The Amazing Johnathan Documentary + Satellite Q&A with Louis Theroux and Ben Berman 15

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This film was last shown on 19 November 2019

After the magician "The Amazing Johnathan" is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act.

Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour. But as their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty.

Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Ben delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion. Built into the heart of this quick-witted and highly Meta story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. Issues of negotiation and access become the central threads that reveal, and further cloud, our understanding of this elusive protagonist.

This debut feature is a wild ride that careens off the rails in highly entertaining and unexpected ways.

This screening will include a live satellite Q&A with Louis Theroux and Director Ben Berman.


Ben Berman
1 hour 31 minutes


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