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Last Breath Season 1

9 Episodes Drama

Last Breath is a web series inspired by the stories of real Australian women executed or imprisoned for life for murder. Set in a grim waiting cell with just a chair, Last Breath is about the moment before each character is brought to the gallows or escorted to the courtroom for sentencing.

Episodes

Deadly Predator

5m

This episode was inspired by Catherine Margaret Birnie On November 12, 1986 Catherine stood trial and was charged with four counts of murder and rape. On February 10, 1987 Catherine was sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment. It was all alongside her partner in crime and life David Birnie.

Written and performed by Lisa Dallinger A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Nasty piece of work

3m

This episode was inspired by Elizabeth Woolcock. Elizabeth at the age of 25, was convicted of murdering her husband by mercury poising and sentenced on the 4th of December, 1873. She was hung on 30 December 1873.

Written and performed by Hannah Davies A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Ugly Monster

3m

This episode was inspired by Katherine Knight. Katherine killed, skinned and cooked her boyfriend. She was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. She is currently imprisoned at the Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre in New South Wales.

Written and performed by Emma Jo McKay A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Drunken Slut

4m

This episode was inspired by Louisa Collins Louisa was convicted of murdering both her husbands. She endured four trials, the first three failed to find a verdict. She did not call any witnesses to her defence. She was hanged at Darlinghurst Gail on the morning of 8 January 1889. She was the last woman to hang in the state of New South Wales.

Written and performed by Constance Washington A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Wild Heart

4m

This episode was inspired by Jean Lee. At 8 a.m on 19 February 1951 Jean Lee, convicted of murder, was carried heavily sedated to the scaffold and hanged strapped semi-conscious to a chair at Pentridge prison, Coburg. Jean Lee was the last woman to be hanged before the death penalty was abolished in Australia.

Written and performed by Shanon Kulupach A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Waste of a Girl

4m

This episode was inspired by Elizabeth Woolcock. Elizabeth was convicted of murder by poisoning and hanged on 30 December 1873.

Written and performed by Lee McClenaghan A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

The Next Fix

4m

This episode was inspired by Catherine Birnie. Catherine was charged with 4 counts of kidnapping, rape and murder.

Written and performed by Kelley Kerr Young A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

Wicked Step Mother

5m

This episode was inspired by Martha Rendell. Martha was the last woman to be hanged in Western Australia at Fremantle Prison at 0800hrs on October 6, 1909. Convicted of murdering her de facto husband’s son, Arthur Morris, she was also suspected of killing his two daughters, Annie and Olive, by swabbing their throats with hydrochloric acid. Arresting officer Inspector Harry Mann said “she delighted in seeing her victims writhe in agony, and from it derived sexual satisfaction”.

Written and performed by Eva Justine Torkkola A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

In Control

4m

This episode was inspired by Martha Needle. Martha was hanged on 22 October 1894 at the age of 30. She was convicted for the murder of Louis Juncken, brother of her fiancé on 15 May 1894 and was suspected of killing her former husband and three children.

Written and performed by Jennifer Monk A Girls Act Good Production in association with F Word Films

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