Firecracker Films re-examines the tragic case of Grace Millane, part of a new true-crime series called 'The Social Media Murders', that tells the tragic and disturbing story of 22 year-old Grace Millane, a British backpacker who went missing on the night of her 22nd birthday after arranging to meet Jesse Kempson for a date - the pair had met via Tinder - in Auckland in 2018.
A week after Grace’s disappearance 26-year-old Jesse Kempson was arrested and later convicted of Grace’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
This film documents the night of Grace’s disappearance, the subsequent search for her, the arrest of Jesse, the court case that followed, and ultimately the role that a dating app played in bringing these two individuals together.
The documentary features interviews with the investigators closest to the case coupled with the first-ever accounts from a friend of Grace’s, and a former flat-mate of Jesse Kempson, and never-been-seen-before interview footage with the culprit Jesse Kempson tell the story of a truly chilling case that sparked worldwide media attention and raises questions around women’s safety.
Firecracker is responsible for some of the highest rating and most talked about factual television programmes of the last decade.
From the BAFTA-nominated international smash hit Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, to the visually arresting Daredevils series, Firecracker has produced some of the most ground-breaking, popular factual programmes on television today.
Whatever the platform, Firecracker prides itself on telling authentic human stories and offering new and often never-before-seen perspectives, coupled with its trademark bold and stylish approach to film making, to create talked about content that is loved by audiences around the globe.
Firecracker’s unique story-telling has seen the company work with a wide range of broadcasters both in the UK and the US, including the BBC, Channel 4, W, ABC, Discovery, TLC and National Geographic.
Other credits include Born in the Wrong Body, Daredevils, Repo Man, Sex Testers, Baby Ballroom and Dr Christian Will See You Now and single documentaries such as Susan Boyle: Unlikely Superstar, Secrets of the Living Dolls, The Man With The Ten Stone Testicles, The Brit Who Tried To Kill Trump and Jamie: Drag Queen At Sixteen – the documentary which inspired the hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.