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Real Movies Fake History with Gaz and Mel

Real Movies Fake History is a podcast about movies, history and the truth in between. On each episode Gaz and Mel discuss, debate and dissect a single movie based on a true story to determine whether the history it portrays is accurate. Join us as we talk about Hollywood, history, and the truth in between.

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Hotel Rwanda

Mel and Gaz discover the true story behind the movie Hotel Rwanda (2004). We dive into the tragic story of the genocide and learn about it's historical context. It's a powerful story about family, division, political corruption, and the repercussions of colonial history. But is it accurate to the real history? Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 37mins

26 May 2021

Rank #1

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Pride

Discover the true story of the movie Pride (2014). Gaz and Mel take on the real story of how a brave group of gay and lesbian activists unite to raise money for the families affected by the British Miners’ Strike. It is 1984 and Margaret Thatcher is in power. A powerful story about unionism, feminism, homophobia, and much more. But is it accurate to the real history? Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 38mins

10 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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The Intouchables

What's the real history behind the wonderful, feel-good French hit The Intouchables? This time Gaz and Mel travel to France to talk about the beautiful friendship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. Join us as we discuss the true story behind the movie, whether or not the police chase really happened, and why this movie became one of the most successful comedies of all time. Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 35mins

5 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Spartacus

How historically accurate is Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus? This time Gaz and Mel dive into the Hollywood classic about the slave that took on the Roman Empire! Starring Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton. Join us as we discuss the real history of the slave rebellion, why the original director had to be fired, and of course that infamous Oysters and Snails scene. Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 50mins

5 Feb 2021

Rank #4

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The Sapphires

How historically accurate is Wayne Blair's musical comedy The Sapphires? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story behind the amazing ladies who sang soul music to the troops in Vietnam. Join us as we discuss 1960s Australia, the secret Tupperware Parties men where never invited to, the soul music of the era, and, of course, the Vietnam War. Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 31mins

24 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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The Death of Stalin

How historically accurate is Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story of Stalin's last days and compare it to its critically acclaimed film adaptation. Join us as we discuss the dark history of the Soviet Union, the monster that was Lavrentiy Beria, and why being a USSR classical music composer was a very dangerous job. Of course, we also discuss the most successful movies of 2017! Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 38mins

27 Nov 2020

Rank #6

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Hamilton

How historically accurate is Lin Manuel Miranda's rap musical Hamilton? In this episode film expert Gaz and history expert Mel dive into the true story of Alexander Hamilton and compare it to its extraordinary stage adaptation. Join us as we discover why rap is the perfect way to tell Hamilton's story, learn about the American Revolutionary War, the Irish heritage of Hercules Mulligan, and, of course, discuss the most successful musicals on Broadway! Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/realmoviesfakehistory) Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 54mins

23 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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Titanic (Part 2)

Join us as we discover the real history behind the sinking of the Titanic. Is James Cameron's epic Hollywood blockbuster Titanic accurate to the true story? In the final part of their Titanic series, Gaz and Mel relive the unsinkable ship’s final hours, discover the facts behind the movie, and learn about real life figures Molly Brown, Bruce Ismay, Thomas Andrews, and Captain Smith. Was there a way for Rose and Jack to both survive? What is James Cameron’s one regret? And can the movie still be considered a classic? Let’s go back to 1997 to revisit Titanic and put its history and box office success into perspective.

1hr 30mins

25 Sep 2020

Rank #8

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Titanic (Part 1)

The most expensive movie of all time. Winner of 11 Oscars. Time to go back to 1997, to discover the real history behind James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic (1997). Join us as we go behind the scenes to understand how it became the most successful movie of all time. But just how historically accurate is it? In part 1 we board Titanic up until the night of its tragic sinking. Who are the real historical figures on board, and why did the White Star Line crew not have a pair of binoculars to spot the iceberg? Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 38mins

28 Aug 2020

Rank #9

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Hidden Figures

Film expert Gaz and history expert Mel discuss the true story behind the movie Hidden Figures (2016). We know it’s a great movie but just how historically accurate is it? We investigate further into the history of the American civil rights movement, Cold War paranoia, the Space Race, and the true story behind NASA pioneers Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Don’t forget you can always stop by our website www.realmoviesfakehistory.com You can also subscribe to us on social media to keep up to date on future episodes Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/realmoviesfakehistory/)

1hr 40mins

24 Jul 2020

Rank #10