In the early hours of 1 January 1998 Ben Smart and Olivia Hope, two young partygoers in the Marlborough Sounds, were in a water taxi looking for a place to crash. They vanished and were never seen again. The investigation transfixed the nation, and led to the conviction of Scott Watson for murder. Directed for TV3 by John Keir (Flight 901: The Erebus Disaster), this 2002 documentary revisits the case from the perspective of two fathers — Gerald Hope and Chris Watson — and brings them together for the first time to talk about whether Scott Watson is guilty.
It was a challenge: 'you prove that I murdered your daughter'.– Gerald Hope on how he interpreted a look that Scott Watson gave him in the trial
Made with funding from NZ On Air
'Chaconne', in memory of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope, composed by Christopher Marshall, performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra