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Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Nick Broomfield
Screening time  
27.02. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  
Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in July 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed over a 100 victims, po tentially making him the most prolific serial killer in history.

For his revealing documentary about the alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., nicknamed the Grim Sleeper, Nick Broomfield went to South Los Angeles, the neighborhood with the highest murder rate in the city. Here, Franklin was arrested in 2010 for murdering at least 10 women starting back in 1985, mostly black prostitutes. Apparently, the police knew for more than 20 years that it was the work of a serial killer, but they never shared this information with the public – a fact that is very troubling to the victims’ families. The long history of poverty and drug use in South Central (as the district was called until 2003) appears to be fertile ground for the serial murders. Aided by the colorful former addict Pamela Brooks, who opens all the doors for Broomfield, he presents local residents and former sweethearts who describe Franklin as kind and helpful at first, but they soon come up with far more sinister stories.


Nick Broomfield

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).

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Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Great Britain, USA
2014, 105', DCP

Directed by:
Nick Broomfield

Barney Broomfield

Edited by:
Marc Hoeferlin, Joe Bini

H Scott Salinas

Marc Hoeferlin,

Produced by:
Lafayette Film

Festivals & Awards:

Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2015; Documentary Association 2014 – nomination; Toronto International Film Festival 2014; IDFA 2014; CPH:DOX 2014; Telluride Film Festival 2014; AFI Fest 2014; New York Film Festival 2014; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014; Zürich Film Festival 2014