DocHouse Picks: must-see true crime docs

Friday 6 January, 2017

Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger's THE PROMISE is screening exclusively at the DocHouse from Friday 13th January. Exploring the love story between Jens Söring and Elizabeth Haysom and their conviction for the horrific double murder of Haysom’s parents in 1985, THE PROMISE is the latest must-see addition to the true crime canon.  

WATCH: The Promise trailer here

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Ahead of the arrival of THE PROMISE, we've picked out some other essential viewing for fans of the true crime genre.

The System:

Taking us inside the world of crime and punishment, these docs explore miscarriages of justice and the reality of life on the inside. 

Paradise Lost Trilogy Dir. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky / 1996-2011

The Central Park Five Dir.  Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David Mcmahon / 2012

Killing Time  Dir. Jaap van Hoewijk / 2013

The Years of Fierro  Dir. Santiago Esteinou / 2013

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes Dir. Brett Story / 2016

Into the Abyss Dir. Werner Herzog / 2011

Search for the Truth:

Beyond a reasonable doubt? Existing in the grey area, these films follow true crime stories without a clear answer of who's guilty and who's innocent.

Capturing the Friedmans Dir. Andrew Jarecki / 2003

O.J.: Made In America Dir. Ezra Edelman / 2016

Dear Zachary Dir. Kurt Kuenne / 2008

The Jinx Dir. Andrew Jarecki / 2015

The Imposter Dir. Bart Layton / 2012

The Thin Blue Line Dir.  Errol Morris / 1988

Making a Murderer  Dir. Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos / 2015

Standard Operating Procedure Dir. Errol Morris / 2008  

1971 Dir. Johanna Hamilton / 2014

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Dir. Marc Silver / 2015

Killer Testimonial 

Hear it from the horse’s mouth with these insights into the mind of the accused. Using the camera as a confessional, these testimonials move from charming to chilling from scene to scene. 

Amanda Knox Dir. Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst / 2016

Tabloid Dir. Errol Morris / 2010 

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer Dir. Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill / 2003

The Fear of 13 Dir. David Sington / 2015

The Confessions of Thomas Quick Dir.  Brian Hill / 2015

El Sicario Room 164 Dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Charles Bowden / 2010