BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
THE premise here is that Kalgoorlie, in Australia’s seriously wild west, is the toughest police beat in the world. But fortunately, the rozzers who work there are even tougher. As well as being tolerant, sympathetic and keen on their jobs. Or so they tell the cameras, anyway.
And speaking of cameras, this new series is a brilliantly conceived, shot and edited introduction to the almost incomprehensible excesses, drunkenness and violence powered by the goldfields.
The beat concerned is also the biggest on Earth, apparently, at a million square kilometres. It is in the hands of 215 fairly remarkable rozzers and, frankly, they’re welcome to it.
The whole thing, for fans of that series, is remarkably like Deadwood. Except it’s real. Punches hurt, skulls get cracked, pubs serve real beer, hookers can’t shout for help with their hair and make-up, and the language is less refined.
‘‘ You’re going to have to visit a brothel before you’ve really been part of Kalgoorlie,’’ explains a fetching practitioner.
At one point, the police are called to a club/pub where a statuesque young woman from across the Tasman, who is almost wearing a leopard-print
Good advice: A Kalgoorlie cop