It is nearly 40 years since Ronald Ryan was hanged at Pentridge Prison. His execution sparked massive public outrage and the subsequent abolition of the death penalty across the country. This startling docudrama tells why.
Starring Colin Friels as Ronald Ryan, and featuring candid interviews with the people who knew Ryan well - his wife, lawyer, fellow escapee, trial judge, the journalist who witnessed his execution - The Last Man Hanged is the story of a petty thief with no record of violence, but whose botched escape from jail resulted in his execution. It is also the story of a brutal, cold-blooded murder by the State.
- "An Act of Vengeance" - All new 25min doco on capital punishment shot in Pentridge Prison where Ryan was hanged, and featuring exclusive interviews with Mike Richards (author of “The Hanged Man”), Julian Burnside QC, Brian Morley (3AW journalist who witnessed Ryan’s execution), and artist Martin Tighe (who painted a series on Ronald Ryan)
- Stills Gallery (Pentridge Prison and the art of Martin Tighe)
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