A Channel 4 documentary highlighting Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s notorious court docket case will likely be proven this weekend. Depp vs Heard is a three-part documentary by BAFTA-nominated Emma Cooper which seems on the trial from final 12 months wherein Depp sued ex-wife Heard for defamation. The collection additionally examines how social media impacted the case and appears at most of the moments of the trial that had such a huge impact on public opinion on the time.
The court docket battle, wherein each Depp and Heard accused one another of home abuse, grew to become a world media occasion and was referred to as “the primary TikTok trial”. It raised points referring to violence, gender, and the best way justice, in an period of post-truth, can turn out to be memefied.
The collection, which is co-produced by Empress Movies and Bitachon365, presents Depp and Heard’s testimonies aspect by aspect, utilizing a mix of courtroom footage, information sources, present interviews, and Consumer Generated Content material from varied social media platforms to supply viewers with an in-depth take a look at the trial.
Johnny Depp. CREDIT: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Photos
Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation after an op-ed she wrote within the Washington Put up in 2018, wherein she revealed that she was a survivor of home violence.
On the trial’s conclusion, it was decided that Heard must pay Depp $10million (£8.4m) in compensatory damages and $5million (£4.2m) in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2million (£1.6m) after the jury discovered that Depp had defamed her by means of his legal professional.
Outdoors the court docket, Heard stated: “The frustration I really feel right now is past phrases… I’m much more disenchanted with what this verdict means for different ladies.” Depp acknowledged: “False, very severe and legal allegations had been levied at me through the media, which triggered an infinite barrage of hateful content material, though no fees had been ever introduced towards me… And 6 years later, the jury gave me my life again. I’m really humbled.”
Depp vs Heard’s first episode will air on Channel 4 on Sunday, Might 21 at 9pm, whereas the next episodes will likely be aired on Monday, Might 22 at 10pm, and Tuesday, Might 23 at 10pm.