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The man behind Michael Haneke's fake Twitter account revealed at last, plus news of two exciting film seasons

'Haneke' is hidden no more

His tweets fooled Hollywood and stars such as Salman Rushdie, Debra Messing, Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. But he's also been acclaimed as "the best thing on Twitter" amid the carefully choreographed publicity of studio Oscar campaigns. And today, Trash can solve the mystery puzzling the film world: who is the genius behind the fake Michael Haneke Twitter account? The author of the funniest film gags of the awards season is 28-year-old Londoner Benjamin Lee, a journalist and deputy editor of the highly successful ShortList.com. The director of Amour and The White Ribbon has a reputation for austere seriousness but recently, through Lee's hilarious proxy tweets, he has become more famous for his love of KFC, his cat and the fruity chews Skittles.

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