Indeed, the real trick that this series pulls off is that it manages to be both brashly, glossily entertaining and knottier, more complex fare than it first appears, offering enough interesting commentary on modern enterprise, the nature of identity, and the morality of storytelling to justify its tabloid entertainment value.
Every episode of the Netflix series reiterates a playful disclaimer: “This whole story is completely true. Except for the parts that are completely made up."
If there's one big omission in Inventing Anna – the new drama about the "fake heiress" Anna Delvey, aka Anna Sorokin – it's that it fails to dramatise the making of TV drama Inventing Anna.
Over the next five years, she would scam a number of acquaintances out of thousands of dollars by promising to pay for plane tickets and hotels and "forgetting" to pay them back, all whilst claiming that she had family money. She also convinced banks to lend her hundreds of thousands of dollars and deposited fraudulent cheques whilst defrauding hotels by managing to avoid giving a credit card.
I imagined for the show to be a conclusion of sorts summing up and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end. Nearly four years in the making and hours of phone conversations and visits later, the show is based on my story and told from a journalist's perspective