Dokumania /THE FEAR OF 13


Filmen har den danske titel Manden der ville henrettes. Den var med på CPH:DOX 2015, DR2 Dokumania sendte den forrige sommer, og nu tager Dokumania den op igen. Det sker på tirsdag 21. marts 20:45. Det er også denne gang en god disposition, fordi David Sington er en vigtig instruktør, han har lavet mere end 30 dokumentarer for BBC, og det er en god disposition, fordi det er en vigtig film, en konsekvent egensindig konstruktion, som fik et stort publikum på CPH:DOX til at give den prisen. Men filmen fik omvendt The Guardian’s meget erfarne Peter Bradshaw til at afvise dens radikale fortællegreb:

“… Director David Sington effectively turns the film over to Yarris (hovedpersonen, red.), who is allowed to narrate the documentary on-camera and control its pace, tone and content. For me, he feels like a ham actor auditioning for the role of himself in a movie version: he delivers what sounds like an overwritten, over-rehearsed monologue in a breathy-mellifluous voice. His story is important, yet the style is mannered. I wondered if it might have been better as an interview, with Sington interrupting him, questioning him, getting more perspective on his (important) story.”

Independent’s Geoffrey Macnab blev lige modsat begejstret over grebet: “…What is fascinating about Sington’s invigorating documentary is that the inmate Nick Yarris recounts his story in his own words. He is formidably articulate, an autodidact who knows how to emphasise all the urgency, suspense, drama and macabre humour in the events that led him to be condemned to die. His account is complemented by reconstructions similar to those found in Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line. This is virtuoso film-making only partially let down by its artifice.”

Jeg fik ikke set The Fear of 13 ved de tidligere lejligheder, så jeg må nu bestemt se det filmværk tirsdag aften, se modet til at konstruere uden om enhver konvention om filmfortælling, se filmen, som åbenbart er genstand for en uenighed på højt niveau om en kunstnerisk problemstilling. Det er på tirsdag 20.45 på DR2 og efterfølgende på DR TV.


After more than 20 years on death row, a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. This film is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling, in effect a one-man play constructed from a four-day interview. In a monologue that is part confessional and part performance, Nick, the sole protagonist, tells a tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama. But as the story unfolds it reveals itself as something much deeper, an emotionally powerful meditation on the redemptive power of love and literature. A final shocking twist casts everything in a new light. (BBC Storyville) (Trailer)


Præsentationen her af David Singtons film er en lettere justering af en tidligere præsentation her på Filmkommentaren.

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Allan Berg Nielsen
Allan Berg Nielsen

Allan Berg Nielsen started the first documentary cinema in Randers, Denmark way back in the 1970’es. He did so at the museum, where he was employed. He got the (16mm) films from the collection of the National Film Board of Denmark (Statens Filmcentral). He organised a film festival in his home city, became a member of the Board of Directors of the Film Board, started to write about films in diverse magazines, were a juror at several festivals and wrote television critiques in the local newspaper. From 1998-2003 Allan Berg was documentary film consultant (commissioning editor) at The Danish Film Institute, a continuation of the Film Board. Since then free lance consultant in documentary matters.

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