q doc­u­men­tary: BIG IN JA­PAN

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Big in Ja­pan (2017) Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary Run­ning Time: 94:59 Di­rec­tor: Lach­lan McLeod Co-di­rec­tors: Louis Dai and David El­liot-Jones Writer, pre­sen­ter and pro­ducer: David El­liot-Jones Ed­i­tor: Louis Dai

Vow­ing to do what­ever it takes to get Big in Ja­pan, 'or­di­nary guy' Dave sets out on an out­ra­geous mis­sion that ul­ti­mately re­veals the se­crets of mod­ern celebrity. A de­cid­edly anti-Hol­ly­wood fame story.

What is fame? Why do we want it? And what does it take for an or­di­nary per­son to get it?

Af­ter hear­ing about the huge de­mand for for­eign tal­ents in Ja­pan, three Aussie film­mak­ers ship their lives to Tokyo on an out­ra­geous DIY mis­sion to make 'or­di­nary' Dave fa­mous.

Along the way, they meet an eclec­tic ensem­ble of gai­jin tar­ento (for­eign tal­ents) at var­i­ous stages of the celebrity jour­ney: a feisty Aussie cross-dresser (Lady­beard), a starry eyed Cana­dian J-pop wannabe (Kelsey Parnigoni) and vet­eran TV sweet­heart, Bob "The Beast" Sapp. But just how far must they go to reach the masses that real celebrity re­quires?

Four years in the mak­ing, Big in Ja­pan is a strange and oddly philo­soph­i­cal fame joyride in the vein of Louis Th­er­oux. A raw and un­flinch­ing take on the na­ture of mod­ern fame, and a wacky ad­ven­ture that pushes friend­ship and re­solve to the brink.

Launch­ing na­tion­ally Jan­uary 3, 2018, the doc­u­men­tary will go on an Aus­tralia-wide screen­ing tour with doc­u­men­tary star Lady­beard and pop cul­ture expo Su­panova.

A strange and oddly philo­soph­i­cal fame joyride in the vein of Louis Th­er­oux, BIG IN JA­PAN is a raw and un­flinch­ing take on the na­ture of mod­ern fame, and a wacky ad­ven­ture that pushes friend­ship and re­solve to the brink.

BIG IN JA­PAN trailer is avail­able to view on­line here: https://vimeo.com/241608310

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