Asher Geddy to act in the series. There will be six chapters.
“Fake” is a gripping, emotional thriller that explores truth, love, lies and the stories we tell ourselves. It was created for television by AWGIE-winning screenwriter Anya Beiersdorff and directed by AACTA and Australian Director’s Guild Award winner Emma Freeman (“Secret City”). Australian Film Institute Award-winning actor David Wenham (“Seachange”) stars alongside Asher Geddy.
“Fake” is about Birdie Bell (Geddy), a handsome, smart and brilliant magazine writer who believes she’s found “the perfect one” when she meets Joe Burt (Wenham), a successful cross-towner, through a dating app. Convinced by her well-meaning friends and family that this might be her own happy ending, Birdie begins to believe that this is her chance to finally live out the fairy tale. As cracks begin to appear in Joe’s stories, Birdie soon discovers that her boyfriend is not what he was led to believe.
Sophia Mockford, executive producer of drama and comedy, Paramount ANZ, said: “The concept of ‘It’ll never happen to me’ is one we all know, and the ‘fake’ that surrounds it is a nuanced and fascinating one. The story and there is no one better than Imogen Banks to bring it all to life. . It will engage our audience.”
Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Grainne Brunston, said: “‘Fake’ promises to be a compelling addition to the Australian television landscape and Screen Australia is delighted to support the project. A story that explores the issues of love, trust and authenticity in our world today – in a series that is well worth watching and thought provoking. The storyline and well-developed characters resonate widely and make them a must-see when they air on Paramount+ in 2024.”
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