White Lie opens with a rather bleak look at a woman with a shaved head, and you can pretty much feel the gut-punches coming from there. Although the opportunities are endless when dealing with a film about a life-threatening illness, White Lie deals with a very different subject: lying about it.
Brilliantly, White Lie fast-forwards us to the apex of Katie’s cancer storyline. She’s already sold it to friends and family, she has a highly successful fundraiser as well as a supportive girlfriend and even has her own production dedicated to it. We get all of this with very little exposition until her medical records are called into question five minutes in, and we’re along for the ride.