Paramount+’s new Australian series ‘Fake’ has begun filming in Melbourne, Australia. The thriller series follows a brilliant writer named Birdie Bell, who thinks she has found her ideal match when she meets a successful rancher named Joe Burt on a dating app. “Convinced by her well-meaning friends and family that this could be her very own happily ever after, Birdie begins to believe that it is finally her chance to live the fairy tale. As cracks start to form in Joe’s stories, Birdie soon discovers her boyfriend isn’t all he has led her to believe,” as per the official logline.
Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia, is known for its diverse scenery, which ranges from urban cityscapes to historic landmarks, and varied climate, which makes it an ideal choice for filming a variety of projects. The city has earlier hosted the production of several films and TV shows including ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Ghost Rider,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘The Pacific,’ and ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.’
‘Fake’ is inspired by Stephanie Wood’s book of the same name. Anya Beyersdorf created the series for television, with Emma Freeman serving as the director. Beyersdorf is known for her work in the TV minishows ‘The Twelve’ and ‘Fires,’ while Freeman is famous for directing multiple episodes of ‘The Newsreader,’ ‘Glitch,’ ‘Love Me,’ and ‘Stateless.’ The filmmaker earned an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award and an Australian Directors Guild Award for her work in ‘Stateless.’
The eight-episode drama series stars Asher Keddie as Birdie. The actress is recognized for her roles as Sally in ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart,’ Heather Marconi in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers,’ and Dr. Nina Proudman in ‘Offspring.’ Her film credits include ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ ‘Swinging Safari,’ and ‘Rams.’ Keddie is joined by David Wenham, who essays the role of Burt. The actor appears as Price Galese in ‘Les Norton,’ Harold Meachum in ‘Iron Fist,’ Lieutenant John Scarfield in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ and Hank Snow in ‘Elvis.’
Keddie also produces the show along with Kindling Pictures. The executive producers include Imogen Banks and Emelyne Palmer from Kindling Pictures. The production is supported by Paramount ANZ, Australia’s federal funding agency Screen Australia, and regional agency VicScreen. Speaking about the project, Grainne Brunsdon, head of content at Screen Australia, described it as a ‘binge-worthy series.’
“‘Fake’ promises to be a captivating addition to the Australian television landscape and a project that Screen Australia is thrilled to support. Imogen Banks, Anya Beyersdorf, and the entire creative team have expertly woven a narrative that intricately explores the facets of love, trust, and the complexities of authenticity in our contemporary world – in what promises to be a truly binge-worthy series,” Brunsdon said in a statement. The show is expected to air sometime in 2024. However, the premiere date has not been announced yet.