When Women Kill
When Women Kill is the powerful story of two New Zealand women convicted of murder – Connie, who stabbed her live-in boyfriend, and Kim, who shot the friend who had been best man at her wedding.
We hear their own frank and often brutally honest accounts of what led to their violent crimes, the price they paid – and how they used their prison terms to turn their lives around.
It is also the story of a third woman, Ronda Bungay, who decided to write a book about why women kill…and in doing so helped the women to unlock their pasts, understand their crimes and allow themselves a future.
Refreshingly, the women do not cry ‘unfair’ and make excuses for their crimes. Far from it. But the documentary does provide some moving insights into the lengths to which women will go to protect their children – and how they end up losing the very children they set out to protect.
It also contains some telling points about the difference between prison sentences for men and women. For men it’s often a respite while their partners keep the family functioning on the outside. Whereas for women it probably means they lose their home, their belongings, their partner – and their children. Yet bars and barbed wire fences designed to keep men in prison, act for women as a defence from the outside world. Some women go to sleep in a prison feeling safe for the first time in their lives.
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Year of screening: 1999
Producer: John Harris
Thanks to: Condesa (Connie) Shaw & Kim Tawhai
Network exec: Geoff Steven
Principal director: Allison Webber
Additional directors: Tony Manson, John Milligan
Art director: Georgina Barrows
Art assistant: Kristina Simons
Researcher: Ronda Bungay – author of the book Scarecrows: Why Women Kill
Script consultants: Ronda Bungay, Ian Johnstone
Online editor: James Brackenbury
Offline editor: Sue Malcolmson
Production manager: Karren Woolly
Production assistants: Lucy Sanderson, Ara A’Court, Lucy Anderson, Emilie Stevenson
Runner: Rachelle De Bazin
Camera: David Paul, Bronwyn Williams
Sound: Craig Mullis, Paul Skelton
Narrator: Jeffrey Thomas
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: New Zealand on Air and TVNZ