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The Great Hip Hop Hoax
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The Great Hip Hop Hoax
Music Movies

Sep 24 - Sep 26

(Jeanie Finlay, United Kingdom, 2013, DCP, 88 min)

Seattle premiere!

Tuesday, Sep 24 at 07:00PM
Tuesday, Sep 24 at 09:00PM
Wednesday, Sep 25 at 07:00PM
Wednesday, Sep 25 at 09:00PM
Thursday, Sep 26 at 07:00PM
Thursday, Sep 26 at 09:00PM

A compelling documentary about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. When two young Scots named Gavin and Billy got a taste of hip-hop fame in their native land, they took the next logical step and hopped a train to London to audition for an American A&R team. What happened next set in motion a story that must be seen, and heard, to be believed.

After being laughed out of the audition, and dubbed the "hip hop Proclaimers," Billy and Gavin vowed revenge. The pair reinvented themselves as Silibil n' Brains, two skater boys from Huntington Beach, California, and loosed their Frankenstein alter egos upon an unsuspecting world. After months of perfecting their American accents and back stories they had a record deal with Sony and were living the dream in London.

Throughout the drink, drugs and endless groupies, the pair struggled to keep control of their spiraling deception. Director Jeanie Finlay brings their audacious story to life through ingenious animation by Jon Burgerman and abundant archive shots by Bain and Boyd themselves.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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