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MIPTV Picks 2012: Brother Number One

In 1978, New Zealand yacht enthusiast Kerry Hamill and two other men had anchored their yacht, the Foxy Lady, at Koh Tang Island to shelter from a storm. With Englishman John Dewhirst, Hamill was seized by the Khmer Rouge, tortured for two years, and then executed. This film traces the efforts of his younger brother to seek justice.
March 24, 2012

In 1978, New Zealand yacht enthusiast Kerry Hamill and two other men had anchored their yacht, the Foxy Lady, at Koh Tang Island to shelter from a storm. With Englishman John Dewhirst, Hamill was seized by the Khmer Rouge, tortured for two years, and then executed after signing “confessions” under duress (Canadian Stuart Glass was shot when the boat was taken). This film traces the efforts of younger brother and Olympic rowing champion Rob Hamill as he travels to Cambodia to seek justice for his brother and to better understand the conditions that led to the murderous reign of Pol Pot. His journey not only brings him face to face with the man who gave the final order for his brother’s execution, but also with his own conflicted feelings of anger and the need to forgive.

Partners: BNO Productions and Pan Pacific Films; distributed by Cargo Film & Releasing

Length: 1 x 99 minutes or 1 x 56 minutes

Airing: 2012 (TV3/Mediaworks, NZ)

Rights available: All rights in all media excluding New Zealand

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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