Press Release from Film Art Media
Legendary music producer Phil Spector (the Beatles, the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers), and the inventor of the ‘Wall of Sound’, has finally been convicted of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
Spector’s first trial in 2007, which resulted in a mis-trial, was covered extensively in the recent documentary on Vanity Fair correspondent and novelist, Dominick Dunne directed by Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley.
Dunne said today of the guilty verdict, "I didn’t know what to expect after the first trial and there was a good chance I’m sure that there was going to be another hung jury. Second degree murder was the most serious charge possible for the jury to convict and being convicted of this means he has a non-parole period of 18 years which is effectively the rest of his life".
Speaking this morning to Dunne at his New York home, Kirsty de Garis said: "Dominick feels finally vindicated. He has always believed that Spector was guilty and that the verdict was a long time coming."
Hollywood outcast, best-selling author and chronicler of the rich and famous, Dominick Dunne is one of the world’s leading journalists and society commentators.
Distributed by Film Art Media, the 84-minute feature documentary features extraordinary access to Dunne’s world, including never-before-seen home video footage. The film presents a unique insight into the American obsession with fame and closely follows the first Spector trial in 2008.
Nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2008 Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) awards, the film premiered at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) followed by the prestigious Hamptons International Film Festival.
Sue Maslin of Film Art Media said: "Dominick is very ill and we are relieved that he has been able to see justice done in relation to this case following his despair over the outcome of the first trial".
"Celebrity: Dominick Dunne" is now available on DVD from ABC Bookstores, Readings and on-line sales direct from www.filmartmedia.com