Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 25 Jun 2006
Cert: Not Rated
Since the premiere of his groundbreaking 1978 film, Gates of Heaven, Academy Award winner Errol Morris has indelibly altered our perception of the non-fiction film, presenting to audiences the mundane, bizarre and history-making with his own distinctive élan. A unique artist with an unsparing eye for truth and the outer limits of human behaviour, the three films collected here cemented his extraordinary reputation. Alerted by a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran: "450 Dead Pets To Go To Napa", Morris decided to follow the story in Gates of Heaven, uncovering the tale of two potential pet cemeteries. One set up by the idealistic Floyd McClure at the intersection of two superhighways fails; the second, set up by the Harbert family who apply the latest marketing concepts to the pet cemetery profession thrives. Morris’ second feature set out to document the inhabitants of a sleepy swamp town who lop off their limbs for insurance money. "They literally became a fraction of themselves to become whole financially," Morris commented. When his subjects threatened to murder him, he re-thought the project and came back with Vernon, Florida, a delightful and truly original portrait of the town’s most eccentric inhabitants. The Thin Blue Line perhaps remains Morris’ most controversial and well-known work. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was to be executed. Featuring slick re-enactments, lush visuals and a pulsating Philip Glass score, The Thin Blue Line represents a landmark moment in documentary filmmaking and remains a profoundly influential work.