Hoax

hoax

Directed By: Victoria Mapplebeck
Produced By: Peter Day
Released : 1998
Duration: 50 min
Created For: Channel 4, Arte (France)/ TV2 (Denmark)

A documentary that explores the world of TV subterfuge that undercuts nineties ‘reality’ TV. While viewers steadily develop a healthy skepticism for the truth of documentary making, hoaxers are busily feeding their ever-growing appetite for sensational material. Director Victoria Mapplebeck explores the world of the mad, the bad, and the sad perpetrators behind some notorious fakes. In an uncompromising critique of mainstream ‘reality’ TV, Hoax argues that TV is becoming a representation of the real world, not a record of it.