We Live In Public

Film Review by Gail Tolley | 22 Feb 2010
  • We Live In Public
Film title: We Live In Public
Director: Ondi Timoner
Starring: Josh Harris, Tanya Corrin
Release date: Out Now
Certificate: 15

Ondi Timoner is perhaps best known for her 2004 documentary DiG!, which followed the tumultuous relationship between The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. We Live in Public takes a similarly detailed look at fraught relationships, this time between internet entrepreneur Josh Harris and, well, almost everyone he comes into contact with. He’s a fascinating subject, renowned (among other things) for setting up a Big Brother style art project in 1999 where 100 artists, filmed 24 hours a day, locked themselves into a basement with messy consequences. Harris emerges as a complex and ultimately unlikeable personality and We Live in Public works best as a character study of the troubled pioneer. The documentary doesn’t succeed quite as well in its attempt at a wider commentary on the impact of technology on our lives, however, which means that its more far-reaching observations don’t always have the impact and resonance they were perhaps intended to.