Amazon’s new documentary series Lorena will premiere this February, following a premiere at Sundance.
The four-part show, executive produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out), was ordered by Amazon Prime Video last year, promising to take a new look at Lorena Bobbitt’s infamous story from her perspective.
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life), Lorena reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded the event. The series provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena and exposes how the case laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage. Lost in tabloid coverage and late-night talk show jokes, the Bobbitt story was a missed opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America. Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of the infamous American scandal.
Lorena is executive produced by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld (BlacKKKlansman) for Monkeypaw; Steven J. Berger (Lost Holiday) and Joshua Rofé for Number 19; Tom Lesinski (Mr. Mercedes) and Jenna Santoianni (Taboo) for Sonar; and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.
It will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday 29th January, and will then be released worldwide on Prime Video on Friday 15th February. Here’s the trailer:
Amazon orders Lorena Bobbitt docuseries from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw
6th April 2018
Jordan Peele will executive produce a new documentary series about Lorena Bobbitt for Amazon Prime Video.
Lorena, produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment, will take a new look at Lorena Bobbitt’s infamous story from her perspective. Directed by Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life), the four-part documentary reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of Bobbitt and John Wayne and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event. Lorena provides a fresh account of how it laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.
25 years later, Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of the infamous scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.
“Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project. Lorena reframes Lorena Bobbitt’s story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong,” says Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals.
“Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment. Often, there’s profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena’s,” adds Rofé.
“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle. With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it,” comments Peele.
Lorena is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofé and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.
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