Filmed mostly in south-western Victoria, this thriller is set against a background of police corruption, racism and family tragedy. It stars Don Hany, Claudia Karvan, Anthony Hayes, Catherine McClements, Erik Thomson, Tony Briggs, Dan Wyllie, Robyn Nevin, Meyne Wyatt, Dan Hamill, Bruce R Carter, Wayne Blair and Jim Russell.
Directed by Rowan Woods, adapted by Andrew Knight, this has been produced by Essential Media.
Sounds like a cracker.
Detective Joe Cashin (Don Hany) has returned to the coastal village of Port Monro where he grew up. Broken in both body and spirit as a result of a botched homicide raid in Melbourne, Cashin and junior police officer Kendall Rodgers (Marni Johnston) run the local cop shop. Not everyone is pleased to see Cashin back. His mother, Sybil (Noni Hazlehurst), wants Joe to leave immediately, before the dark cloud of his father’s death overwhelms him.
Joe’s new neighbour, Helen Castleman (Claudia Karvan), also stirs up memories. Thirty years ago she planted a summer kiss on Joe that still lingers. When Helen accuses him of putting up illegal fences, desire and attraction are laced with hostility.
When well-heeled philanthropist Charles Bourgoyne (Ralph Cotterill) is brutally bashed and robbed in his home, Joe’s investigation uncovers a cycle of lies, betrayal and systematic corruption in a community where tensions over race, class and politics are at boiling point.
Capturing the chilling action and laconic wit of Peter Temple’s internationally acclaimed novel, this television adaptation filmed against a rugged coastline brings alive the novel’s cast of complex characters as it slowly reveals the shocking face behind a community’s respectable mask.
Sunday 2 February 8:30pm ABC1.