Distrib Roadshow Films is delaying the release of frightener “Wolf Creek” in Australia’s Northern Territory after a request from the prosecutors of a man charged with killing a Blighty backpacker who is one of the film’s inspirations.
Bradley John Murdoch will go on trial today, accused of murdering Peter Falconio and abducting his girlfriend Joanne Lees in 2001 after ambushing them on a lone stretch of highway in the Territory. “Wolf Creek,” about three backpackers abducted by a man in the Outback, was based on the Falconio case and on a similar case during the 1990s when seven backpackers were murdered.
A Roadshow rep said Friday that they received a request from the director of public prosecutions in the Northern Territory to view the film, which was followed by a written request to delay its release. It is feared the film will prejudice the jury.
Pic will open today across most of Australia, but a new date will be set for the Northern Territory.