The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
| Australia, USA
| 2013
| 73 min

Growing up in the segregated south of the USA, Doris Payne went on to become one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves, relieving Cartier and Tiffany’s stores around the world of nearly $2 million in jewels. Now in her 80s, she faces trial for the theft of a diamond ring from a department store. Filmmakers Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina probe beneath her consummate charm to uncover the secrets of her trade and the conditions that drove her to a life of crime. Through candid interviews and stylish reconstructions, this engaging portrait reveals a complex, defiant figure who remains as unapologetic as the day she stole her first carat.

Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
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