Jack The Ripper: Australia’s Killer
Australian Scientists may hold the key to solving one of history's most gruesome unsolved crimes: who was Jack the Ripper?
The story of Jack The Ripper is one of the most gruesome and infamous unsolved crimes in history. An horrific killing spree, which exposed the darkest recesses of Victorian London, leaving a city gripped in terror. More than 120 years later, modern science may just hold the key to cracking the case. On the other side of the world, Australian scientists have made a major breakthrough – they’ve extracted DNA from a 122-year-old skull believed to be that of Australia’s first known serial killer and a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. Now former Scotland Yard Detective, Robin Napper, leads a cutting edge investigation into the case. His mission, to find out: Could an Australian killer be Jack the Ripper?
Developed and Post Produced in Western Australia
on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Whadjuk peoples
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Writer & Director
Franco Di Chiera
Ash Gibson Greig
Sound Post Production
Hair and Makeup
First Assistant Director
Grading and Online
Prospero Head of Production
The Directors Statement
“The “Jack the Ripper” project came about because of Ed and Julia’s involvement in another documentary…”
“…titled, “Ned’s Head” in which a skull, purportedly belonging to famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, was found to be that of one likely candidate – Australia’s first serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming.”
– Franco Di Chiera, Director
About the DOP
Simon is an award-winning cinematographer based in Sydney.
He shoots observational and dramatised documentaries, drama, commercials and music videos.
His work has taken him to all parts of the globe. From his first job out of film school, a documentary in Cambodia soon after its terrible period of genocide, he has marvelled at the power of the camera to capture essential truths about people and events.