A new film about a cross-cultural love affair is a passion project of two Sydney lawyers, writes DOMINIC ROLFE.
In the mid-1980s, a young Murray Fahey was part of a gang that went into one of Australia’s best known jails to knock over the “top dog”. Her name was Bea. And she appeared on the long-running drama, Prisoner. The role was just one of many that Fahey took as an emerging actor. “I did voiceovers for Neighbours and was one of the strappers in Phar Lap,” he says. “But I cut my teeth doing about 100 commercials, from the classic Meadow Lea commercials to being Papa Guiseppe’s assistant chef.”
These days, Fahey is an entertainment, media and hospitality lawyer and partner at Perkins Fahey, a firm he set up with Michael Perkins in 2013. He is also a writer, producer and director, with almost a dozen films to his credit, including as the producer of Alex & Eve.
“My wife thinks I’m a workaholic,” he says. “But film is a lovely medium and one of the most complex collaborative art forms in the world.”
Fahey studied acting at the Drama Studio in Sydney before moving into other areas of filmmaking. “It’s a natural progression for actors,” he says. “To get meatier roles, they start writing, producing or directing.”