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A True Story (2013)

A True Story. Based on Things That Never Actually Happened. ...And Some That Did. (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 September 2013 (USA)
Mike and Matt own nothing and share everything, including their life's work, a screenplay, which seems to be their only escape from the harsh reality that is the Hollywood machine.


Malcolm Goodwin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katrina Bowden ... Deanna
Jon Gries ... Richard Simpkins
Malcolm Goodwin ... Jason
Cameron Fife ... Mike
Tyler McGee ... Matt
Keith Loneker ... Skinny Pete
Kelen Coleman ... Karen
Chelsea Logan ... Rachel
Sugar Lyn Beard ... Amanda
Chuck Bradley ... Jason's Assistant
Andy Anderson Andy Anderson ... Trevor
Bradford H. Benoit Bradford H. Benoit ... Brad
Tommy O'Rourke ... Tommy
Jimmy Guidish Jimmy Guidish ... Jimmy
Nick Ceglio Nick Ceglio ... Bum


Mike and Matt own nothing and share everything, including their life's work, a screenplay which seems to be their only escape from the harsh reality that is the Hollywood machine. Mike and Matt's friendship is put to the test as they fight to maintain their integrity amongst Hollywood's biggest temptations; money, greed, and slutty ex-girlfriends. Written by Francis Drew

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5 Minutes
Performed by Mr. Adventures
Written by Adam Brooks & Callaway Alexander
Vocals by Adam Brooks, Callaway Alexander & Andy Fischer-Price
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Engaging look at the underbelly of Hollywood written, acted and produced by two anti-establishment bright sparks
21 September 2013 | by jegpadSee all my reviews

I love films which have an independent, rebellious nature, seemingly untainted by the power of the Hollywood factory.

The story is of two struggling writers in Hollywood weaving their own experiences into the first script they hope to sell. The comic consequences of being broke, the heartbreak caused by a heartless harlot and the testing of their friendship all provide great food for thought.

Tyler McGee and Cameron Fife have their hand in every stage of this film - producing, writing, acting the leads, editing and original music.

Malcolm Goodwin directs brilliantly as well as acting and editing, making for a very close collaboration with all involved.

The result is a very tight script, excellent storyline and great score. The direction keeps the pace as snappy as the dialogue and Goodwin and the cameramen use lots of natty techniques to enhance what would otherwise be simple talking-head scenes. Really impressive, especially considering filming was completed within a few weeks for under $50k!

The skill of the actors is captivating, everyone keeps the scenes totally believable, showing that budgets are irrelevant when you have a strong cast, good story and skilled technicians.

A terrific cock-a-snook at the Hollywood establishment and highly recommended.

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20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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$45,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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