My Best Dox

The Imposter

Bart Layton
Screening time  
28.02. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
A crime docu-drama that ‘crosses boundaries. Without changing the subject and style...

Crime docu-drama genre is a lower-level documentary genre. It is a TV genre, nonauthorial, dealing with black chronicle subjects, determined by a simple representational and narrative procedure. Crime docu-dramas never appear in cinema listings or at film festivals. In crime docu-dramas the victim is most often a prostitute or a wife. The wife is in danger for the first time when she gets married, and for the second time when she takes out her life insurance policy. No need guessing who the killer is. In crime docu-dramas there are no nuanced stories. There are only two extremes: insanely banal plots, or insanely incredible plots. The Imposter is one such insanely incredible story. However, The Imposter appeared in ZagrebDox’s selection. Before that, Layton’s film won numerous awards. Apparently, this crime docu-drama ‘crosses boundaries. Without changing the subject and style, The Imposter has risen from the sphere of lower-ranking TV programmes to the prestigious world of film festivals.

Dragan Jurak

Bart Layton

Bart Layton is a British filmmaker based in London who has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries for both British and American broadcasters and has been a finalist on several occasions for Best Documentary for The Royal Television Society and a finalist for Best Documentary at the Grierson Awards. He is the Creative Director of the leading British production company, Raw. He originated and directed Locked Up Abroad, now in its 9th series and National Geographic Channel’s longest ever running series.

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The Imposter

Great Britain
2012, 95', DCP

Directed by:
Bart Layton

Erik Alexander Wilson, Lynda Hall

Edited by:
Andrew Hulme

Dimitri Doganis

Produced by:
Raw Production

Festivals & Awards:

ZagrebDox 2013 – International Jury’s Special Mention; Cinema Eye Honors 2013 – Outstanding Production; London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2013 – Documentary of the YearBAFTA Award for the Outstanding Debut; HotDocs 2012 – Filmmakers Award; British Independent Film Awards 2012 – Best Documentary; The Douglas Hickox Award; Miami International Film Festival 2012 – Knight Grand Jury Prize; Zurich Film Festival - Best International Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2012; Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012; Warsaw Film Festival 2012