Review: Catfish (Film)

 

“In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” – Taken from (youtube.com/watch?v=BuE98oeL-e0)

The film Catfish is a ‘documentary’ based upon the life of a photographer Yaniv Schulman (known as Nev) who is based in New York. There is some controversy as to whether the film is real or staged, but which it is, is it a great film! I was completely captured for the full 86 minutes following every twist and turn in the story.

There is a great use of incorporating different media such as Google maps, Facebook Messages, texts, and phone calls – by including these the creators have made the film feel a lot more personal as well as making the audience feel as though they are apart of the film. The film also raises many of the discussion points about Facebook and our online ‘social lives’, such as do you really know who is behind the profile picture?

I would definitely recommend this film because you wouldn’t expect the film to turn out how it does after watching the trailer, also there are definitely some lessons to learn from the film too!

– Esjae x

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