Monday, 29 January 2007

Playing more gamesNorma Khouri, who wrote and published a book that turned out to be a pack of lies, is to be the subject of a film, reports The Australian.

Published in 2003, Forbidden Love eventually sold 500,000 copies and Khouri, when the story broke, was tracked down to a luxurious waterfront home in Queensland. Malcolm Knox, then literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, flew to Chicago to find out more about her. And he did. I don't recall all the details, but the story was pretty sordid.

Now, Sydney-based filmmaker Anna Broinowski, who has made a few controversial pictures in the past, will release Forbidden Lie$, which features Khouri.

Khouri emerges from the film as a shocking liar, a wonderful actor and something of a modern-day siren, able to lure men if not to their deaths, then certainly to their financial ruin with her seductive ways.


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the James Frey controversy.

Dean said...

Probably it's much worse than Frey. According to all the evidence, the story that Khouri manufactured never happened at all. While Frey was accused of manufacturing some details (and he admitted to it later), Khouri made the whole thing up and remains unrepentant, according to this article.