Helter Skelter: An American Myth director Lesley Chilcott reveals the true Charles Manson

Helter Skelter: An American Fantasy is a six-part collection in regards to the Manson Household Murders directed by Lesley Chilcott.


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Virtually 50 years in the past, Charles Manson and members of the Manson household had been convicted for a collection of murders together with that of actress Sharon Tate. On the time, it was referred to as the trial of the century partly as a result of it lasted 9 and a half months. 5 a long time later, Manson and the household are nonetheless part of our tradition with depictions of them exhibiting up in reveals like MindhunterAmerican Horror Story: Cult and the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The brand new Epix documentary series Helter Skelter: An American Myth takes a visceral and revealing take a look at Manson as a way to dispel the larger-than-life myths that grew round him through the years.

On CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast, Lesley Chilcott, who directed the six-part documentary, defined the significance of showing Manson for who he actually was.

“As a substitute of giving Charlie extra credit score by falsely saying that he was such a robust chief or that he had the power to convey a few race conflict or that he was systematically planning for one, the fact is that none of that was true,” stated Chilcott. “He was not a mastermind. He was a small man in stature and was a small-time con artist who had acid rap for some time. We take a look at the cultural elements within the late 60s that had been current, and do a social historical past of the late 60s to clarify why some individuals might need been charmed by him.”

Chilcott is the award-winning producer of movies like Waiting For Superman, An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. She additionally directed the documentaries Watson and CodeGirl.

In an in-depth dialog in regards to the collection and Manson, Chilcott discusses discovering never-before-seen footage of the Manson household and the way this story eerily displays the political and social problems with at the moment. She additionally explains her obsession with wolves and the way their safety grew to become a political debate.

Helter Skelter: An America Myth - Lesley Chilcott

Lesley Chilcott directed the documentaries Watson and CodeGirl and produced Ready For Superman and An Inconvenient Fact.


Hearken to my complete dialog with Chilcott on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Helter Skelter: An American Myth is now out on Epix or out there to stream via the Epix Now app. You’ll be able to subscribe to I’m So Obsessed in your favourite podcast app. In every episode, I meet up with an artist, actor or creator to study work, profession and present obsessions.

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Patrick Holland