Filming has begun on the fifth installment in Nine’s crime series, Underbelly: Badness.
Shot on location in Sydney and set from 2001 – 2011, Underbelly: Badness stars Jonathan LaPaglia as underworld figure Anthony Perish.
A Press Release indicates “Perish maintained an almost non-existent public profile, which was only revealed when his connection to the murder of Terry Falconer, a former inmate of Sydney’s Silverwater jail, brought him to the attention of Strike Force Tuno, formed to find Falconer’s killers.
“Strike Force Tuno spent ten years gathering the evidence that would finally see Perish brought to justice.”
Matt Nable stars as Detective Inspector Jubelin with Josh Quong Tart, Ben Winspear, Leeanna Walsman and Jodi Gordon all appearing. Aaron Jeffery will feature in his second Underbelly instalment.
Underbelly: Badness is an eight-part mini-series, directed by Tony Tilse, David Caesar and Ian Watson, with scripts written by Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard, Jeff Truman and Niki Aken.
Nine Drama execsJo Rooney and Andy Ryan said, “Underbelly: Badness is a riveting and compelling story of a modern underworld figure that merged into the fabric of our community completely under the radar, and we are very proud to shine a light on this story and bring it to Australian audiences”
Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick will return as Executive Producers, along Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio. The Nine Network’s Drama Executive’s, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan will also serve as Executive Producers.
“This, the fifth series of Underbelly, is the most contemporary yet and is in marked contrast to Underbelly: Razor,” said Monaghan, Executive Chairman of Screentime. “Whilst on the face of it they couldn’t be more different, they do both share the Underbelly DNA, namely police versus organised crime, the dramatisation of actual events, real names wherever legally possible, and an honest attempt to get to the essence of what really happened.”