The Boston Globe recently spoke with Susannah Grant ’84 about her new Netflix series Unbelievable, which the Globe described as “one of the most complexly nuanced studies of sexual assault and its aftermath ever made.”
About Marie, a survivor initially charged with lying about her rape before two female detectives uncover a string of eerily similar crimes, the series “dramatizes real events in order to mount a larger exploration of what exactly happens when a survivor goes to police,” the Globe wrote.
“A lot of people are familiar with the concept that the investigation often feels like a second assault,” said Grant, co-creator/showrunner of Unbelievable. “But if you haven’t been through it, it’s hard to know and feel exactly what that means; this was a great opportunity to make that [idea] real for people, to take that from an abstract concept to something tangible.”
“Grant, an Oscar nominee for writing Erin Brokovich, focuses the first hour of Unbelievable on this grueling process, which eventually undermines Marie’s faith in her own memory enough that she recants her story,” the Globe wrote. The series was adapted from the Pulitzer-winning ProPublica investigation “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.”