After shooting the film ‘Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer’ in 1992, Broomfield returned twelve years later to his heroine, the first American woman serial killer. As they stayed in touch for the whole time, Broomfield was invited to her last public testimony before she was executed on October 9th 2002. Through a story of a woman judged for seven admitted murders, committed in the moments of insanity, very paranoid, but in all this pandemonium probably the most positive person, who in the end, after twelve years spent in prison, only wanted to die, the director clearly raises his voice against the capital punishment and raises serious questions concerning the execution of the mentally ill.
Nick Broomfield was born in London. He has directed more than thirty documentaries over his forty-year career, including Kurt and Courtney (1998); Biggie & Tupac (2002), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003); Battle for Haditha (2007), Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011), Sex: My British Job (2013), Whitney Can I Be Me (2017) all of them screened at the ZagrebDox. His latest documentary Marianne & Leonard – Words of Love (2019).
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
USA, Great Britain
2003, 89', 35 mm
Festivals & Awards:
IDFA 2003 - Amnesty International Award