Series 7: The Contenders

D: Daniel Minahan
Film4/Blowup/Killer (Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Christine Vachon & Katie Roumel)
US 2000
87 mins


W: Daniel Minahan
DP: Randy Drummond
Ed: Malcolm Jamieson
Mus: Girls Against Boys

Brooke Smith (Dawn Lagarto), Glenn Fitzgerald (Jeffrey Norman), Mary-Louise Burke (Connie Trabucco), Richard Venture (Franklin James), Michael Kaycheck (Anthony Reilly), Merritt Weaver (Lindsey Berns)        

An intelligent and unashamedly smug satire on reality TV, in which six strangers participate in a television show in which the winner is the last person standing.
Presented as a mix between documentary and black comedy, it's an interesting film which works very well for the most part, but then fades towards the end. 
The cast is made up of lesser known actors, which almost make it feel more realistic, despite its far-fetched premise.

Series 7: The Contenders
Series 7: The Contenders