Benny has his hands full in the season finale. Season 4 SABC3 (*193) 21:00 Drama
After a season playing dangerous catand-mouse games in Hard Copy (2005current), The Bulletin’s editor Benny Jacobs (Jodie Abrahams) will be fighting off accusations in the finale tonight that he’s the serial killer known as The Reader. Hard Copy’s writer-director Tim Greene gives some insight into Benny’s tricky struggle with the truth…
Why does this season hinge on a serial killer? I wanted to paint a portrait of a serial killer who perceived himself as a victim. When the true reason for his killings are revealed, the audience will begin to understand why he did what he did. I also wanted a character who could be tied to the paper so that the archive of old print papers becomes a piece of the puzzle. Was there a real-life inspiration for the story? His motivation does go directly back to a very specific chapter of South African history that has been largely swept under the carpet. Why do the cops accuse Benny of being the killer? Benny is playing a dangerous game when he re-creates the serial killer’s message. The killer’s psyche profile matches Benny’s character type to a tee. How does Benny’s career defending the truth tie into this? When the killer reveals himself, he makes no bones about what he’s done, so Benny doesn’t have to convince anyone it’s not him. But Benny will discover the massive responsibility that comes with publishing a paper and righting wrongs that the paper’s made. What do you think of the term “post truth”– the observation the emotional weight of an a statement can be used to make audiences ignore whether or not it has any basis in fact? I am utterly terrified by it. We’re living in an age where facts and opinion seem to receive equal weighting. I have no idea how we’re going to fix it.