The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

You want a difficult show to write or read about then The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is it. So much of the enjoyment of this is the twists and turns that come along the way. If you’ve ever seen the movie All Good Things or you’ve ever heard the name Robert Durst then at least a small part of the tension will be gone.

How to frame the show then. Well it’s a documentary made by director Andrew Jarecki, responsible for the movie based on Durst’s first brush with death. The director himself is inserted into the story by the end of the six episodes, as the story becomes more and more like the sequel to his movie that kicked off the TV show. As far as documentaries go this is so far removed from the standard Channel 5 serial killer of the week documentary it’s hard to believe they’re the same kind of show. The reason for that is twofold: the story of Robert Durst is fascinating and Hollywood-esque; and Jarecki has delivered it in a Hollywood movie style.

The story itself consists of disappearance, murder, court room drama, family’s at war, and a deeply unsettling central character. Watching the show reveals layer after layer to the story. Some of the real life characters aren’t portrayed with great sympathy, mainly by themselves, and the narrative that Jarecki and his team have produced builds from an intriguing start to an unbelievable and genuinely shocking final scene that continues the story into real life and the newspaper. Spoiler warning though, don’t read up on this before you’ve watched.

This is documentary making at its most incendiary. Go binge now on Sky On Demand.

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