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Out of the Dark

Television (Full Length) – 1996

Adults only

This documentary follows the police investigation that lead to the capture and imprisonment of South Auckland rapist Joseph Thompson. He was the first serial rapist convicted in New Zealand. Using re-enactments and in depth interviews with police, the Keith Hunter-directed doco examines how the relatively new technology of DNA matching and criminal profiling led to the arrest of Thompson in 1995. Viewers are not spared details of his long-lasting and brutal rampage which targeted girls as young as 10. Thompson was eventually sentenced to over 30 years in prison.

The blueprints had worked, perfectly complimenting each other. A single suspect had been isolated from a population of a million.
– Narrator

Key Cast & Crew

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George Andrews


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Tim Woodhouse


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Andy Coleman

Camera Operator

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Keith Hunter

Director, Writer, Narrator

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Ben Swann


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Phillipa Fraser


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