Posted in: Crime
The Trillion Dollar Con Man
Panorama tracks down a fraudster who stole a football club and broke a bank. With his tales of foreign gold and assets worth 2 trillion dollars, the con man fooled politicians, celebrities and the City. He even tricked the former England football manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, into visiting North Korea to support his scam. So why were so many people taken in, and how did one man run rings round the regulators and...
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The Hunt for Britain’s Metal Thieves
In the past three years more than £13 million worth of metal has been stolen from Britain’s railway network. Cables, wiring and the rails themselves are removed by thieves who take advantage of the relative accessibility of the metal and the high prices it will fetch. (Thanks to Chinese demand, prices have risen 500 per cent in a decade.) Cameras follow British Transport Police in Yorkshire as they try to catch the criminals. We also see the effects of other thefts, from manhole covers to war memorials and...
Posted in: Countries, Crime
Australia’s Hardest Prison
Enter Casuarina maximum security - the toughest jail in Western Australia and the scene of one of the bloodiest prison riots in Australia's history. With capacity at an all-time high, the cell blocks are overflowing; Casuarina is designed for 400 inmates, it currently houses over 600 serial killers, sex offenders and terrorists. This ‘supermax’ doesn’t just house worst criminals in WA, they're among the worst in the...
Posted in: Crime, Society
Turnstile
Turnstile is focused on women involved in the criminal justice system and drug policy reform. The 36 minute film offers an exploration of three women’s experiences with addiction and incarceration, and interviews with other women that have been working for decades on criminal justice reform. Turnstile was made with no funding support over the course of two years. It is freely accessible online via Vimeo and downloadable. Intended audiences include those directly impacted by addiction and the War on Drugs,...
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My Brother The Serial Killer
My Brother The Serial Killer is a 2012 documentary about serial killer Glen Rogers, otherwise known as the "Casanova Killer", who was convicted for a series of murders and arsons. The documentary looks into prior assertions that he had murdered over 70 people. The documentary also investigates claims by the Rogers family that Glen Rogers was behind the Goldman-Simpson murders. Rogers' family stated that he had informed them that he had been working for Nicole in 1994 and that he had made verbal threats about...
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Cyntoia’s Story: The 16 Year Old Killer
In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Cyntoia was a prostitute and he was her client. Film-maker Daniel Birman was granted unique access to Cyntoia from the week of her arrest, throughout her trial and over a period of six years. His documentary explores the tragic events in her life that led up to the murder, and Cyntoia's biological mother meets he daughter for the first time since giving her up for adoption 14 years earlier. The film explores the history of abuse,...
Posted in: Crime, Drugs, Gangs, Society
Baja Smugglers
Daredevil outlaws. The Mexican drug war. All night trips on small fishing boats called "pangas" that smuggle migrant workers & marijuana into the United States. This is Baja...
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Gypsy Child Thieves
Across Europe children are being forced onto the streets to beg and steal. They come from one of the poorest communities in Europe - the Romanian Gypsies. For centuries Gypsies have lived on the margins of society and faced brutal discrimination. Many have resorted to stealing and begging to survive. But in the last 20 years, organised crime has taken over. And since 2007, when Romania joined the EU, Gypsy children have been trafficked and exploited on a much larger scale. In an attempt to understand what...
Posted in: Crime, Gangs, Society
Killing Boys: Russia
A gritty and absorbing film about a street gang of Russian ten year olds that cleans cars, begs, steals and sometimes even murders. On 23rd February 1994, ten year old Vlodya Jacobs and his gang killed and mutilated a 50 year old man. Police records show that the gang was involved in at least four other killings. This film began as an investigation of homeless children. It became a report on Vlodya, his family, his friends and the reasons why he has committed such grotesque crimes. Popular with the sellers at his...