The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but it failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur.
Director: Chris Smith
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In 2017 rapper Ja Rule and Billy McFarland hired a private island in the Bahamas called Normans Cay, and shot a promotional video for an exclusive music festival. “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” investigates what happened and why.
At just shy of 1 hour 40 minutes “Fyre” is just the right length for this documentary, as it is very much straight to the point and has just the right amount of talking head and video footage. The footage is a mix of video captured by the organisers at meetings, footage from the shoot for the promotional video and influencer footage that was shared on social media. Added to this you also have footage from consumers and island residents.
Because the festival was to promote a new app to book artists and celebrities for events, much of the early ideas and the conception of the festival was caught on camera, (presumably as a way to say “Hey look how brilliant we are” once the festival was a success) the documentary is able to show everything from start to finish.
You see a good combination of staff, islanders, investigators and consumers talking about their experiences of the festival organisation, organisers and the effects it had on their lives. However one thing you don’t see which I wish there had of been was any comments from the acts/artists which were due to appear at Fyre.
The takeaway from this documentary is that it is more than a look at a failed festival and why it failed, it is also a look at how social media can influence our lives. In fact, an interesting point that was made was that virtually all it took for most of the tickets to sell out was a few models posting an orange tile picture on Instagram.
Regardless of whether or not you are interested in Fyre festival this documentary is a fascinating look into how one man can dupe so many people yet still have people lining up to invest in his ideas.
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