8:30pm – Sunday, June 10 on ABC2
Sunday nights on ABC2 is the home of Sunday Best, an outstanding collection of game-changing and thought-provoking feature length documentaries. We’ve done the work to bring you the best must-see intelligent docos that are just 2 good to miss.
Put on your Sunday Best…
University student Steve James (Hoop Dreams) became a ‘Big Brother’ to Stevie Fielding, a difficult, hyperactive kid, living a sad and troubled life in a rural community in Illinois. Stevie had been born illegitimately to an unknown father and a mother who never wanted him, beat him ‘black and blue’ as an infant, and then gave him to his new step-grandmother to raise.
James ended formal ‘Big Brother’ duties with Stevie in 1985 when he moved to Chicago and despite feeling he should stay in touch, lost complete contact.
Ten years later James reconnects with Stevie and, with his permission, begins a film about him – a search to discover what had happened to Stevie over the past ten years and an attempt to understand the forces that had shaped his life. James also wants to atone for the guilt he feels over having left him and for failing to reach him while his Big Brother.
Now a balding, scruffy 24 year old, the frustration and sadness of Stevie’s youth has given way to the rage of an impulsive man who has been arrested nearly a dozen times and is about to go to trial for a serious sexual abuse offence.