The true story behind the film CONVICTION is remarkable and then some. Betty Anne Waters spent 18 years trying to get
her brother, Kenny, out of prison for a brutal murder that she was sure he didn’t commit. First she had to get her GED, then her B.A., and finally be admitted to, and graduate from, law school. She did. And it was up to screenwriter Pamela Grey to encapsulate those facts, and the stubborn drive of Waters herself, into a two-hour feature film.
When I spoke to Grey on October 8, 2010, what I most wanted to know was what it was like listening to Waters tell her story. The conversation made the logical jump from the specifics of this legal case, to the justice system itself. Grey admits she didn’t set out to make an advocacy film, but once she read the transcripts of Kenny’s trial, and delved into the corruption that led to his conviction, and the roadblocks thrown in the path of gaining his freedom, she felt she had no other choice.