Killer of a performance
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.’’
Southern Cross, tonight, 9.30
NAILS IT: David Wenham as Andrew Fraser with Diana Glenn as his wife Denise, in a new series.