Of Murder And Memory

When freedom is on the line, one moment can be the difference between justice served and justice denied. Premiering Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), OF MURDER AND MEMORY is an Original CTV movie inspired by Canadian author Linda Spalding’s involvement in the murder trial of a presumably innocent woman in Hawaii. Spalding’s real-life experiences and guilty conscience led her to write a novel about the case, entitled, Who Named the Knife. Bringing the story from the pages to small screen is a star-studded cast including Annabeth Gish (BROTHERHOOD), Chandra West (JOHN FROM CINCINNATI), Hugh Dillon (FLASHPOINT), Gabriel Hogan (RENT-A-GOALIE) and Maury Chaykin (ENTOURAGE).

Fifteen years ago, Sally Linden (Annabeth Gish) was called to serve as a juror in the murder trial of a woman, Teresa Nichol (Chandra West). The star witness for the prosecution is Teresa’s husband, Vincent Nichol (Hugh Dillon), who claimed his wife shot the victim in cold blood during a robbery attempt gone wrong. On the last day of the trial, Sally arrives to court five minutes late, and is excused from the jury. When Teresa is found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Sally leaves Hawaii, her own troubled marriage and her involvement in the trial behind. After coming across her old journal 15 years after the trial, Sally suspects a miscarriage of justice and seeks Teresa out, after visiting Theresa in jail, and going over the trial on her own, Sally fights to have the case reopened. In OF MURDER AND MEMORY, she is forced to face her own questions of guilt, justice and responsibility.

“OF MURDER AND MEMORY explores the themes of justice and redemption in a compelling and emotional way,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With a strong cast bringing the story to life, this movie will definitely resonate with viewers who understand the importance of second chances.”

“We were so passionate about bringing Linda Spalding’s story to the screen, and CTV got that right away,” said Semi Chellas, who penned the film. “The story is incredible – about the bond between a woman serving life in prison for a crime she may not have committed, and the woman who put her there. Ultimately, like THE ELEVENTH HOUR [Chellas and Frank’s Gemini-award winning CTV drama], this is a story of hope, integrity and justice — told through the lens of an extraordinary friendship.”

OF MURDER AND MEMORY was filmed on location in Toronto, Hamilton, ON, and Peterborough, ON, in the fall of 2007. The movie was developed by Thump Inc. in association with CTV. It is produced by Thump Inc. in association with CTV, Lifetime and with the participation of COGECO Program Fund.

OF MURDER AND MEMORY is Executive-Produced by Ilana Frank (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, THE LIFE BEFORE THIS) and Daniel Iron (LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE RED VIOLIN), directed by David Wellington (LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WOULD BE KINGS) and is written by Semi Chellas (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, RESTLESS SPIRITS), who was inspired by the book Who Named The Knife, by Linda Spalding. Director of Photography is Derek Rogers (FOOLPROOF, NEW WATERFORD GIRL), James McAteer (IN A HEARTBEAT, HALF A DOZEN BABIES) is the Production Designer and Laurie Drew (THE DARK ROOM, REGENESIS 2) is Wardrobe Designer. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels for CTV Inc.

OF MURDER AND MEMORY is the eleventh original movie from CTV’s “Heroes, Champions and Villains” production strand that focuses on remarkable Canadian personalities, characters and stories. The strand is responsible for 2007’s IN GOD’S COUNTRY, starring Kelly Rowan, which delivered a record 1.6 million* viewers and was the most-watched movie (U.S. or Canadian) to air on any Canadian network in 2006-2007. Previous “Heroes, Champions and Villains” titles that have enjoyed critical and ratings success on CTV include ELIJAH, the two-part miniseries LIVES OF THE SAINTS, TERRY, THE MAN WHO LOST HIMSELF, EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE and SHADES OF BLACK, about the rise and fall of media mogul Conrad Black.

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