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.
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…
… 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.
- …there’d be no fantasy dramas, no sci-fi, no oversized monster movies, no fairytales.
- …there’d be no hoaxes, or news stories about potential hoaxes such as Casey Affleck’s documentary I’m Still Here.
- …we’d know which movies to avoid because they’d be clearly marketed as dreadful films.
- …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.
The Invention of Lying is showing on Sky Movies Premiere today 13th September at 10pm and at various times throughout the week.