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Most documentary filmmakers wish to persuade you that the story they’re telling is vital. However Theo Love, director of the brand new Netflix documentary “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” mentioned he was interested in his subject material for the alternative purpose.

“A number of the documentary subject material that we had been contemplating and that we noticed on the market was fairly darkish and really, very painfully vital,” Love advised me. “I needed to make one thing that wasn’t vital in any respect. I needed to make one thing that was type of only a foolish story and that was only for leisure.”

As Love explains within the newest episode of the Authentic Content material podcast, “Cocaine Island” tells the story of Rodney Hyden, a middle-aged man with no drug-trafficking expertise who learns about hundreds of thousands of {dollars} value of cocaine that’s supposedly buried on a Caribbean island.

Hyden really performs himself within the movie — not simply as an interview topic, however in reenactments of key moments within the story. Love defined that selection as “a mix of necessity meets inspiration.”

“Look, that is an indie movie, and we didn’t have an enormous funds to get Jack Black or John Goodman to do the recreations,” he mentioned. “However after we met Rodney, it was fairly clear from the get-go that he might do [them]. He simply had that sort of charisma, that you just needed to look at him.”

And whereas the movie was made independently earlier than being picked up by Netflix (which additionally gave the documentary its present title), Love mentioned he was eager about the streaming service from the beginning.

“I imply, documentaries actually modified due to Netflix,” he mentioned. “And the viewers that documentaries are getting has modified drastically during the last decade due to Netflix. They’ve introduced documentaries to the lots.”

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