THE TRUE PRICE OF FAME

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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