2017 | Feature Documentary | 81 mins
DIRECTOR: Matthew Sleeth
PRODUCER: Maggie Miles
SCREENWRITERS: Matthew Bate, Matthew Sleeth, Maggie Miles
Portrait of an execution.
Guilty is a visceral portrait of convicted drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran, who became an accomplished artist during his ten years in an Indonesian prison. In April 2015, Myuran was executed by firing squad alongside seven other prisoners, including fellow Bali Nine inmate Andrew Chan. Highlighting the last 72 hours of Myuran’s life and the paintings he created during that time, the film blends narrative sequences with archival and documentary material in a story about grief, art and redemption. As the machinery of death moves Myuran towards his execution – the signing of his own death warrant, saying goodbye to his family and facing the 12 marksmen who will end his life – the clinical brutality of capital punishment is contrasted with the optimism of Myuran’s painting on death row.
Funding Partners: ADL Film Fest Fund, ABC Arts, Screen Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Good Pitch Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finanace.