Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Biography of a bisexual serial killer
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Year: 1992
Duration: 87 min
Language: UK/English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Writer: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Jesse ‘The Human Bomb’ Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball, Steve Glazer, Sgt. Brian Jarvis, Michael McCarthy, Dick Mills, Arlene Pralle, Mike Reynolds, Aileen Wuornos

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Aileen Wuornos The Selling of a Serial Killer

Chilling, disturbing, and maddening, this documentary examines the life of America’s first female serial killer after her incarceration. Documentarian Nick Broomfield interviews a rather pathetic Aileen Wuornos, looking wan in her orange prison jumpsuit and sounding none too bright. Those around her, including her eccentric, born-again Christian lawyer, come across as moral criminals, using and abusing the media limelight for personal gain.

Known for exposing the creepy and the crass, Broomfield simply turns on his camera and steps back. It does not take long before we are able to discern who is helping Wuornos, and who is trying to cash in on her notoriety. The downside of a Broomfield production is that he is almost a one-man show, and the lack of a budget is sometimes painfully apparent. Still, this is one of his best, both for the subject matter and the questions he raises.

Wuornos was bisexual. (CJ)