A+E Networks UK has commissioned London-based indie Woodcut Media to produce the one-off special Holloway: Women Behind Bars (pictured) for the net’s Crime + Investigation (CI) channel.
The hour-long film is to follow leading criminologist David Wilson as he examines the story behind HM Prison Holloway, a closed category prison for adult women and young offenders that is scheduled to close this summer. Through archive footage, reenactments and expert views, the documentary explores the prison’s 165-year history, from its origins as a mixed prison for petty criminals and its transformation over time.
The doc will also recount the criminal history of the penitentiary’s most prolific inmates, including Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, Victorian-age infant murderers; Emmeline Pankhurst and Diana Mitford, who were imprisoned for their roles with the Women’s Social and Political Union and the British Union of Fascists, respectively; serial killers Myra Hindley and Rose West; and criminals Maxine Carr and Vanessa George.
Keshet International will present the film to buyers at next week’s MIPTV market in Cannes following the recently inked distribution and development deal signed between Woodcut and the Israeli producer-distributor.
Holloway: Women Behind Bars is slated to premiere this summer on A+E Networks UK’s CI channel.