Helter Skelter: An American Fantasy director Lesley Chilcott exposes the true Charles Manson

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

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


This story is a part of I am So Obsessed (subscribe right here), our podcast that includes interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and inventive varieties about their work, profession and present obsessions.

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

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

“As a substitute of giving Charlie extra credit score by falsely saying that he was such a powerful chief or that he had the flexibility to convey a few race warfare or that he was systematically planning for one, the truth 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 a great acid rap for some time. We have a look at the cultural elements within the late 60s that have been current, and do a social historical past of the late 60s to clarify why some folks might need been charmed by him.”

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

In an in-depth dialog concerning 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 in the present day. 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 total dialog with Chilcott on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Helter Skelter: An American Fantasy is now out on Epix or out there to stream by way of the Epix Now app. You’ll be able to subscribe to I am 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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