Nine years after the death of Reeva Steenkamp, M-Net will premiere My Name is Reeva, an emotive and sensitively told three-part documentary series. Reeva died at the hands of her then-boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, and it is a killing still deeply embedded in the minds of millions across the globe. The docuseries is based on the model’s life and the events that led to her shocking death on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
M-Net will premiere My Name is Reeva during Women’s Month and Reeva’s birthday month. The second and third parts of the documentary will follow, airing in September. Part 1 will premiere on M-Net (DStv 101) on Thursday, 25 August at 20:30. Part 2 is scheduled for Thursday, 1 September and Part 3 for Thursday, 8 September. The docuseries will also be available on Catch Up. M-Net revealed in a press statement that it had acquired the rights to the documentary, which will be broadcast across Africa, made by WB Productions in partnership with Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group.
Two-time Safta-nominated director, producer and writer Warren Batchelor of WB Productions directed the true crime docuseries. David Taylor produced it while Safta winner Justin Strydom wrote the script. In a statement, Reeva’s parents, Barry and June Steenkamp said: “We fully endorse Warren and his team to bring out the truth in this documentary and show the world who Reeva really was.”
Echoing this are Cactus Tree Entertainment’s co-presidents, Benn Watson and Liz Levenson: “Too often, and especially, in this case, the victims of crimes are overlooked. Along with our amazing production partners and the Steenkamp family, we are honoured to be able to bring this story to screen.”
Jan du Plessis, Director of Content from M-Net, said: “M-Net thanks Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group for highlighting this project to us. Our channel’s mission is to broadcast programmes of the highest personal interest and best production quality. We are sure that My Name is Reeva will bring many viewers to understand the vital full story of a major South African life event.”
Watch Part 1 of My Name is Reeva on M-Net (DStv 101) on Thursday, 25 August at 20:30.