The Ricky Gervais movie The Invention of Lying is the reason why I’m asking this question. This film is set in a world where everybody tells the truth, and sheds a very witty and clever light on the way our lives are made up of fictions and deceits.

The Invention of Lying,Ricky Gervais

While it’s a lightweight, easy watch, The Invention of Lying is also a potentially offensive film and offers deep food for thought.

Let’s face it, in a world without lies, where would religion fit in? How would political campaigns manifest themselves? And…

Ricky Gervais

… what would happen to the film industry?

In a world without lies…

  • … all movies would be documentaries, or biopics or fact-based dramas.
  • …the ‘stars’ of these movies wouldn’t be actors – they’d be people playing themselves.
  • … our celebrity culture would be dominated by reality TV stars since there’d be no actors. (OK, maybe that’s already happened).
  • … there’d be no actor awards – the Oscars would be dominated by the filmmakers, not the film stars.

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  • …there’d be no fantasy dramas, no sci-fi, no oversized monster movies, no fairytales.

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  • …we’d know which movies to avoid because they’d be clearly marketed as dreadful films.

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  • …there’d be no ridiculously-sized cinema snacks. A ‘small’ popcorn or cola would actually be small.
  • And… The Invention of Lying wouldn’t exist.

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The Invention of Lying is showing on Sky Movies Premiere today 13th September at 10pm and at various times throughout the week.