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

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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

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