Netflix teases college admissions scandal documentary from Fyre festival filmmaker

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Felicity Huffman, right, and her husband, William H. Macy.
Felicity Huffman, right, and her husband, William H. Macy.
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  • Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal will premiere on Netflix, 17 March.
  • The documentary by Chris Smith will examine the story behind the headlines.
  • Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were arrested with 50 other people after getting their children in top colleges for their involvement in the scheme.

"Everything you've heard is true. But you haven't heard everything," teases Netflix about their new documentary on the college admissions scandal.

In March 2019, 50 people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were arrested and charged in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches to get their children into top American schools.

Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 11 days behind bars and Lori Loughlin to two months. Both have since served their sentences.

The new documentary, Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal by Chris Smith, the director of Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, will take a more in-depth look into the headline gripping story.

A press release by the streaming service describes the film as "an examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the centre of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged".

It will feature a combination of interview and narrative recreations of the FBI's wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients.


In October 2019, the Lifetime channel did a fictional take on the scandal with the movie The College Admissions Scandal starring Penelope Ann Miller (Riverdale) and Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery).

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