Documentary distributed worldwide by Abacus Media Rights and presented to buyers at the upcoming MIPTV market

For immediate release: 

London/Hampshire, Wednesday 13th March 2024 – Indie Woodcut Media is currently in production on a new true crime feature documentary The Murder of Sandra Rivett, for Prime Video in the UK and Ireland

Distributor Abacus Media Rights (AMR), an Amcomri Entertainment company, is handling worldwide sales, and will be presenting the documentary to buyers at the upcoming MIPTV market. 

The Murder of Sandra Rivett (1 x 90’) goes back to 1974,  when an aristocratic household was at war in London with Lord and Lady Lucan at loggerheads over the custody of their children. While newly employed nanny, Sandra Rivett managed to bring some calm to the chaotic household and find a kindred spirit in her employer, Veronica (Countess of Lucan) – Sandra had no idea her world was about to come crashing down in a crime that has fascinated generations for 50 years. 

Promising to explore the misogyny engrained in the social history of the time, The Murder of Sandra Rivett tells the story from the aspect of two women who were polar opposites in terms of class, but whose lives ran a parallel – battling mental health, marriage and motherhood before their paths crossed for a brief interlude of happiness.  With varying theories of what actually happened on the night that Sandra was killed, including a first-hand account of life in the Lucan household from the family’s former nanny. 

Executive producers are Nick Mavroidakis and Kate Beal, producer is Madeline Chiari and Matt Blyth serves as editor. The documentary is directed by Jenny Williams

Nick Mavroidakis commented, “This is one of the most famous murder mysteries of the twentieth century. Up until this point the focus of the story has been on Lord Lucan. In this feature documentary our aim is to return the narrative to the forgotten story of the victim. Of Sandra herself. This year is 50 years since the tragic loss of this young woman and we want to mark that.“


About Woodcut Media: 

Founded by award-winning producer Kate Beal in 2014, UK indie prodco Woodcut Media is a female-led operation with a diverse team at its core, whose main ethos is to provide an honest and trusted voice – creating programming that tells incredible human stories with creativity, authenticity, and care.  As well as being one of the leading true crime doc producers in the UK, Woodcut also specialises in a broad range of standout unscripted content covering factual entertainment, specialist factual, and premium/talent led programming.  Titles include Confessions of a Psycho Killer (Amazon Prime Video),  long-running series World’s Most Evil Killers/Britain’s Most Evil Killers (8 seasons), Fiennes: Return to the Nile with Joseph and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Cut from a Different ClothMandela, My Dad and Me, both featuring Idris Elba, Hitler: A Life in Pictures, and Paranormal Captured to name just a few.  In 2020, Woodcut launched distribution company Woodcut International. www.woodcutmedia.com