Remember Fyre Festival? That absolute shitshow of a music event that saw convicted fraudsters scam hundreds of people into a wasteland of dodgy tents and unsavoury meals? Well now you, too, can live the Fyre experience via a documentary coming to Netflix, titled Fyre.
The streaming giant just dropped their first trailer that shows behind-the-scenes footage from festivalgoers (very Blair Witch Project-esque) and social media posts to detail what went down on those fateful days that forced celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid to apologise for their involvement.
The trailer uses the famed meme concept of expectation vs. reality to set the scene, starting with a bunch of Instagram models partying and enjoying a luxe experience and ending with the disturbing scenes that made news around the world last year.
“An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival,” Netflix said of the documentary, which premieres early next year. “Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises.”
Chris Smith, who helmed the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond about Jim Carrey on the set of Man on the Moon, directed the “first-hand look into disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organisers themselves.”
Suss out the first trailer below:
Get your exclusive first look at FYRE — a revealing new doc about the insanity and rapid unraveling of Fyre Festival: the greatest party that never happened. Premieres January 18. #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/B4iaR3UJwM
— Queue (@netflixqueue) December 10, 2018
In October, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison on charges related to both the Fyre Festival and other counts of fraud; federal prosecutors called McFarland “the consummate con artist” prior to sentencing.
“The remorse I feel is crushing,” McFarland told the court at the time. “I lived every day with the weight of knowing that I literally destroyed the lives of my friends and family.” In addition, McFarland’s legal team said that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, meaning that he was unable to determine what was right and what was wrong.”
Two Fyre Festival attendees were awarded $5 million in damages following their ordeal.