False Confessions

Katrine Philp, Denmark, 2018

91 min.DK/Documentary

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Each year innumerable American suspects do, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. Defence attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen is determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that all too often pressure innocent people into false confessions. The film follows four of her cases, all involving false confessions, and examines the psychological aspect of how people end up confessing to crimes they have not committed and the consequences of these confessions – for those accused, for their families and for society at large.
Basic information Credits
Original title False Confessions
Danish title False Confessions
Other titles False Confessions
Keywords USA, Crimes, Police, Police work, Interrogation, interrogations, Lies, Confessions, Psychology, 2010-2019
Director Katrine Philp
Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Director of Photography Adam Philp, Talib Rasmussen
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen, Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Jonas Colstrup
Appearance Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, Malthe Thomsen, Korey Wise, Renay Lynch
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 11.09.2018, Filmcentralen
Comment Winner of the Special Jury Award at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Audience Award at CPH:DOX. Katrine Philp previously premiered her film 'Home Sweet Home' (2015) at IDFA. Her debut film, 'Dance for Me' (2012), screened at IDFA and was nominated for an Emmy.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Good Company Pictures
Co-production TV2, NDR, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Women Make Movies, Rogovy Foundation, Dansk Skuespillerforbund
In collaboration with Yes Docu, NRK, VGTV
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Katrine Philp


Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Co-producer Reinhardt Beetz
Co-producer Paul Wiederhold
Production manager Daniel Buresch
Production assistant Signe Skov Thomsen
Production assistant Maria Helga Stürup
Producer consultant Julie Goldman
Producer consultant Christopher Clements
Post Producer Jakob Schaumburg
Executive producer Eric Friedler
Executive producer Boris Benjamin Bertram
Executive producer Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Cinematographer Adam Philp
Cinematographer Talib Rasmussen
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Katrine Philp
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Adam Michael Jandrup


Still photographer Judith T. Lynch
Still photographer Rinaldo Ray Moss


Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Editing supervisor Mary Manhardt
Editing supervisor Adam Nielsen
Trailer editor Anders Villadsen
Trailer editor Morten Højbjerg
Technical support Jeppe Hansen


Composer Jonas Colstrup


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Mixer Peter Albrechtsen
Mixer Lars Halvorsen
B-sound designer Jacques Pedersen
B-sound designer Lars Halvorsen
Sound assistant Mikkel Nielsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley editor Pietu Korhonen
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Grading Kaj Ivanovic


Appearance Jane Fisher-Byrialsen
Appearance Malthe Thomsen
Appearance Korey Wise
Appearance Renay Lynch
Appearance Lorenzo Montoya
Appearance Saul Kassin
Appearance Jason Flom
Appearance Kaitlin F. Nares
Appearance Rinaldo Ray Moss
Appearance David Fisher-Byrialsen
Appearance Michael Lawandus
Appearance India B. Henderson
Appearance Deborah Royal
Appearance Matthew Marvin
Appearance Jay Salpeter
Appearance Raquel Hunter
Appearance Jackson Fisher-Byrialsen
Appearance Liv Fisher-Byrialsen
Appearance Rayna Moss
Appearance Raymond Moss
Appearance Raymar Moss

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