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The Confessions of Thomas Quick

  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2015
  • Brian Hill
  • 93 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary about a patient in a psychiatric institute in Sweden who confessed to more than 30 unsolved murders during his therapy sessions. He quickly became known as the country's most infamous serial killer, but evidence gradually emerged that he may not have murdered anyone. Featuring interviews with Quick himself and those connected with the case.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This thriller is no piece of Scandi-noir but is ripped from the real-life headlines that exposed the lurid exploits of Sweden's most notorious serial killer. Given the name Sture Bergwall but taking the moniker of Thomas Quick, as it sounded more like a serial killer, the now elderly subject of director Brian Hill's chilling but fascinating documentary confessed to having murdered 39 people after being committed to a progressive psychiatric institution. His version of events, crucially accompanied by eye-opening archive from the police and the doctors treating him, plunge the viewer into the disturbing and - be warned - ghoulishly graphic past of the long-time patient. The 1990s footage of Quick being all matey with therapists and policemen as he apparently leads them to the graves of his victims is both shocking and ludicrous. But a sharp-intake-of-breath moment then adds a stunning new dimension to this utterly absorbing film, which delivers something entirely unexpected about the human condition.

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DirectorBrian Hill

Details

Theatrical distributor
Picturehouse Entertainment
Released on
2015-08-14
Languages
English | Swedish
Formats
Colour
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