A Perfect Fake
The fantasy of creating life is as old as civilization. Myths and stories abound that speak to man’s desire to bring life to inanimate matter. Ovid, in the Metamorphosis, tells of the sculptor Pygmalion, a man who fell in love with his statue, the ‘ivory virgin’ Galatea.
A Perfect Fake is a 60-minute film that looks at the persistence of this myth in the modern world. The film takes us into the world of men who have chosen to reject the reality of human sexual companionship in order to pursue emotional and physical relationships with a variety of erotic surrogates and simulations. The film looks at the emerging market for ‘hyper-realistic’ simulations of real women, through the lens of the emerging new world of computer-generated virtual pornography and erotica. The film also takes the viewer into the strange and disturbing world of men who have chosen to share their lives with life-size female ‘love dolls’. These dolls are companions, confidants and sexual partners, and to the men who own and love them, each ‘girl’ is as unique as a snowflake.
The fantasy of creating life is as old as civilization.
1 x 1 Hour | CBC Newsworld | 2005
- Silver Plaque, The Chicago International Television Awards, 2005