Cast: Norma Khouri
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
Moderate themes, Moderate violence, Moderate coarse language
“Totally fascinating… the journey Broinowski takes us on is truly the stuff of drama. A tantalising real-life mystery.”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES
“Funny, entertaining and clever. A marvellously inventive documentary, it peels away layers of a fascinating saga one-by-one.”
Sacha Molitorisz, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Wildly entertaining and utterly compelling… the documentary version of an airport novel – one you can’t take your eyes off.”
Colin Fraser, FILMINK MAGAZINE
Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath – depending on who is talking. Men want to marry her, Islamic extremists want to kill her, and the global publishing industry wishes she would just disappear. Khouri won fame and fortune with her “true story” Forbidden Love, about a shocking honour killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages, and Khouri became the toast of the literary world. That was until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction.
She’s been in hiding ever since. Now she wants to talk.
Weaving between the literary salons of London, the mosque-lined vistas of Jordan, the beachside suburbs of Queensland and the seamy Chicago backstreets of Norma’s dubious past, FORBIDDEN LIE$ pits Norma’s tale against the stories of those who believe she duped them: the publishers, the FBI, her next door neighbour…even her husband. But the most compelling character of all is Norma – encouraged by director Anna Broinowski to journey through every shade of grey that separates fact from fiction.
You won’t believe it until you’ve seen it.