There is some debate on whether this film is real or fake and I thought after watching it, What do people actually think of this film? I am going to tell you what I think of it and you can either agree, disagree or sit on the middle fence. So, lets get started.
I am more leaning against the fact that this is fake as filming started so early on in the friendship when Nev (the main actor) added them as a friend on Facebook. Secondly, why is an 8 year old talking to a man in his 20's, I mean how did she get his contact details, an 8 year old should not be on Facebook anyway! She (Abby) has so much contact with him with sending him the packages. Thirdly, if someone turned up at your doorstep with obvious cameras would you be so welcoming to them and if you were cat fishing, surely you would be nervous and not openly welcoming. A few other things did stand out to the audience such as Megan not being real, The fake band and Anthony was a disabled boy the Cat fisher had to look after and the fact that Abby's personality was not real and 'her' artwork was actually her mothers. The thing that gave this away was when Nev asked Abby, "so do you paint a lot?" she replies with a short pause and "you're confusing me" instantly suggesting that her mother was cat fishing and the child had nothing to do with the incident on Facebook.
On the other hand, the things that were real was obviously Abby was a real person, The two brothers were real, The building that was supposedly a gallery for 'Abby's' artwork although they did not own it (empty for 4 years) and cat fishing does happen.