The Girl in the basement: The Fritzl case came into the limelight in the year 2008 when a lady named Elisabeth Fritzl told Austrian police officials that she had been held captive for 24 years by her father, Josef Fritzl. Josef used to assault, abuse her sexually, and even raped her many times when she was held captive in a concealed area in the basement of their family home.
This film was produced as part of Lifetime's Ripped From the Headlines collection. The film was directed and edited by Elisabeth Rohm. Rohm is most famous for her roles as an actress on Angel as Kate Lockley and Law & Order as Serena Southerlyn.
The film is tough to watch. Rohm said to The Wrap that Lifetime had broken all the boundaries and told a story that was a call for action on abuse at a severe level.
How can UK viewers see the film? Continue reading to learn how to watch Girl in the Basement in the UK.
24 Years Of Life In The Basement
Elisabeth had to go through hell for the next 24 years as the horror unleashed upon her was never-ending. She was at times forced to catch rats with her bare hands. Summer was the worst time of the year for her because of intolerable sweat which she narrated later in her writings.
For the rest of the world, life was moving while Elisabeth’s life was still and stagnant. Initially, her father tied her up with an iron chain in such a way that she could barely move half a meter on either side of the bed. He then gave her more freedom to move by attaching the chain around her waist.
As the chain was causing trouble during sexual activity he has removed it after few months. Josef abused her sexually and used to rape her multiple times a day for many years until she was released in April 2008. He raped her at least 3000 times in those 25 years which resulted in seven babies. Elisabeth’s children had to witness her abuse as they grew older.
Three of her kids were with her in the basement and the other three children appeared mysteriously near the doorstep of Josef Fritzl and his wife, Rosemarie, as per his planning
Is The Girl In The Basement In The UK
Girl in the Basement was initially broadcast on the Lifetime Network in the US in 2021. The show is open to rent or buy stateside via Amazon Prime Video.
The film is unavailable to rent, stream or buy in the UK. This page will be updated if the film becomes available anywhere.
Deal With Girl In The Basement?
The official synopsis for the film is: "Inspired By Actual Events, Girl in the Basement tells the story of Sara (Stefanie Scott), a young girl who wanted to leave Don (Judd Nelson) and celebrate her 18th birthday.
The Filf Based On Real Incident: The Girl In The Basement
The film is based on actual events, although it uses names and locations that are not exact.
Sara, an Austrian girl, is the stand-in for Elisabeth Fritzl in the film. Josef's father kept her in the Basement at her family home. She was kept in that Basement for 24 years. She was repeatedly raped and abused and gave birth to seven kids.
She was found and freed in 2008. Josef Fritzl, accused of manslaughter through the negligence of his grandchild and false imprisonment, incest and sexual rape of Elisabeth, pleaded guilty to all charges in 2009. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Film Star The Girl In The Basement?
The film stars Judd Nelson, from The Breakfast Club, as Don. While Sara is played by Stefanie (Insidious Chapter 3)
Joely Fisher and Emma Myers are the remaining cast members. Braxton Bjerken, Jake Nuttall, Emily Topper, Braxton Bjerken and Braxton Bjerken round out the cast.
If you've been affected by the issues discussed in this article, you may find support and help at Rape Crisis and Victim Support.
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