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Hulu's 'Fyre Fraud' Documentary Is Finally Screening in Australia

You've seen Netflix's doco — now the other Fyre Festival film finally makes its way to Aussie screens.
By Sarah Ward
May 05, 2019
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Hulu's 'Fyre Fraud' Documentary Is Finally Screening in Australia

You've seen Netflix's doco — now the other Fyre Festival film finally makes its way to Aussie screens.
By Sarah Ward
May 05, 2019
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This time two years ago, across the weekends of April 28–30 and May 5–7, 2017, a new music festival was supposed to take place. Spearheaded by the now-incarcerated Billy McFarland, Fyre Festival was slated to take over a Bahamian island, treat attendees with luxury facilities, boast musicians such as Blink-182 and Major Lazer on the bill, and live up to its plethora of celebrity endorsements. Because model-filled viral marketing campaigns can prove to be just that — glossy marketing — we all know what came next.

If you didn't read about Fyre Festival when it happened (or, to be more accurate, didn't), you probably discovered its shady tactics, wholesale lack of planning, emergency tent setup, paltry cheese sandwiches and all-round failure via Netflix's documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which dropped internationally on the streaming platform in January. Rival service Hulu also released their own take, Fyre Fraud, the very same week — but it hasn't been available to watch in Australia until now.

Channel 7 has now aired Hulu's doco, and also made it available on its online service 7plus. Prepare to step back into a tale so astonishingly ridiculous that it can only be true, featuring everyone from Ja Rule to Bella Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski.

If you're wondering about the difference between Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Fyre Fraud, other than being made by competing streaming services (and by different filmmakers, obviously), that's understandable. They cover similar material, of course. Fyre was also co-produced by Jerry Media, who happen to be the social media agency responsible for promoting Fyre Festival, while Fyre Fraud paid conman McFarland to give a lengthy to-camera interview. Each film has its highlights and flaws; however if you just can't get enough of this trainwreck of an event, or want to keep pondering what it says about today's influencer and FOMO-saturated culture, you'll absolutely want to watch both.

Check out the Fyre Fraud trailer below:

Fyre Fraud is now available to stream on 7plus

Published on May 05, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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