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Rough Diamond

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID KNIGHT – THE MAKING OF A CRIMINAL MIND

The true story of a stolen diamond, an Old Master painting, an IRA ransom, a clairvoyant and the young working class man who refused to live an ordinary life after being falsely imprisoned.

 

 

In 1965 David Knight was arrested for stealing the large, uncut, ‘Colenso Diamond’ from the Natural History Museum in London. Put on trial at The Old Bailey, he was found guilty based solely on the testimony of two Flying Squad detectives, who were later convicted of corruption.

Protesting his innocence, David unsuccessfully fought to clear his name and served 3 years for a crime he did not commit.
Having learnt in prison how to be a real criminal, he then masterminded the theft of a famous painting by Vermeer; a crime he was to get away with, scot -free.

Story arc:

London after WW2
Inequalities in British Society – the class divide

Introducing David Knight
The Colenso Diamond theft
Wrongful conviction / innocence
The Vermeer theft and the bizarre nature of its recovery 

Other colourful criminal “capers”
Prison as institution and effects on inmates
The letters to celebrities and world leaders

The criminal mind: insane or loveable rogue?
A man’s life ruined?

 

 

A STAND-ALONE FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY OR A 6 EPISODE TV SERIES:

 

Seeking development partnerships – we own all rights for this project.

(pitch deck available)

For all enquiries contact:

Richard Carroll:

UK cell: +44 7785 703525

development@carrollfilm.com

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