going quest for justice.”
Ten years on, Reeva's senseless and brutal murder is still deeply embedded in the minds of millions across the globe, with the 10-year anniversary of her death and news of Oscar Pistorius’ parole hearings still generating international press headlines.
On March 31st, 2023, Pistorius returned to South African courts to request early parole, having completed the required restorative justice victim offender dialogue (VOD) with Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp - an emotional journey that was too much for her mother June to endure in person, as charted in the 3-part docuseries. Pistorius’s request was denied. To this day, Pistorius (AKA the Bladerunner) maintains he mistook his girlfriend Reeva for an intruder on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot her four times. Without an admission of guilt, Barry and June Steenkamp continue to strongly oppose Pistorius’ early release.
Barry Steenkamp said last month, when speaking to the Daily Mail on the 10th-anniversary of Reeva’s death: “After all these years we are still waiting for him to admit he did it in anger. That is all we wanted. If he told me the truth, he would have been a free man by now and I would have let the law take its course over his parole. But I was wasting my time. He is a murderer. He should remain in jail.”
Produced by WB Productions in partnership with Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group, My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius tells the true and intimate story of Reeva Steenkamp’s life and her murder at the hands of her then-boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. With the full endorsement of Barry and June Steenkamp, this moving docuseries gives life to Reeva’s existence through intimate interviews with both her parents as well as close friends and family, showing that a beautiful, intelligent, and beloved woman was taken in the prime of her life.
My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius also features an in-depth analysis of what happened that fateful night, presenting new evidence and theories not previously disclosed in court. In addition, viewers will be also confronted with the long-term impact of Reeva’s death on those who loved her most - including her parents, who prepare to meet Pistorius face-to-face for the first time since being convicted of her murder, as part of the necessary VOD process - an integral part of South Africa’s restorative justice program.
Produced by David Taylor, My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius is directed by Warren Batchelor (204: Getting Away with Murder), while the script was written by SAFTA-winner Justin Strydom (Isidingo, High Rollers).
My Name is Reeva: I Was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius is the latest addition to Keshet International’s true crime slate of documentaries, which also include seven 20x60’ seasons of Woodcut Media’s World’s Most Evil Killers and Flicker Productions’ 10x60' Prison Girls: Life Inside.