TORONTO — A new Netflix crime drama explores the racial tensions resulting from police misconduct in the U.S. — and it was created by a Canadian.
Toronto-born writer-producer Veena Sud, whose previous credits include the “The Killing,” says she came up with the idea for “Seven Seconds” after “turning on the television and seeing black men and young children being shot almost on a nightly basis.”
Launching Friday, the anthology series stars Beau Knapp as a white New Jersey police officer who accidentally hits a black teenager with his car. His police officer colleagues stage a coverup, resulting in racial tensions in the city as the case unfolds. READ MORE
Regina King nails moments of truth in grim Netflix drama Seven Seconds
A car accident in Jersey City. A white cop drives away. A 15-year-old Black boy is left for dead. The boy’s mother, Latrice (Regina King), knows something isn’t right. She confronts the cop, Jablonski (Beau Knapp), in a supermarket.
“I know it was you,” she tells him. Her anger crumples into sorrow. “I just want to know if he was scared,” she says. “If he was in pain. If he called out for me…. I just need to know. Please tell me.”
“I’m sorry for whatever happened to your son,” Jablonski says. “But I had nothing to do with it.” READ MORE
Netflix’s Seven Seconds Is a Timely, Flawed Drama About American Injustice
TV dramas don’t get much timelier than Seven Seconds. The new Netflix series, which arrives today, is about the far-reaching consequences of a horrible incident in which Pete Jablonski (Beau Knapp), a white cop, accidentally runs over a black teenager named Brenton Butler on a bicycle. In a panic, Jablonski covers up the evidence with the help of his fellow officers. Over the following 10 hours, we follow along as an ever-increasing number of people are drawn into the aftermath of the crime. READ MORE
‘Seven Seconds’: Clare-Hope Ashitey on a Potential Season 2 and Getting Inspiration From Paul Newman
The 2018 version of Paul Newman in “The Verdict” may be Clare-Hope Ashitey in the new Netlfix drama “Seven Seconds.” At the very least, it was an inspiration for director Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”), who told the show’s star to watch the 1982 film in preparation for her role as KJ Harper. “It was interesting to look at a film that was about a flawed person and how they dealt with a situation,” she told IndieWire during a recent press event.
In the dense Netflix crime drama created by “The Killing’s” Veena Sud, the character of KJ definitely has no shortage of flaws as a prosecutor whose determination to get justice for a black teenager is held back by her struggles with alcoholism as well as the chaos that is the American legal system. READ MORE
It’s hard to stop watching ‘Seven Seconds’ – a sure sign of a good TV show
In TV’s great glut, there’s still one surefire way to know if the show you’re watching is working at its most elemental level: How badly do you want to see the next episode? And why?
Whatever makes a show worth starting isn’t as interesting to me as what makes it worth finishing.
There’s a wonderful feeling you get from an above-average TV show – a sensation I’ve compared before to water-skiing. That first episode is compelling and entertaining enough to rise you up on skis at just the right speed. From there, with euphoric certainty, you hold on for as far and as long as that boat wants to take you, even through the bumpier episodes. READ MORE
In Seven Seconds, Veena Sud poses the question ‘Whose lives matter?’
Veena Sud is as Canadian as strip bacon. Often billed as Canadian-American, she was born in Toronto and spent the first two years of her life here. Her family then moved to Ohio, which is where she grew up. She was recently in Toronto shooting her first feature film and says she meant to go looking for where her parents lived, but she was a little too busy.
“I can’t tell you what hospital I was born in. I kind of remember a highrise tower, but I didn’t know where it was and my parents have passed away, so I couldn’t ask them” says Sud from Los Angeles. “I will say that I love the food in Toronto. I certainly enjoyed that. It’s just so good.” READ MORE