Inspired by the New York Times Bestseller “The Game”, by Neil Strauss, THE PICKUP GAME is an unprecedented documentary that gives viewers an insiders’ glimpse into a billion-dollar industry that claims to teach the secrets of success with women. Sometimes shocking – always compelling – THE PICKUP GAME features insights from some of the industry’s most notable authorities, including those who profit from it and those who rally against it.
From San Francisco to Tokyo – with epicentres in Toronto, London, and New York – men collectively spend hundreds of millions of dollars to attend seminars, download online courses and have one-on-one coaching sessions with instructors they feel can give them the dating life of their dreams. In the minds of students, many of these instructors become more than just teachers. They become idols.
At a time when sexual harassment is a huge part of the current social conversation, THE PICKUP GAME shines a light on this hidden world and jump-starts a discussion about the dangers of this industry; both to the women they victimize and the lonely students that fall prey to its darker side.
Co-Directed by brothers Matthew and Barnaby O’Connor, the film World Premieres at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto on April 30th.