|Colin Firth is usually to be found in front of the camera, doing his part in the likes of Bridget Jones’ Diary or Nanny McPhee. |
But he’s stepping behind it to produce a documentary call In Prison My Whole Life. It focuses Mumia Abu-Jamal, an ex-Black Panther sent to jail 25 years ago for killing a police officer. But the doc actually follows a man born on the day the officer was murdered, discovering why the Jamal case has been such a touchstone for death penalty protestors and how the man himself became an icon to hip-hop lovers.
"My point of entry was this white, middle-class English guy named William Francome, whose birthday coincided with the killing, and a journey of this boy's consciousness," Firth told Variety. "It's a prism to look at how much society and grassroots politics have changed over 25 years."