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The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne


As Doris stands trial for the theft of a diamond ring, we uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. The film reveals how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from New York to Monte Carlo and walk out with small fortunes. Doris is exposed as a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and creates her own version of the American Dream.


  • Nobody can tell a story like Payne herself. She does so with gusto.
    Linda Barnard, THE TORONTO STAR
  • Buyer buzz should ignite for world-preeming U.S. doc features like… Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina’s “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” (about the international jewel thief with a six-decade track record)
    Jennie Punter, VARIETY
  • Unsurprisingly, Payne's life story is currently set to be made into a film starring Halle Berry, who has her work cut out for her if she's going to inhabit the devilishly charming Miss Doris Payne. Before that becomes an inevitable awards season event, don't miss this opportunity to get to know the real Doris Payne in this consistently engaging picture.
    Scott A. Gray, EXCLAIM.CA

Festival Participation

  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2013
  • Ojai Film Festival, USA - 2013
    Best Documentary Award
  • Bermuda Documentary Film Festival, Bermuda - 2013
  • Austin Film Festival, USA - 2013
    Audience Award
  • Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia - 2013
    Audience Choice Award
  • Arclight Documentary Festival, USA - 2013
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Tallgrass Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Woodstock Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Hardacre Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Gimli Film Festival, Canada - 2013
  • HotDocs Documentary Festival, Canada - 2013

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