‘The incredible true story of a man who lived for 15 months trapped inside a small room, naked, starving and alone… and completely unaware that his life was being broadcast on national TV to over 17 million viewers a week.’
I absolutely loved working with Misfits & director Clair Titley on ‘The Contestant’. It was the perfect antidote after three years of editing from home, on some very emotionally demanding content. That isn’t to say that ’The Contestant’ is a lightweight film, but it is entertaining and uplifting. Nasubi and producer Toshio Tsuchiya are compelling and honest antagonists, questioning their part in the early days of reality TV. It reminds us of the power and responsibility wielded by media creators, and of our complicity as viewers.
Andee Ryder, Ian Bonhôte & Megumi Inman
Hamatsu Tomoaki (aka Nasubi) and Toshio Tsuchiya