It’s the incredible true story you’ve probably never heard.
An unemployed single mother whose brother is wrongfully convicted of murder spends 18 years studying for a law degree to free him from prison. Six months after his release, he slips off a wall and dies.
That it has taken Hollywood nearly a decade to tell the real-life tale of Betty Anne Waters is almost as unbelievable as the story itself.
The US barmaid, who turned down a career at law after winning her brother’s case in 2001, will be played by Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in Tony Goldwyn’s upcoming film Conviction, which opens in Australia in February.
Waters is already being touted as the next Erin Brockovich, the legal novice who exposed a corporate environmental disaster and went on to become a household name following Julia Roberts’ Academy Award-winning portrayal in 2000.