BBC doco to profile Belle Gibson

The BBC has commissioned a documentary on disgraced Australian ‘wellness’ author Belle Gibson called Bad Influencer (working title).

Seen through the eyes of those who adored her and those who exposed her, Bad Influencer will reportedly lift the lid on one of social media’s great mysteries: who was the real Belle Gibson – an ingenious con artist or a vulnerable young woman trapped in a lie?

It will also examine the multi-million dollar global Wellness industry, asking why she was allowed to thrive for so long, and asking if the pursuit of eating ‘clean’ is driving some young Brits to ill-health.

It’s not clear what participation Gibson may have in the project.

An Australian broadcaster is yet to be confirmed.

Bad Influencer (w/t), a 1×60′ for BBC Three, is made by Minnow Films. It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion. The Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith; the Executive Producer is Grace Reynolds; and the Director is Ziyaad Desai.

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