Half clever explainer video, half personal confessional, “Personal Truth” looks at the birth and dissemination of conspiracy theories, for starters the then-recent Pizzagate. But the film isn’t content to cluck its tongue at the lunacy of people going off half-cocked over invented and embellished information. Director Charlie Lyne explores his own relationship with a conspiracy theory and its appeal to him and where the search for the truth brought him – geographically and mentally.
His voiceover is level, like a trustworthy radio source, as he takes us on a tour of the geography of London and the tunnels in his head. His thoughts on the appeal of these theories and the mental gymanstics it takes to prolong them continue to resonate. This was released in 2017 and the world hasn’t stopped adding fuel to the fire that rages in the collective consciousness that something isn’t right, something isn’t fair, and if we can just find the point where that deeper truth has broken the surface, we can uncover the whole thing.