“Conviction” —the true story of Betty Anne Waters’ fight to free her brother from prison after his wrongful conviction — premiered on Saturday at the Toronto film festival, and is already creating some buzz on its way to theaters worldwide. Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck and Executive Director Maddy deLone were on hand for the showing, as were the film’s stars, including Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo and Juliette Lewis.
The film was very well received, and Betty Anne Waters received a standing ovation when she was introduced at the premiere.
“Conviction,” directed by Tony Goldwyn, tells the story of Waters’ brother Kenny and the years she spent working with the Innocence Project to set him free. Swank said at a Toronto press conference that Betty Anne Waters is her “real-life hero” and that playing Waters changed her life. Watch a video with Waters and cast members on the red carpet above, and see
interviews with Swank, Rockwell and Lewis here
The initial reviews from the festival are strong, especially praising the top-notch performances turned in from the film’s all-star cast. Here’s a sample of reviews and coverage of the premiere:
New York Times:
Tony Goldwyn Shows Some ‘Conviction’ in Toronto
Toronto Dispatch – “Conviction”
What the Web is Saying About “Conviction”
The film has its U.S. premiere Friday at the
San Diego film festival
also screens Saturday at the Boston Film Festival
. It opens in theaters October 15. We’ll post updates here over the next month.
Learn more about Waters’ case and watch the trailer here