I don’t know what I’d have done without Netflix during the lockdown. From new talking points like Tiger King and The Last Dance, to older stuff I missed out on like Hannibal and Marianne, it’s kept me extremely entertained during this strange time. More than the other streaming networks, Netflix also manages to release new stuff almost every day, highlighting interesting titles to check out. And today, May 27th, is no different, as Netflix has just added three new movies and one docuseries that should get everyone talking.
The films are #FriendButMarried, an Indonesian movie from 2018 about a young man struggling to be with his soon-to-be-married crush; I’m No Longer Here, a Netflix exclusive about a lonely young immigrant struggling after the death of her brother; and 2011 Matthew McConaughey courtroom drama The Lincoln Lawyer, in which he plays a lawyer defending the rich who discovers his latest case might not be what it seems.
Cards on the table, none of those movies particularly interest me. But the Netflix Original limited series premiering today definitely does.
This is Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, a true crime documentary about the notorious child abuser who died in prison in extremely suspicious circumstances in August 2019. It’s based on James Patterson’s book Filthy Rich and is directed by Lisa Bryant. Having been in the works since early last year, it features interviews with many of Epstein’s victims, explaining how his sick crimes affected their lives.
The documentary goes on to reveal how Epstein’s abuse was just one facet of a sex trafficking ring and exposes many of the notable figures who associated with him. It naturally points fingers at disgraced British Royal Prince Andrew, but also President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and former head of Victoria’s Secret parent company Les Wexner.
If Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich does what it promises to, it should generate a substantial amount of headlines in the coming weeks. I know I’ll be tuning in.