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THE FEAR OF 13 (OPENS NOVEMBER 13TH)

Director: DAVID SINGTON

90 minutes, U.K., 2014, Digital


This film was released on Friday 13th November 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Triskaidekaphobia, the titular condition, is just one of many words that convicted murderer Nick used as a mantra-like aide to teach himself to read and write on Death Row. However, as 23 exasperating years go by, he resorts to petitioning the courts to set the date of his execution. As staged by Sington (In the Shadow of the Moon), Nick’s story is presented as a monologue, a one-man-show more reminiscent of theatre than documentary – it is a confession, but it is also a performance. Sington exploits the cinematic opportunities offered by Nick’s astonishing life story, presenting a series of stylised visual responses to his narrative.

The Fear of 13 is much more than an account of one man’s incarceration – it’s an experiment in storytelling, an indictment of the U.S. courts system and a redemptive human tale that grips like a thriller. (Notes by David O’Mahony)

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