Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

Fuxian, Author

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






On December 25, or the early hours of December 26, 1996, six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado. The mystery the young beauty pageant death has still remained unsolved, with no new evidence. Her death has been of the center many articles, documentaries, and books. One of which, Netflix’s new original series, ‘Casting JonBenet.’ The show’s director, Kitty Greene claims that, as she grew up in Australia she was ‘obsessed’ with  American television and sitcom fantasy families.

“I had never seen a beauty pageant or even heard of a beauty pageant before, so it was so foreign,” she told the HuffPost in an interview on Friday, when the film began streaming on Netflix. “It was a uniquely American phenomenon and I was captivated by how odd it was, how dark it was and how it kind of punctured this image I had of idyllic American life. I mean, it was the imagery associated with it, which was all the pageants and crowns and the dress and the feather outfits that she was put in,” she said.”I think those images were really haunting. So it was almost like this image of this pageant queen who almost seemed to have it all, but whose life went horribly wrong, or horrifically had it taken away from her.”

Green’s fascination with the case ended up being a lasting one. Whenever she would meet someone from Colorado, she couldn’t help but ask who they thought was responsible for JonBenét’s murder. Their varied responses fueled the fire of her burning curiosity for the case.  Before making the film, Green said she read every book and watched every TV special on the case. She came to the conclusion that trying to find JonBenét’s killer was futile and decided she didn’t want to make another true crime documentary. “I knew there’s no way we can solve this,” she said. “There’s absolutely no way we can find out who killed her. So my motivation became an entirely different thing. If we can’t solve the crime, then how do we deal with the idea that we will never know?” she claimed.

Netflix’s ‘Casting JonBenet’, multiple actors audition for the roles the members of the Ramsay family, as well as local law enforcement or other suspects. Through these auditions that these actors reveal their own theories and personal experiences that they believe better inform them to portray the character ― for example one actress whose brother had been murdered and spoke of understanding how people might react to the sudden loss of a loved one in different manners.

‘Casting JonBenét,’ doesn’t concern itself actually trying to solve the murder of the miniature blond beauty queen.The film explores JonBenét’s tragic death through the audition tapes of a majority of amateur Colorado-based actors, who offer their insight, theories, judgments, and personal experiences.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Showcase

    Luke and Zach’s Riddles

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Obituaries

    Buddy Clark

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    News Around The World

    Gender Nonconformity

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    News Around The World

    Mbah Gotho

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Creative Page

    Painting of the Month – May – The Night Watch

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Obituaries

    Obituary of Gaston

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Showcase

    Top 10 Worst Nerf Guns

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Food, Drink, and Travel

    Nose Goes

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Obituaries

    The Road Runner Found Dead

  • Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’

    Showcase

    Money Over Mind

Netflix’s Original ‘Casting JonBenet’