This year’s Big Screen Symposium explores exceptional film and television as a dance with authenticity and pretence.
The challenge when creating authentic film and television is that it is founded on pretence – a form of invention that everyone wants in on. The filmmaker asks her audience to have poetic faith, to accept the fiction or construction as reality. After all, story and performance are acts of make-believe, best at their most honest.
This year we play with these inherent contradictions, questioning why we are preoccupied with authenticity, how we can craft work real enough to get under an audience’s skin, and how and why we hide or expose the smoke and mirrors.