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HBO slates two-part doc about murder of journalist Kim Wall

HBO will debut the two-part documentary Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall on March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with both episodes airing back-to-back. It will also be available to ...
March 2, 2022

HBO will debut the two-part documentary Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall on March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with both episodes airing back-to-back. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

Directed by Emmy–nominated filmmaker Erin Lee Carr (At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal), the documentary tells the story of Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who went missing in 2017 and was last seen shortly before going to interview Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen on his self-made submarine off Denmark. Madsen changed his story numerous times after Wall’s disappearance, first stating that he’d dropped her off safely, then saying she died in an accident on the vessel and admitting to “burying” her at sea. Ultimately, the police investigation determined that Wall was murdered on the submarine.

The first part of Undercurrent focuses on the investigation into Wall’s disappearance, which soon becomes a murder probe. Part two looks at the legal fallout from the case and profiles Madsen, a minor celebrity in Denmark, who was found guilty of all charges in April 2018 and was sentenced to life in prison. The two-part documentary combines testimony from the trial with expert opinion, never-before-heard audio from Madsen, and new interviews with those who knew Wall and Madsen.

Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of an Anchor Production, in association with Anonymous Content and Abstract Productions. Dani Sloane is the supervising producer, with Ethan Goldman, Fred Grinstein, Andrew Rossi, Nicole Romano and Corey Rogers serving as executive producers. Sara Rodriguez is the senior producer for HBO, with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive producing for the network.

In other HBO documentary news, the premium pay channel abruptly pulled its planned March 1 premiere of its documentary on Curb Your Enthusiasm star and creator Larry David late on February 28. First announced in mid-February, the doc was produced by Herzog & Company and directed and exec produced by Larry Charles. The “postponement” of the doc was announced by HBO Documentaries via its Twitter feed, but no information of a rescheduled date was provided — merely a note that the doc’s subject “decided he wants to do it in front of an audience.”

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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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