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EVENT | BFI Film Academy Labs... Curse of the Chippendales - Stripping Production Bare

Monday 24 Jan 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

A special case study of the legalities of bringing a hot true crime drama to the screen.

True crime stories are going through a strong renaissance at the moment, especially in the world of streaming services. Their complex, bizarre and surprising tales of murder, deception and human error are often gripping views. When capturing a great cold case or the scandalous dark side of an industry, it’s not just access and footage you must worry about. Every huge revelation that a show like this must carry brings its own share of legal complications and woes.

 ‘Curse Of The Chippendales’ is a four-part docuseries about the rapid rise in popularity of Chippendales, the male strip club that started in Los Angeles in 1979 and ended up with shows and clubs all over the U.S. It’s a tale of success, paranoia, murder and more. It is the perfect story to highlight several the challenges and loopholes that any documentary maker may find themselves in.

We invite you to join us for a very special zoom talk ‘Stripping Production Bare’ that will use this exciting new series as its jumping off point to talk about the finer details of productions so that your true crime doc doesn’t end up the focus of an investigation itself. 

Media law experts Suzanne Lavery (Lightbox) and Anthony Doherty will be presenting this fascinating talk which is a must for all aspiring film makers!

Suzanne is the executive producer on Curse of the Chippendales, and also exec produced ‘Sophie: A Murder In West Cork,’ ‘The Naked Truth’ and ‘Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story.’ Anthony has worked with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Discovery, A+E, CNN, Channel 4 and the BBC and was production counsel for Sacha Baron Cohen's Golden Globe nominated series, 'WHO IS AMERICA?'  

 Book your tickets today to receive the zoom link for the event.


BFI Film Academy Labs are delivered in Northern Ireland by the Nerve Centre in partnership with Queens Film Theatre and Film Hub NI. BFI Film Academy is supported by the National Lottery.