The Underbelly franchise rolls on with another period piece in the shape of Razor.
Razor this time takes us back to the 1920’s when Sydney was built on illegal drugs, gambling, extortion and prostitution. When brothels and sly grog shops flourished and gangs of thugs slashed their opposition into silence until the streets ran with blood. A time when two vice queens Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, ruled the roost and battled to be top of the tree. A time when gangsters like Norman Bruhn, Guido Calletti, Big Jim Devine, Squizzy Taylor, Phil “the Jew” Jeffs, John “Snowy” Cutmore and Frank “the Little Gunman” Green were causing trouble for the burgeoning Australian police force.
Brilliant idea to take the story back to the roaring twenties. Directors on board for the series are Tony Tilse, Cherie Nowlan, Shawn Seet and David Caesar. Regular Underbelly writers Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard are also on board. Executive producer Des Monaghan said “The women who battle for control of the underworld are truly incredible characters whose stories are as fresh today as when they occurred. And despite legendary criminal figures, Squizzy Taylor and Norman Bruhn, our story is dominated by extraordinary women such as Kate Leigh, Tilly Devine, Nellie Cameron and arguably Australia’s first policewoman, Lillian Armfield. A truly rich tale with larger than life characters.”
Australia | Channel 9 – Screentime
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 13 | AIRDATE: Broadcast 21 August – 6 November 2011
BOOK: Razor by Larry Writer | PRODUCERS: Elisa Argenzio, Peter Gawler | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Des Monaghan, Greg Haddrick, Jo Horsburgh
Danielle Cormack as Kate Leigh
Chelsie Preston Crayford as Tilly Devine
Anna McGahan as Nellie Cameron
Jack Campbell as “Big Jim” Devine
John Batchelor as Wally Tomlinson
Khan Chittenden as Frank “The Little Gunman” Green
Richard Brancatisano as Guido Calletti
Craig Hall as Detective Inspector Bill Mackay
Lucy Wigmore as Lillian May Armfield
Steve Le Marquand as Sergeant Tom Wickham
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Norman Bruhn
Justin Rosniak as Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor
Felix Williamson as Phil “The Jew” Jeffs
Lincoln Lewis as Bruce Higgs
Pippa Grandison as Mona Woods
Catherine Glavicic as May Seckold
Conrad Coleby as Constable Wharton “Syd” Thompson
Guy Edmonds as Greg “The Gunman” Gaffney
David Willis as Bill “The Octopus” Flanagan
Rel Hunt as William Archer
Matt Boesenberg as John “Snowy” Cutmore
Adam Tuominen as Frank “Razor Jack” Hayes
Jessica Mauboy as Gloria Starr
Rob Mills as Eric Connolly
Saskia Burmeister as Ida Maddocks
Emily Rose Brennan as “Black” Aggie
5. THE DARLINGHURST OUTRAGE
Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)
Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.
NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000
Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)
In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976
Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)
Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.
Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”
Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production
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