The Case Against Adnan Syed
Serial was the beginning, not the end, of Adnan Syed’s public story. The breakthrough 2014 podcast, a cause celebre downloaded over 175 million times globally, explored the contentious conviction of Syed, a 17-year-old Baltimore high school student, for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend and classmate, Hae Min Lee. This new four-part HBO documentary, directed by the renowned American documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Prophet’s Prey), re-examines the case while sifting through the evidence tendered since Serial aired as Syed and his supporters have pushed for a new trial. Berg’s narrative is detailed, using interviews with Syed and those close to both him and Lee to weave together their shared past and the events that divided them.With her diary as a decoding key, you get a much clearer sense of who Hae Min Lee was beyond being a murder victim, even as the investigation’s contradictions and first sightings of possible other suspects begin to draw you in to the central mystery. Newcomers and Serial devotees alike will find this gripping viewing.
SBS Food, 7.30pm
Justine Schofield’s culinary tour of the Northern Territory continues with a modern take on a stockman’s classic, while one of her own recipes has to make do with the wind dispersing dry ingredients. Schofield is an unpretentious host – «my face is so red», she admits as the coals of a camp oven glow – and the menu matches that. It’s a tidy spin on a familiar genre.