While many of us – including me – bemoan having to fork out for 5-6 monthly subscriptions, it does mean that in a bit to outdo each other we get compelling show after compelling show.
Few series have the build-up as this forthcoming one, though, as the story that I Love You, Now Die explores is so grossly captivating.
In case you don’t know, in 2017 Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide over text message and phone calls.
What became known as the “texting suicide case” resulted in Carter’s conviction in June 2017, leading to a 15-month prison sentence starting in February 2019.
Even though Carter and Roy only met a few times, the pair shared over 60,000 text messages, with the case highlighting the dangers of modern day relationships with minimal real-life contact.
His death appeared to be suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication, but soon enough messages were found that incriminated Carter, with the inquiry later revealed that she had caused the death by instructing Roy to return to his truck which was filling with toxic gas, when he was having second thoughts.
We’ve had a glimpse of what the series will look like before, but now we’ve finally got a proper look. And it looks fascinating.
The trailer shows how the series will delve into the trial in which Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
“The film presents a well-rounded look at a bizarre tale that was a deadly convergence of mental illness, loneliness, pop culture and technology,” HBO said of the project.
Roy’s immediate family are set to be included in the documentary, as well as Carter’s defence attorney Joseph Cataldo, expert witness Dr. Peter Breggin, and the detectives and journalists who covered the case.
Speaking to Refinery29, film director Erin Lee Carr said she believes the story gained so much traction because of the “Cara Delevingne-looking girl” centre to it all.
She added that she hopes the case and film “generate a sense of awareness about how we treat others.
“So that when you do text somebody else, or you’re tweeting, we need to remember that somebody else is on the other side of that. I just think we have lost our way a bit when it comes to this.”
Though she appealed the charges, Carter was found guilty in August 2017, and was ordered to begin serving her jail sentence earlier this year.
Find out how it all went down went the doc premieres on July 9th at 8pm on HBO. For UK fans, expect it to land on one of the streaming services, or Sky Atlantic, in the very near future. I’m weirdly excited for this.
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