LANDSCAPERS MINISERIES REVIEW
In 2014 Susan & Christopher Edwards were convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison. To this day, they maintain their innocence. Landscapers is the dramatized retelling of their story. The couple killed Susan’s parents and buried them in the rear garden of the elderly couple’s home. They then set about concealing both the deaths and the burials for the next 15 years, taking all their money and fleeing to France, until Christopher let slip what they’d done, and the investigation began with the pair telling their version of the events. But the story that Susan and Christopher have concocted is a fantasy, and that is exactly how Landscapers presents it. This isn’t just a true crime miniseries or a standard biopic. Set pieces move during interrogation. Entire scenes play out as classic Gary Cooper western films. We see a version in near typical crime procedural fashion, and then we see it again in glorious, classic cinematic stylings. But what is the truth? Jordan, Chad, and T.C. discuss the twisted tale of the murdering duo with a penchant for the audacious. But are they unrepentant liars? Are they cold blooded killers who, with forethought and malice, jointly agreed to murder and conceal the bodies of Susan’s parents? Or are they as innocent as they fervently claim? With the twists and turns in this miniseries, anything is possible. Hell, maybe Gerard Depardieu is the hero in the end.
DIRECTED BY: Will Sharpe
STARRING: Olivia Colman, David Thewlis, Kate O’Flynn, Dipo Ola, Daniel Rigby, Samuel Anderson, Felicity Montagu, David Hayman
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
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