Surrounded by lies
A murder in a quiet suburban neighbourhood opens a hornets’ nest in the miniseries Secrets & Lies. Guy Davis speaks with the stars of this intriguing mystery.
Hayes: “Everyone has something they’re trying to hide or don’t want exposed.
But it is.”
Take a look around your neighbourhood. Think about the people living next door to you.
You may shoot the breeze once in a while, borrow the occasional cup of sugar, but how well do you really know them? Do you really know them at all?
In Brisbane’s seemingly peaceful Blackwood Cres, there’s a lot hidden behind closed doors.
But it’s about to be dragged kicking and screaming into the open when the body of a young boy is discovered and the average family man who found the child becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
That’s the set- up of Secrets & Lies, a six- part series premiering next week on Ten.
After making the gruesome discovery and finding himself targeted by dogged detective Ian Cornielle ( Anthony Hayes), Ben Gundelach ( Martin Henderson) finds himself an outcast in his own neighbourhood.
Even Ben’s wife Christy ( Diana Glenn) seems to be harbouring a few doubts about his innocence.
If he’s going to clear his name, Ben is going to have to find the killer himself. But is Ben out to clear his name … or cover up his crime?
Not even the cast and crew of Secrets & Lies knew for sure during the filming, with many of the principal players kept in the dark about the killer’s identity until late in the shoot.
Viewers, however, will have plenty of clues at their disposal if they wish to play amateur sleuth.
The production company behind the program has developed an in- depth array of multimedia features, including online “webisodes”, which provide additional insight into the characters.
While it’s not vital that Secrets & Lies viewers keep one eye on their iPad to stay up to speed with the mystery, it does add a few intriguing pieces to the overall puzzle.
“There are elements in that online material that enhance the viewer’s perception of the show,” said Hayes, whose character features heavily in the multimedia segments.
“The story, of course, makes sense within its own parameters, but you will get a little extra if you choose to explore further.”
It proved both beneficial and fascinating to the actors as well, with Henderson finding that filming this material enabled him to explore aspects of his character that weren’t in the script.
“You end up being a little further ahead than Ben; you can even end up further ahead than Anthony’s character because there are things revealed through the lie- detector sessions we have featured online that he doesn’t know,” he said.
Running parallel with the murder mystery of Secrets &