One of the few directors we’d trust to guide us through the web of lies at the centre of The Great Hip Hop Hoax documentary is our dearest of filmmaking friends Jeanie Finlay. Jeanie joined us for a pre-SXSW World Premiere chat about making her bromance gone wrong feature and how she went about documenting the truth when her lead protagonists were self-confessed liars of epic proportions.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)
Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. What no-one knew was the pair were really students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. The American dream, told by people who’d never even been to America.
There was a moment at the beginning of the film where I just thought, “Well am I being lied to & what am I being lied to about?”