Prime Video has debuted the official trailer for Goodnight Mommy and announced two new true crime documentaries today. You can watch the trailer by scrolling down.
Goodnight Mommy, launching globally on Prime Video on September 16, stars Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti, and Peter Hermann. The film is directed by Matt Sobel from a script by Kyle Warren.
When twin brothers (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) arrive at their mother’s (Naomi Watts) country home to discover her face covered in bandages — the result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery — they immediately sense that something doesn’t add up. She sets strange new house rules, smokes in her bathroom, and secretly rips up a drawing they gave her – things their loving mother would never do.
As her behavior grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: The sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze, who’s making their food and sleeping in the next room, isn’t their mother at all.
Rated R for some language, Goodnight Mommy is produced by V.J. Guibal, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Joshua Astrachan, and David Kaplan.
The executive producers are Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, Naomi Watts, Kyle Warren, Matt Sobel, Derrick Tseng, Sébastien Beffa, and François Yon.
In addition to Goodnight Mommy, Prime Video today also revealed further investment into documentary filmmaking with two new UK Original series, The Greatest Show Never Made and Fake Sheikh. Both documentaries will launch on Prime Video in 2023.
These series will sit alongside the chilling Patricia Hall documentary, The Confession, the three-part series Three Mothers (working title), and previously-announced documentary series launching in the next six months, including a film about YouTube sensation KSI produced by Louis Theroux and Ben Stokes: Phoenix from the Ashes.
The Greatest Show Never Made reveals how, on a wet morning in June 2002, four cameras filmed 30 contestants who had traveled to a park in South East London to take part in the biggest reality show on TV. The show is going to change their lives – and it is all captured on camera.
They have quit their jobs and given up their homes to be here. Some have left long-term partners and sold their possessions; all want to escape the 9-5 grind and start on the road to adventure, fame, and fortune. It’s the new millennium, and anything is possible.
Just one small thing… the show does not exist. At the heart of this gripping, funny, and emotional series is an exploration of fame, identity, and the desire we all share to escape the traps of everyday life. Across five days and a rollercoaster of highs and lows, this charismatic, determined group tries to turn disaster into triumph as they confront the collapse of their dreams.
The 2 x 50’ series will be produced by Factual Fiction, with executive producers Emily Dalton and Jonathan Smith and BAFTA breakthrough and RTS Award-winning producer/director Ashley Francis-Roy.
Fake Sheikh, from Voltage TV, tells the thrilling story of maverick reporter Mazher Mahmood, whose exposés generated headlines by his use of false identities to ensnare royals, sports stars, politicians, celebrities, and members of the public. The three-part UK Original documentary series will track his meteoric rise to the highest ranks of the tabloid press — twice winning Reporter of The Year at The British Press Awards — and his subsequent downfall and imprisonment.
The interviewees include those within Mahmood’s inner circle who, in some cases, are talking for the first time about the operation and tactics of the reporter, with never-before-broadcast footage of the so-called “King of the Sting” in action. The series will also give a voice to those who were stung so that they will have the chance to tell their side on some well-known tabloid stories that, in many cases, had devastating effects on their lives.
This will include household names whose targeting by Mahmood generated some of the biggest headlines of the time. Fake Sheikh is directed by Ceri Isfryn, with executive producers Sanjay Singhal and Jonathan Smith.
“Original documentary storytelling is a key part of our growing UK slate, from nail-biting sport to intriguing whodunnits and stranger-than-fiction history,” said Dan Grabiner, head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be working with tremendously talented filmmakers, both new directors and legends of the genre, to bring these remarkable human stories to a global audience.”
Prime Video also confirmed the title of The Confession, a compelling documentary from ITN Productions that examines the chilling disappearance of British housewife Patricia Hall. When Patricia vanishes from the small Yorkshire town of Pudsey, her husband Keith becomes a suspect, caught in a storm of rumor and suspicion.
Only after a year, when Keith falls in love with a beautiful stranger, does the terrible truth about his wife’s disappearance seem to emerge in a shocking series of twists and revelations. The Confession is directed by Sam Hobkinson and produced by Vivienne Perry, with executive producers Nathaniel Lippiett and Ian Rumsey.
Three Mothers (working title) is a three-part series from Scottish independent production company Firecrest Films. In 2000, Alan and Judith Kilshaw adopted twin baby girls from the U.S. and brought them home to north Wales. Within days, they found themselves at the center of the biggest media storm of the new millennium, as stories emerged that the Kilshaws had bought the babies online for £8,000.
An extraordinary transatlantic battle blew up when an American couple claimed the two baby girls had been kidnapped from their home in California. Then, the birth mother entered the fray to claim the babies back. Three Mothers revisits these astonishing events and the ripples they caused across the world.
For the first time, all three mothers speak out, setting the record straight with powerful testimony and reflection. Alice McMahon-Major is the series director, Zehra Yas is the series producer, and the executive producers are Nicole Kleeman and Vari Innes.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.