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The Contestant

Written and directed by British documentarian Clair Titley, this chilling film revisits a shocking reality TV stunt that took place in Japan in the late 1990s. Examining the exploitative nature of reality TV and the notion of celebrity culture more broadly, the outrageous events are rehashed, using the original and often unbelievable footage. Produced by London-based Misfits Entertainment.

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For more than a year, a man is trapped inside a tiny room, tasked with filling out magazine sweepstakes to earn food and clothing. Unbeknownst to him, his life is being broadcast on national Japanese television to over seventeen million viewers a week.