Life after death row
Aussie actress Adelaide Clemens’ character forms a spiritual connection with a man who was jailed for murder in the acclaimed US series Rectify, writes Guy Davis
Nearly two decades after being convicted of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Daniel Holden is a free man.
New evidence has seen him liberated from death row and he’s been released into a world that is completely foreign to him – even if he is reunited with his family in the small town where he grew up.
Not everyone is pleased to see him return, though, and many are convinced Daniel is guilty.
As Daniel tries to adjust to the outside world, the shadows of the past make their presence felt, affecting the lives of everyone in powerful and unexpected ways.
The six- episode US drama Rectify, now airing on SBS One, successfully balances several different moods, gliding elegantly between piercing character study ( not only of Daniel
but the people around him) and intriguing whodunit ( for every hint Daniel is innocent, there’s another that raises a doubt).
Canadian- born Aden Young is stunning in the lead role as a man who withdrew into himself as a means of surviving time behind bars and is both eager to reconnect with life and tentative about doing so.
Clemens: ” Seeing Daniel freed from death row is almost like seeing someone given new life, almost like seeing Jesus rise again”
The people around Daniel are just as compelling, few more so than Tawney, his stepsister- in- law, played by Australian actress Adelaide Clemens.
The wife of Daniel’s stepbrother Ted, Tawney is a devout, compassionate Christian who believes the best way to bring Daniel back to life, so to speak, is by instilling in him her faith in God.
Daniel, however, won’t be easily converted and sharing his view of the world with Tawney has the young woman starting to see things in a different light. “Tawney’s
faith is a