The Promise


The cold-blooded murders of Nancy and Dereck Haysom shocked the world in 1985. Their daughter Elizabeth’s 90-year sentence as accomplice and the life sentence for double murder given to Jens Soering, Elizabeth’s German boyfriend, disturbed society. Their case was the first criminal trial broadcasted live on TV.

After 30 years in jail, new forensic techniques discredit the key evidence against Soering. Nobody believed him when he explained that Elizabeth was the author of the crime and that he had pled guilty to the police to prevent his loved one from being executed.

A tragic adolescent love story with ingredients from the best crime drama: an obsessive mystery, horror, unexpected turns, and cynicism towards the judicial system.


Karin Steinberger studied at the Deutsche Journalistenschule Munich. She has been working for the prestigious Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), the leading broadsheet paper in Germany, since 2001.  She has received several awards for her articles. Together with Marcus Vetter she made the documentary Hunger, which won the Robert Geisendörfer Preis 2011. The Promise is their third project together.

Marcus Vetter began working as an editor, producer and director after graduating with a degree in Economics followed by another in Media Theory and Practice. His films have received attention at national and international film festivals and won numerous prizes. His most famous films are The Tunnel, The Battle for Bruckmann, My Father the Turk and The Forecaster.

The Promise

Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter

Germany (2016)



Language: English, Germany


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