Many expected The Devil’s Knot to be going for an Oscar run at the end of 2013, but it doesn’t arrive in US cinemas until May (no UK release date is currently set). The film is about the West Memphis 3, who were convicted of the murder of three young boys in Arkansas in the mid 90s. Even before they were convicted there were accusations of the investigation being bungled and the men being railroaded.
The youths were accused of murdering the boys in a Satanic ritual, with many suspecting they had just been caught up in a panic over Satanism that was sweeping the US (and other parts of the world) at the time, with the evidence made to fit what the prosecutors wanted it to, rather than what it did.
After years of campaigning, high-profile documentaries (particularly Paradise Lost and its sequel, which had a huge impact on the case), the three men were finally released – although it should be noted that it was part of a plea deal and they weren’t exonerated.
Colin Firth stars alongside the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Elia Koteas, Amy Ryan and Mireille Enos also star. Take a look at the new trailer.