One Deadly Weekend in America

Feature-length documentary that tells the story of young lives devastated by gun crime.

Directed by award winning filmmaker Ursula MacFarlane, One Deadly Weekend in America focuses on one ordinary July weekend – typically the time of year when the highest number of Americans are shot and killed.

Conceived as a dramatic, ticking-clock thriller, the film tells the stories of that one weekend by focusing on seven very different shootings from across the USA, from South Central Los Angeles to rural South Carolina.

We hear from survivors, witnesses, families and law enforcement agencies, while newsreels, CCTV and police videos take us into the heart of the action.

By humanising the stories of young lives caught up in the devastation of gun crime – stories often overlooked by the mainstream media – the film paints a dramatic and moving portrait of American’s troubling relationship with guns – an exploration which feels more urgent now than ever.

Watch the trailer here 

Watch the 360 degree virtual reality trailer here

programme details

Transmission date: Sunday 9th July 2017

Channel BBC3 and iPlayer

Director - Ursula MacFarlane
Executive Producer - Jon Alwen
Executive Producer - Sanjay Singhal