Curse of the Chippendales: a True Crime Story Stripped Bare

Curse of the Chippendales: a True Crime Story Stripped Bare

The Discovery+ docuseries Curse of the Chippendales chronicles the dark side of the 1980s all-male striptease dance troupe.

The muscular men of the Chippendales captured the hearts, minds, and dollars of the 1980s in their iconic cuffs and collars, but what started out as a first in women’s entertainment soon turned into a story of greed, jealousy and murder for hire.

Executive producer Suzanne Lavery and writer and director Jesse Vile discuss what drew them to the Chippendales, how they created the film and the biggest challenges they faced in bringing this outrageous story to life. 

“It’s a true-crime series but it’s true crime with a heart, there’s a lot more going on than murder and mayhem.” Jesse Vile

Time Stamps:

00:00 – The trailer for Curse of the Chippendales.
03:41 – What the docuseries is about.
04:39 – How the male stripping at Chippendales started.
07:28 – What it was like for the dancers working at the club.
10:40 – The founder of the Chippendales and how he knew what would sell.
13:55 – The dark side of the Chippendales.
16:17 – The unique themes filmmakers were able to explore when making this doc.
22:50 – The ‘napkin deal’ that changed the Chippendale organisation forever.
25:40 – The crazy unbelievable world they were all living in at the Chippendales.
27:09 – Why the creative team decided to turn the documentary into a 4-part docuseries.
28:28 – The main challenges they faced in telling the story.
32:48 – The different elements of the human spirit they show in the documentary.
37:38 – Why they decided to make a true-crime doc.
43:15 – The next project LightBox is working on.


Curse of the Chippendales (2021)
Pineapple Studios
MovieMaker Magazine
Innersound Audio
Alamo Pictures

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