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The Fear Of 13

FilmTrue Crime

David Sington / UK / 2015 / 96 mins / English / Documentary

“A film filled with unexpected twists, jaw-dropping developments and the heartwarming, hard-earned sense of a person able to transcend even the most humbling of circumstances.” – Screen Daily.


A thrilling documentary with so many twists and turns, one could be forgiven for thinking The Fear of 13 was a well-crafted work of fiction. After 23 years on death row, convicted murderer Nick Yarris appealed to the court to be executed. But as his story unfolds, it becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. The facts are made all the more compelling in the bold direct address earnestly delivered by the charismatic Yarris. A life transformed by a fervent love of reading, Nick proves himself a storyteller of great prowess. This daring narrative experiment balances a labyrinth of revelations with impressionistic reconstructions of memory. An enthralling tale, The Fear of 13 pinpoints inadequacies in the US judicial system with a gravitas and validation that is grounded by the poignancy of truth.


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Winner: Politiken Audience Award – CPH:DOX 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015
DOC NYC 2015

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