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The Great Gangster Film Fraud

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Documentary about a bankrupt Jordanian entrepreneur and an unemployed Irish actress who hatch a plan to scam £2.5m off the British taxman by faking the production of a £20m movie. But they are found out, arrested and then bailed. While out on bail, they decide to prove their innocence by actually making a film. They hire a former nightclub bouncer, now a self-made micro-budget gangster film director. In 2011, Paul Knight makes their movie for under £100,000 with a cast of soap and gangster movie stars including Danny Midwinter, Marc Bannerman and Loose Women's Andrea McLean. The film's title is A Landscape of Lies. But the cinematic alibi does not convince the jury when the trial runs in 2013. The producers are convicted of tax fraud and given long sentences.

A comic British crime caper and classic heist movie, but in this movie the heist IS the movie. Show less

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Director:
Ben Lewis
Series Editor:
Nick Fraser

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