On a path to becoming “A Better Man”: Beta Film joins new NRK/ZDFneo drama about an internet troll’s redemption

Meet Tom, who runs his mother’s clothing store by day; but by night, he trolls the internet against feminists. Until enraged hackers expose his identity, forcing him to disguise himself as a woman, which turns his life upside down. A Better Man (4 x 1h) is a new dramatic but heartwarming Beta Film series, which is currently being shot in Norway and Lithuania. Produced by Maipo Film for NRK and ZDFneo, it is created by multi-award-winning writer/director Thomas Seeberg Torjussen. Beta will first present A Better Man at MIPCOM this fall.
Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, creator, writer, and director: “A Better Man is a captivating series that explores the complexities of modern life, touching on issues like gender identity, online culture, and social isolation. It follows Tom's transformative journey from a place of solitude and misunderstanding to one of empathy and connection. Through its unique blend of humor and poignant storytelling, the series invites viewers to reflect on the power of redemption and the human capacity for change. “
Anaïs de Neergaard, VP International Sales & Acquisitions Beta Film: “Joining A Better Man showcases our dedication to bringing content that is both compelling and engaging to the market. Written and directed by ‘Zombielars’ creator Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, this limited series offers a fresh take on identity and connection in the digital age, blending humor with serious contemporary topics. Promoting empathy and personal growth, A Better Man perfectly aligns with our goal of delivering stories that really matter to our audience.”
The series follows the secret internet troll Tom, whose favorite hate objects are feminists in general and the famous stand-up comedian Live in particular. When his harassment causes Live to break down on stage, she shares his comment in public, prompting enraged hackers to expose Tom’s identity. Ridiculed, mocked, and threatened, Tom decides to shave his beard and hide in what he has close at hand: women’s clothing out of his mother’s store. Scared, alone, homeless, and devoid of his online world, he experiences compassion and warmth from strangers. Live, on the other hand, becomes obsessed with Tom when the police suggest he may have committed suicide. She feels responsible. All the while Tom transitions from a despicable caterpillar into an outrageous trans-butterfly, eventually blossoming into a A Better Man.