It’s been nine years since the senseless and brutál déath of Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of her then-boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, and it is a kílling that is still deeply embedded in the minds of millions across the globe.
With August being Reeva’s birthday month, M-Net will premiere My Name is Reeva, an emotive and sensitively told three-part documentary series based on the life of Reeva and the events which led to her shocking dèath on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Part 1 of My Name is Reeva will premiere on M-Net on Thursday 25 August at 20:30 CAT; part 2 will be scheduled on Thursday 1 September and Part 3 on Thursday 8 September at 20:30 CAT.
M-Net has acquired the rights to the documentary (which they will broadcast across Africa) made by WB Productions in partnership with Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group. Two-time SAFTA-nominated director, producer and writer, Warren Batchelor of WB Productions directed the true crimé docuseries, produced by David Taylor while the script was written by SAFTA winner Justin Strydom.
The docuseries gives life to Reeva Steenkamp’s existence through intimate interviews with her parents as well as close friends and family, showing that a beautiful, intelligent, and beloved woman was taken in the prime of her life. It presents viewers with an in-depth analysis of what happened that fateful night; and tells of the effect of Reeva’s déath had on those who loved her most.
Her parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, say: “We fully endorse Warren and his team to bring out the truth in this documentary and show the world who Reeva really was.”
Echoing this are Cactus Tree Entertainment’s co-presidents, Benn Watson and Liz Levenson: “Too often, and especially in this case, the víctims of crimès are overlooked. Along with our amazing production partners and the Steenkamp family, we are honoured to be able to bring this story to screen.”
Jan du Plessis, Director of Content from M-Net, says: “M-Net thanks Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group for highlighting this project to us. Our channel mission is to broadcast programmes of the highest personal interest and best production quality. We are sure that My Name is Reeva will bring many viewers to understand the vital full story of a major South African life event.”
Jo Dillon, CEO from Global City Group, adds: “We thank fellow Australian, Benn, and his partner Liz for putting together this amazing global group project to tell the true and intimate story of one of the most notorious and shocking murdérs.”
While millions followed the ins and outs of the trial and its aftermath, the woman at the centre of it all, Reeva, has been almost forgotten. Now, just seven years after his conviction for murder, former Paralympian Pistorius could be eligible to be considered for parole, news that generated a media storm, not least because of the Víctim Offender Dialogue process that will ultimately bring him face to face with the parents of his víctim.
As Barry and June seek justice for their daughter and having agreed to an audience with Pistorius ahead of the parole hearing, they want answers: why did this senseless murder happen at all?
My Name is Reeva attempts to answer this question, but more importantly, it tells the true story of Reeva Steenkamp: her triumphs in the face of adversity, her fullness, her beauty and her humanness, from the lens of those who loved her most.