Killer of a per­for­mance

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AN­DREW Fraser is the for­mer silvertail so­lic­i­tor whose drug- fu­elled fall from grace earnt him a stretch in Vic­to­ria’s Port Phillip Prison.

In an in­spired piece of cast­ing, David Wen­ham, one of Aus­tralia’s most ac­com­plished ac­tors, took on the role of Fraser in Killing Time which ranks as one of the most out­stand­ing lo­cal TV pro­duc­tions in years.

Fraser, who de­fended the likes of vi­o­lent drug lord Den­nis Allen, Jimmy Krak­ouer, Alan Bond and those ac­cused of the Walsh St mur­ders, has of­fered in­sight into the TV drama­ti­sa­tion of his life.

‘‘ Have you ever won­dered what it would be like to watch your life dis­sected be­fore your eyes with ev­ery fault and foible ex­posed for all to see,’’ Fraser asks. ‘‘ It is ex­traor­di­nar­ily con­fronting yet ex­cit­ing, all at once.

‘‘ When I de­cided to write my first two books, Court In The Mid­dle and Lu­natic Soup, I made a con­scious de­ci­sion to tell my story, warts and all, so when TV1 com­mis­sioned the books to be­come Killing Time I was un­der no mis­ap­pre­hen­sion I was in for a fluffy, feel- good piece gloss­ing over my to­tal fall from grace.

‘‘ Once I met Ian David [writer of an­other stand­out piece of Aussie TV, Blue Murder], Ian made it clear he would write a hard- hit­ting se­ries lay­ing bare not only me, but the Mel­bourne le­gal fra­ter­nity, cop­pers and the law. He cer­tainly de­liv­ered. I spent many hours with the script- writ­ing team and was im­pressed by how fa­nat­i­cal they were to make sure the se­ries was as ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble.

‘‘ To watch your life un­ravel in slow mo­tion is like watch­ing a train wreck. You don’t want to look but you feel com­pelled to.

‘‘ The cast­ing of David Wen­ham as me is in­spired. He has nailed me. Colin Friels as my old client Lewis Mo­ran, and Richard Cawthorne as Mr Death, Den­nis Allen, are the stand­out sup­port­ing cast. Lewis was un­der­stated, whereas Den­nis was as mad as a March hare, right out there. And Richard’s por­trayal is breath­tak­ing.’’

KILLING TIME,

South­ern Cross, tonight, 9.30

NAILS IT: David Wen­ham as An­drew Fraser with Diana Glenn as his wife Denise, in a new se­ries.

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