Scene from the film Tony Fraginals
Scene from the film Tony Fraginals
Scene from the film Tony Fraginals

Tony Fraginals

  • United Kingdom
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Anthony Godby Johnson was a 1990s New York City miracle: a boy who escaped years of horrific abuse only to discover that he was dying of AIDS. A boy who authored his own autobiography. A boy who earned friends and fans worldwide—and who did not exist.

Featuring Oprah Winfrey and the remnants of Anthony Godby Johnson's long-forgotten television special alongside the first public glimpse of the hoaxer behind the myth, TONY FRAGINALS tells the inside story of the scandal from the perspective of the person for whom Tony was a childhood friend.


  • Original title
    Tony Fraginals
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ben Young
  • DOP
    Junaid Iqbal
  • Editing
    Theo Watkins
  • Sound
    Emily Wiles
  • Duration
    16 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig
    • London Short Film Festival
    • Manchester Film Festival
    • Minimalen
    • FEST New Directors / New Films
    • Flatpack Film Festival
    • Brussels Independent Film Festival
    • Richmond International Film Festival
    • Cine O’Clock Film Festival
    • Oakland Short Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Grierson Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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