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‘Unknown White’ Hoax?

'Unknown White' Hoax?

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(A photo I took during the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. Here is Sophie Bouchart from Wellspring and Uknown White Male director Rupert Murray.)

In Variety, Ian Mohr takes a close look at a PR blur making the rounds over the upcoming Wellspring release, Unknown White Male. The documentary, directed by Rupert Murray, follows the amazing story of a Brit named Doug Bruce recovering from amnesia in New York City. As I chronicled when I saw it at the L.A. Film Festival, it’s a story full of so many fascinating elements it’s almost unbelievable. Well, apparently, the question of validity has popped up on the eve of the film’s national theatrical release. As the Variety article details:

“The film was made by extremely legitimate documentary professionals who would not jeopardize their careers to perpetrate a fraud,” Wellspring’s Guirgis said. “There’s no chance that the movie’s a fake. Is there a chance that (Bruce) is faking? We are all inherently cynics. I haven’t given him a lie detector test, but he has nothing to gain, and we are operating under the fact that the movie is real. If it’s going to make people more interested in seeing the film, they can judge for themselves.”

Since I consider the film’s rep (Josh Braun), the entire gang at Wellspring, and even some of the filmmakers personal friends… I will go with whatever they say. But, as the article includes, given the recent media frenzy surrounding literary hoax figures such as J.T. LeRoy, it will be interesting to witness how this plays out.

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