Saturday, October 27, 2018

Two feature films about Matthew Shepard

On the day after Matthew Shepard was interred at Washington National Cathedral, it’s well to note a film about his story, Tim Hunter’s “Anatomy of a Hate Crime” (2001), from Team Entertainment and MTV.  It is written by Max Ember.

Cy Carter plays Matthew, who was charismatic and yet perhaps naïve and innocent at the same time. I remember how that comes through the performance when I saw it while living in Minneapolis in 2001. The two assailants are played by Brendan Fletcher and Ian Somerhalder. Yet, Matthew could have been taken in.

In 2002 there was a second TV film from Canadian TV and shown on NBC, simply “The Matthew Shepard Story”, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with Shane Meier as Matthew and Stockard Channing as his mother.

See also "Matthew Shepard Was a Friend of Mine", Oct. 3, 2014. 

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