Audrie & Daisy

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Audrie & Daisy
Audrie & Daisy poster.jpg
Directed by
Produced by
CinematographyJon Shenk
Edited byDon Bernier
Music byTyler Strickland
Actual Films
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) (Sundance)
  • September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) (Netflix)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

Audrie & Daisy is an American 2016 documentary film about two cases of rape of teenage American girls, in 2011 and 2012.


The documentary includes the stories of two American high school students, Audrie Pott of Saratoga, California, and Daisy Coleman of Maryville, Missouri.[1] At the time of the sexual assaults, Pott was 15 and Coleman was 14 years old. After the assaults, the victims and their families were subjected to abuse and cyberbullying.[2][3]

The documentary follows their outcomes through time, social media, court documents, and police investigations. The film's directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, a husband-and-wife team who have teenage children of their own, had been fascinated by the role of social media in teenage lives and were attracted to the subject of the Daisy Coleman story as "a modern-day Scarlet Letter story".[2][3] For over two years, the filmmakers filmed Daisy Coleman and members of her family as they faced both the trauma of Daisy's assault and the hostile reaction of their community.[4] The film also features Maryville sheriff Darren White and Maryville mayor Jim Fall, with the sheriff saying: “Girls have as much culpability” in cases like Daisy's.[5]

Audrie Pott committed suicide in 2012, nine days after the sexual assault. Daisy Coleman went on to co-found SafeBAE (Before Anyone Else), a non-profit organization aimed at ending sexual assaults in schools.[6]

On August 4, 2020, Daisy Coleman also committed suicide after years of fighting depression and trauma. She was 23 years old.[7] Four months later, Coleman's mother, Melinda, was also found dead after committing suicide.[8]


Audrie & Daisy had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2016.[9][10][11] The film was purchased by Netflix for streaming, and was released on September 23, 2016.[12]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Best Animated Special Production Audrie & Daisy Nominated [13]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards December 18, 2016 Best Documentary By or About Women Audrie & Daisy Nominated [citation needed]
Peabody Awards May 20, 2017 Award of merit AfterImage Public Media in association with Actual Films Won [14]


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  1. ^ "'Audrie & Daisy' Explores Social Media Shaming After Sexual Assaults". National Public Radio. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Grady, Pam (24 December 2015). "Film explores tragic pairing of sexual assault and social media". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Drehle, David Von (9 January 2014). "A Cold End to Maryville Sexual Assault Case". Time. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  4. ^ Wakeman, Jessica (23 September 2016). "Life After Sexual Assault: Inside Doc 'Audrie & Daisy'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  5. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (30 January 2016). "Audrie & Daisy review: teenage rape documentary is essential viewing | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  6. ^ "US abuse survivor in Netflix film dies by suicide". BBC News. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  7. ^ Nichols, Mackenzie (5 August 2020). "Daisy Coleman, Star of Netflix Doc 'Audrie & Daisy,' Dies by Suicide at 23". Variety. Archived from the original on 5 August 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  8. ^ Dickson, EJ (7 December 2020). "The Mother of Daisy Coleman From 'Audrie & Daisy' Has Died by Suicide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Audrie & Daisy". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  10. ^ ""Audrie & Daisy": Mother of Audrie Pott, Teen Who Committed Suicide After Assault, Tells Her Story". Democracy Now!. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal". Democracy Now!. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  12. ^ Iqbal, Nosheen (19 September 2016). "Audrie and Daisy: an unflinching account of high-school sexual assault". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  13. ^ "44th Annie Award". Annie Awards. International Animated Film Association. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  14. ^ Miceli, Brandy (5 May 2017). "'Audrie and Daisy' wins Peabody Award". The Mercury News. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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