Masters of Deceit

A series in development created by Peter Gerard & Kingston Trinder

In the high-stakes art world of London’s swinging ‘60s, Eric Hebborn, the most prolific art forger of all time, and his unwitting accessory Sir Anthony Blunt, celebrated art critic and advisor to the Queen secretly working as a Russian spy, fight to maintain their clandestine lifestyles while back-stabbing dealers, British and Russian intelligence services, snooping journalists and mafia assassins close in to bring them down.

Gerard & Trinder Projects is developing the series based on Eric Hebborn’s explosive memoir, Drawn To Trouble (option secured), that when published in 1991 spread chaos throughout the art world, casting doubt on the authenticity of artworks held in collections from NYC’s Metropolitan and LA’s Getty to the British Museum and Copenhagen’s National Museum.

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About Gerard & Trinder Projects

Peter Gerard has won awards as a film producer and entrepreneur, including a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and the British Council’s Creative Entrepreneur Award, and has innovated in distribution, marketing and development at both his startup Distrify and at Vimeo, where he was most recently responsible for launching original series and films, including High Maintenance, as VP & GM of Entertainment.

Kingston Trinder is a frequently published writer and journalist, known for his widely-reviewed monograph An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour, published in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums, with an upcoming nonfiction novel, Lickety Split, about an innocent man’s 8-year battle to be freed from wrongful incarceration within a Colorado mental health institute.