Leonardo DiCaprio has a Midas Touch when it comes to films; despite what my good colleague Alfie Powell says (he absolutely loathes ‘The Revenant’) Leo literally never makes a bad film.
While I agree that his Oscar-winning role as Hugh Glass was nowhere near his best performance, movies such as Gangs of New York, Inception, Shutter Island, Titanic, The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street have cemented DiCaprio has one of Hollywood’s leading men.
Also, innhe gawjus?
But now the full-time environmentalist and super-model courter has turned his attention to producing, specifically, the infamous Jonestown massacre.
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle is the upcoming documentary detailing one of the most horrific events in American history, focusing on how cult leader Jim Jones and his notorious People’s Temple cult became responsible for the “mass suicide” of more than 900 people.
After the incident took place in 1978, it became known as “Jonestown” – the name of the cult’s settlement in Guyana – and, until the September 11th attacks in 2001, represented the largest number of American civilian casualties in a single non-natural event.
The new two-part documentary is based on investigative journalist Jeff Guinn’s book The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple and features both archival footage and new interviews from those affected by the incident.
It will also shed light on Jim Jones’ transformation from charismatic preacher and champion of civil rights to an egomaniacal cult leader who who led hundreds – including over 300 children – to commit suicide mostly by cyanide poisoning.
Check out the trailer below:
I’m not really into this kind of thing but I have to say this looks fascinating.
America’s SundanceTV will begin airing the show on Saturday, 17th November, with it concluding the following night.
Expect it to land over in the UK not long after; my guess is that Netflix will be its most likely landing spot.
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