True Crime Tuesdays

Miscarriages of justice, hidden documents, planted evidence, blindness to prejudices and shocking confessions let slip on camera.

We’re screening 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: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)


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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

  • USA
  • 93
  • 14A
  • Nick Broomfield
  • Joan Churchill
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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.

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.


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Killing for Love (aka The Promise)

  • Germany, UK
  • 130
  • STC
  • Karin Steinberger
  • Marcus Vetter
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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. The Promise reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters.

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.


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The Imposter

  • UK
  • 99
  • 14A
  • Bart Layton
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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.

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.


Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee
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. In Gringo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is hot on the pursuit of the truth about the renegade mogul.

Bus 174 In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man (Sandro do Nascimento, one of Brazil’s countless homeless) hijacked a bus and held its passengers hostage while the under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation, which quickly became national news.