Joining the ranks of infamous television couples from Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Basia and Mitch allowed Toronto filmmakers Adam and Chris Levett to closely document their relationship—a project aptly titled Basia & Mitch that looks like reality show satire seen through a post-Internet lens. (Think slipping into the bottomless pit of Tumblr where mindless memes, trending fashion and viral video clips viciously collide).
“We were interested in making a reality show about people we knew,” the director duo said. “The original intention was to make a film skewering reality concepts, aesthetics and scenarios. We wanted to make a cinema verity reality show, which is even more possible now that phones are so high quality. What started off as an art project and parody, morphed into something that none of us anticipated: a real reality show. The presence of the camera and the process of a couple being asked questions acted as a sort of therapy for both Basia and Mitch, as well as us. Filming together resulted in something that is a cross between a reality show, art show and a documentary.”
The slightly unnerving video also comes packaged as “an interactive fashion shopping experience;” during one of Mitch’s confessionals, when he admits he “feels a deep emotional connection with Basia,” we’re advised to press “420” if we’d like to purchase his Christopher Kane look. In another clip, when Basia is growling at Mitch to “sit up straight,” we’re encouraged to buy her Vetements look by pressing “69.” (If only it were that easy).
Watch the BULLETT premiere of Basia & Mitch, below, and witness the demise of a relationship that the Levett brothers described as a “very intense and at times difficult” process to film: