Well, did I say how crap this movie is? No, not yet? Well it is.
Fatal Honeymoon is a 2012 movie made to cash in on the death of Tina Watson (Tina Thomas) and the various Australian and US trials of her husband, Gabe Watson, for her murder. Tina died on her honeymoon when diving the wreck of the SS Yongala off Townsville in Far Northern Queensland, Australia. For more information about the death of Tina, the investigations and trials etc, see the list of articles on my web site.
The movie on one hand has respectable credentials. The directors/producers are Nadia Tass and David Parker, Australian film makers who have made some really good movies. It was written by Mac Gudgeon (former husband of well know actress Kerry Armstrong) who has written many Australian movies and episodes of television series. He also was script editor of the very scary Wolf Creek. It stars US movie great, Harvey Keitel with some minor US actors and a couple of well known Australian actors including Gary Sweet (Det/Sgt "Greg" Campbell) and Peter O'Brien (Ken Snyder). All I can think of their involvement in this movie, especially Keitel, was that he wanted a free holiday in Australia and needed some quick cash.
It was quickly written after the February 2012 trial of Gabe Watson (where he was acquitted of Tina's murder) and then filmed on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It was released about August 2012 on a US pay TV channel. It was supposed to be released at the theatres in Australia but it went straight to DVD (shows how good it was).
My involvement in this whole matter is that I was Gabe Watson's defence expert about scuba diving. I advised his legal team on diving related matters and travelled to the murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama, where I was to appear during the trial. As it happened, I did not need to testify as the judge threw out the case once the prosecution rested its case. As you can imagine, this is because he had decided there was no evidence at all that a murder had occurred (see my articles about the whole matter).
I had never seen the movie till 6 February 2015 when the movie was on Sydney free to air television repeated 25 September 2016). My wife and I watched it (Kelly was also involved in the defence case and also went to Alabama). The following are my comments about the movie. Note that the movie claims that it is "Based on a true story":
As you can see, there are so many factual errors and lies in this movie, you should not even consider that it reflects in even a little way what happened when Tina died and all that went on afterwards.
Did I say how crap this movie is? Yes I did, and I will again. CRAP.
Again, if you want to read what really happened, click on this link and read all about it.