Directed by Richard Janes, starring Matthew Rhys, Kate Ashfield, Tom Chambers, Tony Haygarth and Art Malik.

Con man Nick Edwards (Rhys) is a fast talker, which stands him in good stead when it comes to convincing crime boss Foster Wright (Malik) to give him a few more days to repay a large debt. Trouble is, he has no idea where he's going to get the money. Then, in an attempt to win over Eve (Ashfield), the barmaid at his local pub, he befriends her artist brother Tony (Chambers) and buys him an easel once used by Italian sketch artist Antonio Fraccini.

Tony discovers a drawing of a woman, hidden in the easel, and makes a copy. When he and Nick talk to Nick's friend Phil (Haygarth) about the work, they discover its legendary status and Nick, who's smarter than everyone assumes, sees a way to make the money he owes, and then some.

One copy of the drawing isn't enough to cover his debt and give each of his accomplices a cut, so Nick persuades Tony to make five forgeries, which he and Eve will sell to five art dealers in a carefully executed plan. Of course, things don't quite go according to plan and Nick finds himself running from the police as well as the gangsters.

The acting isn't particularly memorable. Rhys' performance is average, as is Kate Ashfield's as the bored Eve. Only Tom Chambers, in the role of the naïve, but eager to please Tony, inspires any feeling. But, though we do feel slightly sorry for him, his gullibility is a little annoying.

'Fakers' is a light-hearted crime caper, lacking in depth and originality. As such, it's forgettable. There are a few plot twists, which might keep you interested, but the film lacks the sophistication or edge of certain other British crime capers. Need I mention 'Lock, Stock....', or the original 'Italian Job'?

Katie Moten