Friday, April 2, 2010

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

Nick Broomfield


The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992) is a documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, made by Nick Broomfield. It documents Broomfield's attempts to interview Wuornos, which involves a long process of mediation through her adopted mother Arlene Pralle and lawyer, Steve Glazer. The film essentially highlights the exploitation of Wuornos by those around her and questions the fairness of her trial, given the vested interests of the police. The film was used by the defense in the Wuornos trial (2001) to highlight the incompetence of Wuornos' original lawyer. It was through this process that Broomfield decided to make a second film, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. Furthermore, for the feature film Monster, Charlize Theron used this film as source material, apparently watching clips in-between takes in order to perfect her character. Theron won an Oscar for her performance, awarded on what would have been Wournos's birthday.


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