The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
“A peppy and beguiling portrait” – The New York Times
“NNNN – A Must See” – NOW Magazine
The world’s most charismatic jewel thief is back in town! After a massively successful World Premiere at Hot Docs, and an unparalleled International Festival run, “Diamond Doris” returns to Toronto, as The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, opens theatrically on June 20 at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne probes beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Romanticized recreations, an extensive archive, and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream.
“We’ve always thought this feel-good crime story, with no drugs or violence will resonate with a broad audience because of its universal themes and polarizing characters,” says filmmaker Kirk Marcolina, “and who doesn’t love a naughty old lady?”
“We’ve attempted to go beyond the world of diamonds and glamour to explore race, power and authority without being didactic,” adds co-director Matthew Pond, “and so we’re excited and slightly nervous to see whether audiences connect with the film.”
Recently in the news, the 60-year career of the glamorous, and unapologetic octogenarian is still far from over. Having stolen an estimated $2 million in jewels over the decades, Payne has all but given up on her heists, most recently resulting in a four year sentence, after pleading guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft in Riverside County, California.
Directors Marcolina and Pond are both award-winning filmmakers. Marcolina produced and directed Camp Out, which tells the story of the first Bible Camp for gay teens. Currently, Marcolina is producing, Limited Partnership, a feature documentary about the couple who, in 1975, filed the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for same-sex marriage in U.S. history. Pond directed and co-produced the Inside Film award-winning short documentary film, Undressing Vanessa, and was the associate producer and consulting producer, respectively, on Tying the Knot and Four Seasons Lodge.