Book Review: The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood by Sally Whitehill

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The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood is a short, humorous guide for any would-be film aficionado

If you’ve ever dreamt of making it in Hollywood but have absolutely no idea on how to get there, The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood is the book for you!

The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood is a short, humorous guide for any would-be film aficionado. The 128 page pocket-sized book gives you all the inside information you need to bluff your way into Hollywood and survive in tinsel town. It is one of 31 versions of the best-selling Bluffer’s Guides which have sold more than five-million copies designed to help readers become an instant expert in a wide range of topics.

Bluffers GuideThe Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood opens with a snapshot of history of Hollywood, from the first silent movie to the making of Hollywood blockbusters such as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET (1982) and Titanic (1997). The witty synopsis of Hollywood’s moguls like Louis B Meyer and Sam Goldwyn is sure you give you a laugh and there are plenty of little facts and humorous antidotes to keep you entertained.

After the brief history, the book gets straight down to business – how to bluff your way into the industry. It tells you how to dress (younger than you actually are), what car to drive (expensive but with a few mysterious scrapes), what names to drop (first names only such as Kate, Jonny or Jack) and even, what plastic surgery to have. The tongue-in-cheek guide gives you the lowdown on everything from sunglasses and scripts to power and paparazzi.

There is a whole chapter on key players including directors and executives (who you need to pretend to know) to agents and stage mothers (who you need to avoid).  There’s also a section on film set jargon where you get to find out who the “best boy” actually is and why “clear the lens” means “get the f*** out of the way”.

The final part of the book has a short section on film festivals, how to get kudos and a glossary on Hollywood key terms. While the book is designed not to be taken too seriously, it is certainly an enjoyable read with writer Sally Whitehill’s (a former literary agent and BFI fellow) witty dialogue providing excellent fun and a few laugh-out-loud moments.

If you’re looking for a stocking filler or a Secret Santa present for a film fan, The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood is certainly worth a look.

(4 / 5)

The Bluffer’s Guide to Insider Hollywood is available to buy as a paperback or digital download. Head over to Bluffer’s website this Black Friday (27th November) for a half price discount.

About Donna

Donna is the Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she is a digital marketing whizz, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage, The Public Reviews and ScreenRelish. Loves Shakespeare, prosecco and Formula 1