GenreComedy, Crime, Thriller ScreenplayStephan Elliott WriterStephan Elliott LanguageUS English
Release date4 June 1993 (1993-06-04) (UK) Initial releaseJune 4, 1993 (United Kingdom) CastPhil Collins (Roland Copping), Hugo Weaving (Jonathan Wheats), Josephine Byrnes (Beth Wheats), Mitchell McMahon (Young Roland Copping) Similar moviesHugo Weaving and Rebel Penfold-Russell appear in Frauds and The Adventures of Priscilla - Queen of the Desert
TaglineHe's No Ordinary Insurance Man You Can Bet Your Life On It!
Frauds trailer 1993
Frauds is a 1993 Australian black comedy film starring pop star Phil Collins. It was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
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The film tells the story of insurance investigator Roland Copping and how he interferes with and manipulates the lives of others with outrageous games and gimmicks. Eventually he becomes involved in an escalating vendetta with a couple who make an unusual insurance claim.
Phil Collins - Roland Copping
Hugo Weaving - Jonathan Wheats
Josephine Byrnes - Beth Wheats
Mitchell McMahon - Young Roland Copping
Andrew McMahon - Young Matthew
Rebel Penfold-Russell - Mother (as Rebel Russell)
Peter Mochrie - Michael Allen
Helen O'Connor - Margaret
Colleen Clifford - Mrs. Waterson
Vincent Ball - Judge
Gandhi MacIntyre - Cartel Valuer
Christina Ormani - Telephone Girl
Nicholas Hammond - Detective Simms
Kee Chan - Detective Alan
Ian Cockburn - Matthew
The film was made in collaboration with Latent Image, a production company formed by Rebel Penfold-Russell, Andrena Finlay and Stuart Quin at the end of the 10BA period in Australian filmmaking. Stephan Elliot wanted to use Phil Collins after seeing him in an episode of Miami Vice and contacted him through Finlay's husband, Al Clark, who used to work for Virgin Films. "It's a great little film," Collins recalled, "and I was better in it (than in Buster)."
A soundtrack was issued by Picture This Records which features Guy Gross's score for the film. The album is long out of print and difficult to obtain today.
Frauds grossed $29,740 at the box office in Australia.