THE TRUE PRICE OF FAME
ISAAC (Max Fincham) and his family are grappling with the aftermath of what happened to the young teenager on the set of his first big film. Now that his parents, Manny and Sam (Jill Halfpenny, pictured), have accepted millions of dollars from the studio executive who sexually abused their son in return for their silence, the family has been able to move into a luxury home. They hoped the money would enable them to make a fresh start. And they naively believed that signing a non-disclosure agreement was a better option for Isaac than pressing charges against a powerful Hollywood figure, given the boy desperately didn’t want anyone to know what happened. But when Isaac’s chaperone turns up on the doorstep to discuss the actor’s promotional schedule, Manny and Sam start to realise the consequences of taking the hush money. As the woman marvels at the family’s new estate saying, awkwardly: “I’m glad something good came out of it”, Manny and Sam are disgusted by her and themselves. The damage is done. Already Isaac has been acting out. And now it seems he will have to share the red carpet with his abuser and smile for the cameras as though nothing has happened. This isn’t a true story, but raises very real issues about sexual abuse and coverups in the film industry. Interestingly, it was written more than two years before the #metoo movement revealed Hollywood’s darkest underbelly.