Life with Murder is a Canadian documentary film, directed by John Kastner and released in 2010.[1] The film profiles Brian and Leslie Jenkins, a couple in Chatham, Ontario who are struggling to cope and heal after their son Mason was convicted of murdering their daughter Jennifer.[2]

Life with Murder
Directed byJohn Kastner
Produced bySilva Basmajain
John Kastner
Deborah Parks
CinematographyMark Caswell
John Westheuser
Edited byGreg West
Distributed byCTV Television Network
Release date
Running time
94 minutes

The film premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on May 1, 2010,[3] and was distributed primarily as a television film which aired on CTV Television Network on August 31, 2010.[2]

The film won the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program at the 26th Gemini Awards,[4] and the International Emmy Award for Best Documentary at the 39th International Emmy Awards.[5]


  1. ^ "How parents cope when one sibling kills another". Toronto Star, April 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "When your daughter's killer is your son: Documentary paints portrait of parents' 'unconditional love'". Toronto Star, August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "Jenkins family 'thrilled' by reception to murder documentary: director". Canadian Press, May 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Robertson gets Gemini for journalism contribution". Waterloo Region Record, August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (November 22, 2011). "John Kastner's Life With Murder wins International Emmy". Playback. Retrieved February 10, 2015.

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