EVER FELT LIKE YOUR LIFE WAS A TV SHOW?
Have you ever noticed how people will believe anything they hear about celebrities? Especially if it’s negative. This is one of the reasons hoax documentaries have become popular in recent times. The majority of people are unaware that reality shows are largely written and even some documentaries. So there’s no better hoax documentary than one about a reality TV host who begins to suspect that he’s unknowingly the subject of a reality show. But unlike in the film The Truman Show, he’s wrong.
Is there a more perfect person to suffer this than Mike Goldman? His life is reality TV. His father was the first person on colour TV. His entire family are in show business. He’s grown up around the cameras. His big break was on Big Brother, the biggest reality show of them all. A show that literally drives contestants to paranoia because they know someone is always watching.
The story will begin as a documentary on Mike’s life. He takes us through his childhood, his break out success on Big Brother and what he’s doing now. Mike jumps from job to job, but he’s unfulfilled, he desperately wants to be a film actor but no one takes him seriously. He struggles to break out of the reality TV show shadow.
As Mike quests to get back into the limelight, the sneaking suspicion that he already is builds. Mike’s delusion escalates till he isn’t sure what is and isn’t real anymore. Has the director set it all up? How long has it been going on? The more success Mike begins to have the worse everything gets. He becomes unsure of himself. Why would everything start going his way now? He even begins to think that all his family and friends are actors.
Mike begins searching for proof that his life is nothing but an elaborate TV show, ending three different ways. By mixing Mike’s real life goal of landing a dramatic role in a film with a fabricated story about Mike’s growing paranoia, we’ll be able to give the film a real documentary feel.
Unlike most hoax documentaries, by the end of this film it will be revealed that it isn’t real. The audience will leave knowing everything, but hopefully, there’ll be this sneaking suspicion that maybe it’s not such a farfetched idea. Maybe they’ll look over their shoulder a few times. Looking for a camera. Because someone is always watching.