THIS IS NOT A DOCUMENTARY.
THIS IS FICTION™.
Season 1 of This Is Fiction™, follows five subcultures over a period of 24 hours, through their life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each episode - roughly five minutes long and acting as a puzzle piece within four parts of the overall series - will entertain you, confuse you, surprise you, build your stereotypes, break them and generally make you question why this show is so addictive, especially when you're still trying to figure it out.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
REAL PEOPLE. REAL LIVES.
Being on screen is an extremely select and bias portrayal of who we are as individuals. This is also an important truth that the viewer tends to ignore when watching 'reality'. Throughout the series, the fictional elements of documentary filmmaking are revealed through the characters' interaction with both camera and film-maker. Who we are on screen really is a ‘presentation of a representation, of the real thing’ - Nawty Ryma. More straightforwardly - these are real people, in their real lives, followed around by a camera, which is attached to a person. Like all film-makers, this person has built a narrative of her choosing, resulting in a fictionalised account of reality, that gives you more insight into the truth than had it been accurate. The characters become actors in a directed narrative, that they didn't know they were building and so have become fictional caricatures of the subculture stereotypes they represent. Get it?
SETTING THE SCENE
Director, Dominique Little, set out to make a series that would break down the barriers of fear and otherness, amidst millennials. Believing that empathy leads to unity and unity leads to change, This Is Fiction™ introduces you to yourself, whilst introducing you to your neighbour. Exploring social norms through the eyes of stereotypes, as a means by which to break them. This Is Fiction™ is as much a critique on the perception of reality, choices and accountability in escapist culture, as it is a commentary on the topics more explicitly dealt with in each episode. The series uses a constructed blend of fiction and documentary, breaking convention so as to get as close to the truth as viewer perception allows. The weaving together of unscripted conversation, creates a disjointed yet harmonious narrative, flavoured with humour and the raw antics of the daily hustle.
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