LINDSEY HAWKER: family’s distress at murderer film

Lindsay Hawker
Lindsay Hawker

CONTROVERSIAL plans to make a film about the killer of murdered Brandon teacher Lindsay Hawker have left her family ‘disgusted’.

Sedic International want to make a film about his life on the run after raping an murdering 22-year-old Lindsay in 2007.

They say they have no intention of casting Tatsuya Ichihashi in a positive light.

In a statement, they said: “We are disgusted and can’t believe that the man convicted of murdering Lindsay can seek to make money out of these tragic circumstances.”

It will be based on his book Until the Arrest - which was also condemned by the Hawker family - and will focus on his time as a fugitive.

The film, reportedly titled “I am Ichihashi – Taiho sarerumade (until the arrest)” is based on a book written by the killer, which charts his time on the run.

Japanese actor and model Dean Fujioka, 31, will play Ichihashi and make his directorial debut in the film.

Kensuke Zushi, from Sedic International, told the Japanese media: “The incident grabbed a lot of social attention.

“We have no intention of casting Ichihashi in a positive light.”

A nationwide manhunt for Ichihashi was launched in March 2007 after the discovery of Miss Hawker’s body in a bathtub filled with sand on his apartment balcony in Ichikawa, near Tokyo.

Ichihashi travelled the length of Japan and lived in a number of remote locations to avoid capture, eating snakes and fish he had caught in order to survive and mutilated his own face to change his identity.