Starring Phil Collins, Hugo Weaving and Josephine Byrnes, Frauds is an Australian thriller comedy directed by Stephan Ellioot and produced by Andrena Finlay and Stuart Quin. The plot revolves around sociopathic insurance investigator Roland Copping, played by Phil Collins. Copping leads a game of cat and mouse, related to a fraudulent insurance claim filed by yuppie couple Jonathan and Beth Wheats (Hugo Weaving and Josephine Byrnes). After filing a claim for items lost in a burglary, which involved the perpetrator being shot to death with a crossbow, Roland Copping arrives at the Wheats’ home. As a seasoned investigator and maniacal prankster, Copping smells fraud immediately, entwining the couple in a gruelling blackmail plot. After discovering that Jonathan Wheats was responsible for stealing the cutlery, Copping shocks the couple by producing the cutlery, leaving it decorating a Christmas tree with the words “steal me.” A prolonged and brutal game of cat and mouse ensues between the sociopathic insurance investigator and the couple. As the couple eventually triumph, distant police sirens draw the movie to a close.
Interesting Facts about Frauds (1993)
Frauds is an Australian movie written by Stephan Elliott, the movie also signalled his directorial debut.
Frauds’ soundtrack “It’s De-Lovely” was written by Cole Porter, performed by Bob Cousins Big Band and produced by Guy Gross.
Frauds was released in the United Kingdom on 4 June 1993 and the United States on 19 September 1993.
Frauds grossed A$ 29,740 at the Australian box office. In the United States, the fraud film only grossed a mere $533.
Writer and producer Stephan Elliott spotted Phil Collins for the role after the music star appeared on an episode of Miami Vice.
Phil Collins Brief Filmography
Music sensation Phil Collins has appeared in numerous television and film productions, between 1964 and 2003. Highlights include appearances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, (1968), Miami Vice (1985), Buster (1988) and The Jungle Book 2 (2003).