Based on a True Fiction

Based on a True Fiction is a podcast dedicated to examining the accuracy, or more commonly the inaccuracy, of films based on historical events. The hosts Abby Brosh and Stacy Shirk learned about these failings in their favorite animated musicals at young and tender ages.

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Based on a True Fiction is a podcast dedicated to examining accuracy, or more commonly the inaccuracy, of movies based on historical events. It is hosted by Abigail Brosh and Stacy shirk, both of whom became aware of the failings of their favorite animated musicals at young and tender ages.
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2019-05-11 18:50
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Episode 17 - Can You Ever Forgive Me

Fellow history nerds Nicole Palermo and Emma Kreienberg join Abby and Stacy in their deep dive of the darkly comedic "Can You Ever Forgive Me" (2018). 

Episode 16 - The Favourite

Abby and Stacy discuss one of their favourite films to date; the delightfully anachronistic Yorgos Lanthimos film, The Favourite (2018).

Episode 15 - Pocahontas

Stacy and Abby get back to ruining your childhood by exploring the dark and unsettling history behind this Disney classic in their first ever commentary episode: Pocahontas (1995).

Episode 14 - Apollo 13

Failure to listen is not an option! Christopher Modoono returns in this epic dissection of NASA's most successful failure via Ron Howard's faithful portrayal: Apollo 13 (1995). Houston we have a podcast! 

Episode 13 - A Knight's Tale

Stacy and Abby gallantly herald their thoughts on a movie that's meant to break historical rules: A Knight's Tale (2001). 

Episode 12 - Marie Antoinette

Stacy, Abby, and special guest Jackie Feiler explore the movie of the life of Marie Antoinette (2006)...but not really the French Revolution. Join their dissection of Sofia Coppola's unique historical take on the titular queen. 

Episode 11 - I, Tonya

Stacy and Abby are back to discuss the first story they've examined that took place in their living memory: I, Tonya (2017). The only problem? In this movie everyone's "truth" is told, and the versions usually don't match up. 

Episode 10 - Troy

Stacy and Abby bust some myths in their examination of Troy (2004). 

Episode 9 - Dunkirk

Historical spoiler alert! Stacy and Abby get relevant with Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017). 

Episode 8 - 1776

This Independence Day, Christopher Modoono joins Abby and Stacy in analyzing 1776 (1972), the musical interpretation of our nation's founding.

Episode 7 - Titanic

Stacy and Abby explore James Cameron's surprisingly close-to-perfect historical depiction of Titanic (1997). From the old couple in the bed to the very carpet used on set, almost every character and image you see has some basis in fact. Besides the lov...

Episode 6 - The Prince of Egypt

For Passover, Stacy and Abby try their hands at historical theology with the Moses story in The Prince of Egypt (1998). From analyzing the science behind the plagues, to pinning down which century this story takes place in, they will discover the histo...

Episode 5 - Gangs of New York

Kathleen Littlefield joins Abby Brosh and Stacy Shirk this St. Patrick's Day on a romp through New York during the Civil War! If that sounds like a lot, you'd be right. Enjoy a pint as we tackle Boss Tweed, xenophobia, and America's first draft. 

Episode 4 - The Young Victoria

This Valentine's Day immerse yourself in the political/personal love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in The Young Victoria (2009). Julian Fellowes and Jean-Marc Vallee distinguish themselves as the most historically accurate filmmakers S...

Episode 3 - Pearl Harbor

Stacy and Abby finally get into World War II in the biopic love story Pearl Harbor (2001). 

Episode 2 - Braveheart

Abigail Brosh and Stacy Shirk go to town on one of the most historically inaccurate movies of all time: Braveheart (1995). 

Episode 1 - Anastasia

In their inaugural episode, Abigail Brosh and Stacy Shirk take a look at 20th Century Fox's Anastasia (1997). Spoiler alert: Anastasia is dead, St. Petersburg should be Leningrad, and the Russian Revolution wasn't caused by a curse. The actual mystery:...