Ro­man Polan­ski: Odd Man Out

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC2 Back in 1977, Sa­man­tha Geimer, then 13, was drugged and raped by film di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski, who’d con­vinced her mother to let him pho­to­graph the teenager for Paris Vogue. When charged he pleaded guilty but fled to Europe be­fore be­ing sen­tenced. A doc­u­men­tary by Ma­rina Zen­ovich high­light­ing mis­con­duct by the trial judge and prose­cu­tor won an award in 2008 and Polan­ski went to Switzer­land to be hon­oured at the Zurich Film Fes­ti­val, but he was ar­rested at the air­port. This is Zen­ovich’s take on what hap­pened dur­ing the next nine months while the Swiss au­thor­i­ties de­cided whether to ex­tra­dite Polan­ski to the US. It in­cludes an in­ter­view with Geimer, who clearly wishes ev­ery­one would back off and move on.

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