The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

Directed by Ben Berman
2019
USA
91 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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The bizarre, hilarious and totally twisted tale of a magician; and the attempts by one increasingly puzzled filmmaker to document his end-of-life story.

Amazing Johnathan, “the Freddie Kreuger of magicians”, was diagnosed with a heart condition and given just one year to live. Told to retire from the stage, three years later he's still alive and bored, and so elects to go on tour. Filmmaker Ben Berman decided to shoot the magician's improbable comeback, but he clearly hadn't taken into account what it would be like to film a self-proclaimed prankster. After all, as a documentarian you're looking for the truth, but when you're filming an illusionist, just what can you believe? Things get increasingly bizarre, and in the process Ben is forced to question his filmmaking ethics. The result is a strangely entertaining and weird ride.

Laugh-out-loud funny in a way that’s unexpected for a documentary about a deceitful, dying meth-addict magician on his final fumbling tour.
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
An eccentric, wild and gripping goose chase of a film, all the jesters at the center of 'Jonathan Documentary' are fascinating.
Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

Tickets

Wed 5 June
6:15pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
4:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Ben Berman
Producer
Miranda Bailey, Ben Berman, Russell Groves, Amanda Marshall, Jacob Perlin
Cinematographer
Dan Adlerstein, Ben Berman
Editor
Scott Evans, Ben Berman
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Biography, Comedy, Experimental, Filmmaking, Off-Beat
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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