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About Lizzie 💬

  • Remember her name.

Lizzie Andrew Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history.

  • On August 4, 1892, everything changed.

LIZZIE is a psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 axe murder of the Borden family in Fall River, Massachusetts.

  • There are two sides to every story.

Did she or didn't she? Murderer or victim? Accomplice or bystander?

  • Her legend is written in blood.

The film explores Lizzie Borden's life, focusing on the period leading up to the murders and their immediate aftermath - and reveals many layers of the strange, fragile woman who stood accused of the brutal crime.

''Every man with a pulse has enemies.''

Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden

As an unmarried woman of 32, and a social outcast, Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) lives a claustrophobic life under her father's (Jamey Sheridan) cold and domineering control.

''You're an abomination.''

Jamey Sheridan as Andrew Borden

When Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.


I first became aware of Lizzie Borden and the savage murder of her father and stepmother as a child. I was raised in a small New England town close to Fall River where the Bordens had lived. My mother collected and sold antiques, and the top floor of our house was filled with old furniture covered in white sheets; fertile ground for my brother and me to tell each other made up tales of the murders staged in our house, and the ghosts of the victims that still haunted our halls. Lizzie Borden was often referenced in these stories. She was a dark spark of inspiration in our attempts to terrify one another.

As I grew older, Lizzie continued to linger in my imagination, but I became less intrigued by the brutality, and more focused on understanding what set of circumstances could have led to that gruesome act? It is precisely this backstory that I wanted to explore in LIZZIE: to understand her in both a historical and psychological context, to explore the framework of her potential motivation, and, if she did in fact commit these murders, to question how such dangerous impulses might begin to manifest in someone.

I approached the material with the hope that you could watch the film and still wonder whether she was in fact a sociopath, or whether she was just a broken soul forced to do what was necessary. I wanted to bring the audience very close to Lizzie and her life, to put them in the room with her so that their assessment of her circumstances would feel almost first person rather than removed and dispassionate. To that end, I placed an emphasis on Lizzie's everyday routine, and the stillness and claustrophobia of her home, allowing the narrative to unfold with measured restraint and an escalating sense of dread. As a result, there is an intentional awareness of the camera that, at times, lingers in uninterrupted takes allowing the viewers' eyes to wander within the frame, observing details that might otherwise go unnoticed - encouraging introspection and the uncomfortable feeling that you're invading the characters' privacy. It is in the subtle, menacing, manipulation of the ordinary that I believe our truest fears are revealed - when the circumstances, though awful, are grounded in realism.

Craig William Macneill

Lizzie Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Craig William Macneill

Writing Credits

Bryce Kass


Chloë Sevigny

Kristen Stewart

Kim Dickens

Fiona Shaw

Jamey Sheridan

Denis O'Hare

Jeff Perry

Tara Ochs

Music by

Jeff Russo

Cinematograph by

Noah Greenberg

Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: United States

Lizzie Official Trailer

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