The Janoskians have been busy. The Australian quintet — which consists of Beau Brooks, Luke Brooks, Jai Brooks, James Yammouni, and Daniel Sahyounie — have been making goofy videos and pranks on YouTube for four years, and since then, they’ve released poppy singles, launched a clothing line, and performed sold-out live shows around the world, all while maintaining their four YouTube channels. (Their main channel has more than 2 million subscribers.) Now, they’re gearing up to release their new mockumentary, Janoskians: Untold and Untrue.
“We wanted to do a documentary-format type of movie, but we didn’t want to make it like One Direction or the Justin Bieber movie because everyone’s seen those types of movies,” Beau Brooks explains. “We added a few lies to our personality to create a little bit more of a comedic edge.”
Spliced together from scripted dialogue and real behind-the-scenes footage, the film follows the Janoskians (which stands for Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) from their humble beginnings as YouTube pranksters to their sold-out show at the iconic Wembley Arena.
“Much of the stuff in the movie is parodying an actual boy band, that type of persona,” Jai Brooks says. “We’re sort of teasing the manufactured, put-together boy band.”
The doc will be released by AwesomenessTV, the media company responsible for other movies starring YouTube talent like Smosh: The Movie and last year’s Expelled, starring Cameron Dallas. Immediately after the release of Untold and Untrue, the Janoskians are going right back on tour and continuing work on their second movie, a Jackass-style film for Lionsgate.
“It’s going to be much bigger,” Beau Brooks says of the film. “We’ve got more of a budget for bigger pranks. Helicopters, that sort of stuff.”
Janoskians: Untold and Untrue will be available for digital download on Aug. 28. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below.
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