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Netflix plays with Fyre doc

Global SVoD giant Netflix has acquired Emmy-nominated director Chris Smith’s documentary film about the infamous and highly anticipated Fyre Festival which never took place.

The film, which is being released globally by the streamer on January 18, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular failure of the festival, which had been billed as a must-attend event last year.

Created by disgraced organiser Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music event on a private island in the Bahamas, featuring performances by A-List artists. However, when guests arrived the reality was far from their expectations.

Fyre is written and directed by Smith, the man behind Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, the documentary which explored Jim Carrey’s portrayal of entertainer Andy Kauffman in his 1999 biopic movie Man on the Moon.

The show is produced by Vice Studios’ Danny Gabai, Smith for Library Films and Jerry Media’s Mick Purzycki.

Elsewhere, Netflix has ordered a Christmas special of its hit anime original Aggretsuko, which tells the story of a red panda who alleviates the boredom of her accounting job by singing death metal songs at a karaoke bar each night.

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas is a one-off Christmas episode launching on December 20 and features a punk cover of Jingle Bells. It is produced by Japanese animation studio Fanworks.

Additionally, Netflix has ordered its first African original, Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent who juggles crime fighting with problems in her personal life.

The series will launch globally in 2019 and will star South African actress Pearl Thusi. Confirming the news on Twitter, Thusi said: “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent.”

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