The Truman Show and The Rise of Unreality TV

A new video essay offers an insightful reappraisal of Peter Weir’s eerily prophetic media satire.


Leigh Singer


When The Truman Show was released in June, 1998, it seemed a work of satirical science-fiction. Today, it’s more a cautionary tale, a sign of our media-saturated times. But to what extent was Peter Weir’s film prescient in its depiction of mass surveillance, reality television and the erosion of the gap between public and private life?

In this new video essay, Leigh Singer offers an insightful reappraisal of one of the definitive films of the 1990s, exploring many of the searching questions raised by this story of a man (played by a career-best Jim Carrey) who discovers his entire life is being lived out as a television show.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts on The Truman Show with us @LWLies

Published 5 Jun 2018

Tags: Jim Carrey Peter Weir

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