Starsuckers is a controversial documentary that exposes the celebrity obsessed media. A darkly humorous film that explains the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on corporations and people who profit from it.
Made completely independently over two years in secret, the film uses a combination of never before seen the footage, undercover reporting, stunts, and animation, revealing the toxic effect the media is having on our children.
When Max Clifford found out filmmakers had stung him boasting about his clients on hidden camera, he hired the infamous law firm Carter-Ruck and threatened to injunct the documentary, which would have prevented its release.
Chris Atkins exposes how celebrity news with no basis, in fact, gets into newspapers, how parents will eagerly sign away the image rights to their kids, and how certain mass scale charity events end up helping the celebrities far more than the causes they designed to support.
The film is presented as a series of five lessons on fame in the modern world:
1. How children are persuaded that fame is something they want.
2. How television and the media reinforce the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it.
3. How the mind and body reinforce our need to follow the activities of well-known people.
4. How the press became addicted to celebrity coverage.
5. How the art of promoting fame has led to celebrities and their handlers controlling the press instead of the media having said.