Based on the the arrest, trial and conviction of Schapelle Corby in 2004-2005, it features Krew Boylan, Jacinta Stapleton, Denise Roberts, Colin Friels, Les Chantery, Vince Colosimo, Francis Greenslade and Michael Croaker.
Nine’s Monday night premiere means it will avoid a head-to-head battle with INXS: Never Tear us Apart and Rake.
Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, it is directed by Khoa Do.
A 27 year old beauty school dropout from the Gold Coast, Schapelle was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a bogie board bag.
At first, Schapelle’s arrest was barely noticed by the Australian media, but once photographs were published it sparked a media frenzy. And attracted a cast of colourful characters who came to her aid, including sister Mercedes (Jacinta Stapleton), mother Ros (Denise Roberts), father Mick (Colin Friels), and her ‘white knights’ mobile phone mogul ‘Mad Ron’ Bakir (Les Chantery) and Gold Coast lawyer Robin Tampoe (Vince Colosimo). Also prominent in her story are Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (Francis Greenslade) and Australian Federal Police boss Mick Keelty (Michael Croaker).
Schapelle avoided the death penalty but was sentenced to 20 years in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison. To this day she proclaims her innocence. She is currently applying for parole.
From her prison cell in Bali, Schapelle Corby became Australia’s first multi-media celebrity of the internet era. Her case became front page news that captivated a nation and continues to polarise opinion.
Schapelle will also feature Russell Kiefel, Waseem Khan, Ngoc Phan, Liana Cornell, Charlotte Chimes and Orpheus Pledger.