Storyville, 2013-2014, The Great Hip Hop Hoax Live

23 Oct 2013 Last updated at 23:24

Live Q&A with The Great Hip Hop Hoax director Jeanie Finlay

The Great Hip Hop Hoax director Jeanie Finlay will be available to respond to your questions immediately after broadcast on Wednesday 23rd October, from 11.30pm for 30 minutes. Get in touch!

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  • 24 Oct 2013 00:23:55

    That's all from us tonight - thank you for all your questions! - the live Q&A is now closed.

  • 24 Oct 2013 00:12:52

    Darwin asks:

    Darwin Franks
    @JeanieFinlay How did you first come to learn of their story? And what was it that drew you to telling it? #HipHopHoaxBBC
    Jeanie says:
    I read about it in the newspaper and  I was drawn in by the stranger than fiction story I read. It's been fascinating seeing the film go out on iplayer and the BBC transmission . You would not believe the number of people who believe this is a hoax within a hoax and I'm not real "hoaxception". I can assure you that everything is real! Thank you so much to everyone that has taken time to comment or ask a question. It's been an amazing five years making this film and the way people have responded has been totally overwhelming!
    David asks:
    David Laybourne
    @bbcstoryville @JeanieFinlay Were there any reservations from the duo about committing to this project and what did they takeaway from this?
    Jeanie responds:
    I think committing to a documentnary is always risky - will my story be told with integrity? Billy really wanted to tell his side of the story and Gav was brilliant infront of the camera. Ultimately the takeaway for them was that they realised how much they meant to each other.
    Dan asks:
    Dan Bendon
    @bbcstoryville Amazing documentary, are the guys performing with Scottish accents when performing now?
    Jeanie says:
    Yes they are but occasionally an American twang slips in.
  • 24 Oct 2013 00:00:20

    Hussein asks:

    Hussein Ali
    @bbcstoryville @JeanieFinlay do you think it would have been possible for the boys to make it as Scottish rappers today? #greathiphophoax
    Jeanie says
    Yes I do. Ten years is a  long time in the music industry and they would have made it today - and still could.
    David wants to know:
    Hi Jeanie - Congrats on the doc! Did you film much of the doc first prior to getting funding for it?
    Jeanie says:
    We raised the money on a five minute pilot and a 30 second animation sample and a good pitch.
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:57:07

    Mondayschild asks:

    Thanks for an interesting documentary. slightly odd question but what was the song played almost at the end of the film?
    Jeanie answers:
    I became obsessed with Bay of Skaill by the Magnetic North and I knew I wanted to end the film as soon as I heard it.
    Kushty asks:
    How many women did they sleep with?
    Jeanie replies:
    You'll have to ask Billy and Gavin that. I think the American accent was quite alluring!
    Nat asks:
    Is Brains still pursuing a musical career?
    Jeanie says:
    They are both pursuing music together and apart.
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:52:13

    Gareth wants to know:

    Have the guys reunited since this all happened. If so was it filmed? #HipHopHoaxBBC
    Jeanie responds:
    I did consider reuniting them for the film but then I thought it would just be like an episode of Jeremy Kyle and I decided not to do it. 
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:49:08

    Sharps asks:

    Sharps Bin
    @JeanieFinlay #HipHopHoaxBBC Havin read California Schemin, was there anythin u wanted 2 include in the doc but couldnt? Loved it BTW!
    Jeanie says:
    California Schemin is just told from Gavin's point of view and some details and stories were enhanced to make them more dramatic. For example, in the book, Gavin goes to the Brits in great detail but it didn't happen in real life. My job was to navigate the truth inbetween the lies about the lies and Billy and Gavin's story. 
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:46:42

    Darwin wants to know:

    Darwin Franks
    Brains' South African nationality gives the story real complexity. @JeanieFinlay did you consider developing that more? #HipHopHoaxBBC
    Jeanie says:
    I thought the fact that Gavin is a gifted mimic and had adapted his accent to different situations before was a fascinating thing to explore, but I didn't want to divert away from the story for too long.
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:45:26

    Sarah asks:

    Sarah C
    Sarah C @cheap_cola tweeted:
    @BbcStoryville #HipHopHoaxBBC How DID Billy reply when you asked if he'd do it all again? @JeanieFinlay @HipHopHoax
    Jeanie replies:
    At that point Billy had moved on and wasn't interested. However, he's now found a way of making it work as Silibil n Brains again.
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:41:23

    Bobby wants to know:

    That was utterly enthralling. It seemed the guys were destined for this to blow up - do you therefore think it was even important as to whether they actually 'made it' or not?
    Jeanie responds:
    They always wanted to make it on their own terms, but they went into it quite naively.  The trouble wasn't telling the first lie, it was sustaining it, so there was never really a coherent exit plan.
    Farre asks:
    I think these guys should have exposed the hoax when they were in their prime!
    Jeanie says:
    I think they were scared of losing everything and that held them back.
  • 23 Oct 2013 23:36:49

    Mandy asks:

    Hi Jeanie, what are Gavin and Billy doing now?
    Jeanie says:
    Billy and Gavin were estranged throughout filming. They both saw the film in November and decided they told me things they should have said to each other and in February I saw a mysterious picture of them in a recording studio together. They came to America for our world premier in SXSW and they are now recording together as Silibil n Brains.
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