Vanishing Act

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Wed 19 Jul 2023

Vanishing Act

Series overview

Vanishing Act tells the story of Melissa Caddick’s disappearance after being confronted by authorities for her alleged multi-million dollar swindling.

The three-part series portrays Australia in the grip of the mystery as theories abound about Melissa’s fate following the discovery of her disembodied foot inside her running shoe. 

Vanishing Act tells the story of this charismatic con-artist, as well as those who suddenly found themselves grieving for a lost friend and daughter, while coming to terms with a monumental betrayal. Her life was lost, but theirs would never be the same again.

Starring Kate Atkinson, Colin Friels, Jerome Velinsky and Maya Strange. 


Episode 1

Melissa Caddick is a financial whiz - she has a harbourside mansion, luxury cars and clothes, and a fiercely loyal clientele who trust her to invest their money. But secretly, she’s running a massive Ponzi scheme and ripping off not only clients but friends and family too – including her own parents. As she battles to keep the scam going, she has to stay a step ahead of legal authorities, as well as a local criminal heavyweight.

Episode 2

Melissa’s world comes crashing down when the financial authorities make a dawn raid on her house, seizing files, folders, computers, hard-drives – as well as all her clothes, jewellery and luxury goods. She’s told to hand in her passport and appear in court in two days’ time. Facing total public disgrace and a lengthy prison term, Melissa faces a familiar question: to stay with her family – or make a run for it.

Episode 3

Melissa’s gone. Her husband, family and friends are distraught – and then the news slowly filters through: she’s betrayed them all. Stolen their money, spent it on herself and vanished. We follow the trail of destruction left behind: lives ruined, families torn apart. A monumental betrayal by a loving wife, mother, daughter, friend. How? And why? The victims are left wondering, scrambling to rebuild their shattered lives – and then the stunning twist: her Asics running-shoe, washed up on a lonely beach three hundred miles away, with her decomposing foot still in it. How did it get there? And did she jump – or was she pushed...



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