Follow / Tim Brunsden (2012)
Fri 22 Jun 2012 — Ongoing
Follow is a live and evolving documentary about performer Scottee’s experiment to gain more Twitter followers than Russell Grant.
Russell has over 40,000 followers. Scottee has only 3072, and feels slightly disenfranchised by social media, but things are about to change. From an isolated room in Liverpool, Scottee aims to devote some serious time to uncover the true secret of Twitter popularity. In doing so, he grows consumed with the elusive Twitter persona of a young American woman with over 900,000 followers who goes by the moniker @sodamntrue.
As her perversely moral and self-gratifying diatribes emanate over numerous Twitter feeds, Scottee becomes devoted to the idea of gaining her attention and with this, his sense of self becomes increasingly contorted. Will Scottee survive or will he be enveloped by the bewildering capitalist culture of of trademarked catchphrases and the Hollywood spray tan?
Told over 4 different episodes , just how far will Scottee go in his quest to gain more followers? Will he trend in the process? Only time will tell.
Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and FACT, Liverpool, and supported by Vision + Media awarding funds from the National Lottery.