WHAT: True Crime Tuesdays
WHO: Moderated by author, film critic, and broadcaster Geoff Pevere
WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
WHEN: November 7th, December 5th, January 9th, February 13th, March 6th, April 3rd | 6:30 PM
WHY: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is screening some of the greatest true crime documentaries (and the greatest documentaries bar none) on their big screen, followed by in-depth discussions with legal experts and filmmakers.
November 7th - Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)
It’s a case of stranger than fiction when it comes to the life of tech millionaire John McAfee who made his fortune from his anti-virus software only to use it to surround himself by armed men in a compound in the jungle of Belize where he lived a libertine lifestyle. When one of his neighbours turns up dead, McAfee is wanted for questioning and flees to Guatemala. He turns up again in the U.S. in 2016 as the Libertarian Party’s potential nomination for president. In Gringo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is hot on the pursuit of the truth about the renegade mogul.
December 5th - In God We Trust (2013)
Filmmakers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek craft an in-depth look at the crimes of Bernie Madoff in this incisive documentary bolstered by an unlikely protagonist: Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years. Eleanor Squillari worked closely with Madoff with no idea he was pulling off the biggest financial scam in U.S. history. Devastated by the discovery she had been helping a criminal, she decides to help the FBI and digs into every record and document from over the years. In God We Trust is an effective overview of how Madoff made off with billions of dollars and how one woman helped take him down.
January 9th - Bus 174 (2002)
In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man hijacked a bus and held the passengers hostage while the incompetent and under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation. Quickly, it became a televised event on national Brazilian networks, reaching over 35 million people. The armed man is named Sandro do Nascimento, and he's one of Brazil’s countless homeless who has already endured his own share of tragedy. In Bus 174, filmmakers José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda look beyond this terrible incident and at the systemic neglect that has prisons overrun in inhumane conditions and the streets filled with forgotten people like do Nascimento.
February 13th - Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
Serial killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death. Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Wuornos focuses on her last days leading up to her 2002 execution featuring an exclusive final interview. What's apparent is that she's not of sound mind. She contradicts herself, makes bizarre statements, and is clearly unwell, and yet she's cleared as sane and executed. Broomfield pays special attention to her difficult childhood that led to her running away when she was 13, creating a challenging portrait of the making and unmaking of a serial killer in the American justice system.
March 6th - Killing For Love (2016)
Young lovers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were arrested in London in 1986 for cheque fraud—only to arouse suspicion when their love letters linked them to the gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s parents a year prior in Bedford County, Virginia. Extradited to the U.S., both have been in jail ever since, but Jens now maintains he committed the murders out of love for Elizabeth, who manipulated him. Killing For Love reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters.
April 3rd - The Imposter (2012)
In 1994, a young boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later his family is overjoyed to hear he has turned up in Spain, claiming he was kidnapped. When he returns, he seems quite different, both in personality and physically, but his desperate family accept him, apparently not realizing that he is in fact another person, Frédéric Bourdin, a serial imposter. One of the strangest characters you’ll encounter in non-fiction, Bourdin claims to have assumed 500 false identities. This chilling documentary follows all the twists and turns of this bizarre true story.
OR: ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS AT THE LINKS ABOVE