The Nine Network will telecast an explosive two-part documentary revealing the factual and intimate detail of the arrest, trial and jailing of Schapelle Corby for drug trafficking in Bali.
Nine Chief Executive Officer David Gyngell announced today the outstanding documentary would air in two parts at 8.30pm this Sunday June 22, and on Tuesday, June 24.
Mr Gyngell said Schapelle Corby – The Hidden Truth was the definitive work on the Corby saga, the most publicised and debated event involving any Australian in recent memory.
“This is riveting, must-see television,” he said.
“It’s a fly-on-the-wall, warts-and-all account of what actually happened at every step of the Schapelle Corby story, caught on camera by award-winning independent documentary producer, Janine Hosking, over three and a half years of painstaking filming and research. The result is the most powerful, and emotional observational documentary I have ever seen.
“Forget what you’ve seen, read and heard about the Corby story – and take up an extraordinary eye witness vantage point for the first time, from which you can make your own informed judgment. This film will challenge, indeed explode, all sorts of myths and beliefs the public has held until now.
“This is an indisputably true story filled not only with great courage and rollercoaster emotions but with amazing revelations of lies, rivalries, bribery, deceit, backstabbing and imploding relationships of key players. To describe it as an eye-opener would be a massive understatement.”
Mr Gyngell said the towering strength of Janine Hosking’s film was her unprecedented access to every major participant in the Corby story. From countless hours of filming with Schapelle herself on hidden camera in her Bali jail cell, through the most intimate and personal on-camera access to her whole family throughout the struggle for her freedom, to the extraordinary inner workings of her defence team, and exclusive access to critical players in the drama who’ve never spoken publicly before now. These include the Customs officer who intercepted her boogie bag; the mysterious drug-cultivating neighbour of Mick Corby, Schapelle’s late father; the star witness at trial; the convicted Australian drug trafficker who visited Corby in jail; the Qantas baggage handler; Mercedes Corby’s Indonesian husband; Schapelle Corby’s father, brother and two half brothers …and more .
“By any standard, this is compelling viewing. I rate it alongside Underbelly as one of the finest pieces of television Australia has produced. The difference is of course that Underbelly was a drama series based on fact. This is fact, plain and simple. Produced in the style of Australian Story, totally non-partisan and relying exclusively on the real-life cast.
“In its making Janine Hosking has neither sought nor extended any favour to anyone. Her sole undertaking to the Corby family was not to release her documentary publicly until Schapelle’s case was determined, and all avenues for appeal exhausted.
“The pay off for Janine, and now for a wide Australian audience, is that her real-life documentary cast at all times tell it like it is,” Mr Gyngell said.
Janine Hosking said she was thrilled the Nine Network was telecasting her documentary.
“This is an epic story which deserves to be told, and Nine has provided that opportunity. Its taken more than three years of my life to compile and produce and I am delighted that the Australian public will now get to see it in its compelling and complete form.”
SCHAPELLE CORBY – THE HIDDEN TRUTH
Exclusive premiere special on Channel Nine
Sunday June 22, 8.30pm
Continues Tuesday June 24, 8.30pm