by Jonny Burt in New Film on Friday 22 February 2013

Inside Death Row, with Trevor McDonald, is a documentary about America’s most notorious maximum security prison – Indiana State – where McDonald comes face-to-face with 12 condemned men awaiting execution. What was so disconcerting about this was the unexpected likeability of the convicts: frequently I found myself empathizing with these alleged ‘monsters’ to the degree that the reality of their horrific crimes became oddly unimportant, or indeed, entirely forgotten.