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Re-enacting the Kitty Genovese murder

by Carrie Rentschler

In the style of horror and sci fi film-making for which Alex Proyas would become famous, this student film made during his first year in film school in Australia re-imagines and remakes the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder, placing viewers into the position of accomplice witnesses to the sexual assault and murder of a young woman, and also to the bystanders who witness the assault from their apartment windows.


This short student film by Alex Proyas and Salik Silverstein re-envisions the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder, offering a different explanation for the problem of witness nonintervention.

from Groping (1980)
Creator: Alex Proyas and Salik Silverstein
Distributor: Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Posted by Carrie Rentschler