True Crime Tuesdays
Miscarriages of justice, hidden documents, planted evidence, blindness to prejudices and the elusive (always shocking) confessions let slip on camera: these are just come of the ingredients that make true crime one of the most exciting genres of documentary.
In this new series, we screen some of the greatest true crime documentaries (and the greatest documentaries bar none) on our big screen, followed by in-depth discussions with legal experts and filmmakers, all moderated by author, film critic and broadcaster Geoff Pevere.
Single Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free) - see below
THE THIN BLUE LINE
D: Errol Morris | USA | 1988 | 103 min | PG
Billed as “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder,” Errol Morris’s 1988 masterpiece created something beautiful out of a horrific real-life event—and went on to effect real change.
CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS
D: Andrew Jarecki | USA | 2003 | 107 min | 14A
The Oscar-nominated first feature from Andrew Jarecki, the director of the true-crime smash hit The Jinx, introduces us to the Friedmans: an archetypal suburban American family.
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE
D: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns | USA | 2012 | 119 min | 14A
Ken Burns’s calm and clear-eyed film presents a powerful indictment of both the law enforcement and the hysterical public that rushed to convict five black and Latino teenage boys from Harlem.
GIVE UP TOMORROW
D: Michael Collins | USA, UK | 2011 | 95 min | STC
Witness the Philippines’ “trial of the century,” a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, frenzied journalism and clashing political interests.
I WILL BE MURDERED
D: Justin Webster | Denmark, Spain, UK, Guatemala | 2013 | 85 min | 14A
In 2009, a Guatemalan lawyer recorded a video predicting that he would be murdered at the behest of the president. Mere days later, his bullet-riddled body was discovered.
PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS D: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | USA | 1996 | 150 min | PG Thanks to this landmark doc from Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, few criminal trials have left a mark in the public consciousness more than that of the West Memphis Three.