The Case for 13 WEB

February Doc Soup: THE FEAR OF 13

Year 2015
Runtime 96 mins

After 23 years on Death Row a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed.

Constructed from a single four-day long interview, THE FEAR OF 13 tells the story of Nick Yarris, a convict facing the electric chair after he is accused of rape and murder. 

As Nick – the sole subject featured in the film – shares his story, it becomes clear that this case is not quite what it seems. The role of postconviction DNA testing becomes the central focus of Nick's fight to prove his innocence. 

In a monologue that is part confessional and part performance, the unique storytelling device unfolds into a psychological thriller, with a shocking twist that casts everything in a new light.


United Kingdom
BFI London Film Festival 2015, Doc NYC 2015, CPH: Docs 2015
David Sington
Executive Producer
Arthur S. DeMoulas, David Macias, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend
David Sington, Christopher Riley
Clive North
Robert Sternberg, David Fairhead, Horatio Queiro
Philip Sheppard
Vince Watts