Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father Review

Movie ReviewDear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father: 9 out of 10.

"Dear Zachary" is a documentary by Kurt Kuenne for the son of his close friend Andrew Bagby who was murdered by Newfoundlander Shirley Jane Turner. It is the best film I've seen this year.

Watching "Dear Zachary" was emotionally exhausting, because the brilliant frenetically paced editing took us on a journey so twisted, so unexpected and so unbelievable, it starts to feel like fantastic crime fiction. But it's real. It's very, very real. And it's chilling.

As a Canadian, it's tough to watch parts of this doc in which our judicial system, particularly in Newfoundland, comes across as a catalyst for disaster. But the facts speak for themselves.

For several reasons, the contents of this film will stick with me for some time. There's the life of Andrew Bagby, Zachary, and Andrew's incredible parents, David and Kate Bagby, the true stars of this remarkable film.


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Hey Mike, Was this on TMN?

November 1, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

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No, it aired on CBC Newsworld (which is now CBC NN) as part of their Passionate Eye series.

If they ever schedule it again, I'll write about it to get you all to set your PVRs, b/c you've got to see this.

November 1, 2009 @ 1:25 PM


I was able to rent this one some time ago at Rogers. Agree with you Mike. Incredibly powerful film.

November 1, 2009 @ 7:18 PM


Dear Zachary: A Letter to A Son About his Father is quite possibly the saddest documentary I've ever watched.

August 5, 2015 @ 5:10 AM

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