More actors from Seven soaps are joining the Underbelly franchise.
Todd Lasance (Home and Away, CloudStreet), Brett Climo (All Saints, The Elephant Princess, The Flying Doctors), Jane Allsop (Blue Heelers, Tangle), Paul O’Brien (Home and Away), Greg Stone (Blue Heelers, Marshall Law) will be joined by Jeremy Kewley (Stingers, Janus, Whatever Happened to That Guy?), Annie Jones (Neighbours, City Homicide), and Dimitri Baveas.
They have been cast in Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here, which dramatises the 1998 murders of Victorian police officers, Gary Silk and Rod Miller. It is written by Peter Gawler and directed by Shawn Seet.
The telemovie begins filming today in Melbourne.
Two more “Underbelly movies” will be filmed back to back. Infiltration, slated as the second telemovie, will chronicle the story of Victorian cop Colin McClaren, who infiltrated the local Calabrian mafia and risked his life daily. Infiltration was written by Graeme Koetsveld and will be directed by Grant Brown.
The third film, The Man Who Got Away, recounts the incredible tale of British-Australian drug smuggler David McMillan, the only man ever to escape from Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison. Cherie Nowlan will direct, with Kris Mrksa taking the writing credit.
Nine’s Head of Drama Jo Horsburgh recently told TV Tonight, “It’s not an extension of an Underbelly series. It’s produced by ScreenTime and the approach is certainly based on real crime. So all the research is the same sort of rigour that goes through the Underbelly series and the same approach of dealing with contemporary stories -stories that Australians relate to, about Australian characters. That’s still the nature of the beast.”