Killing Time

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 9.30pm, Seven It’s im­pos­si­ble to know what dis­graced Mel­bourne lawyer An­drew Fraser, on whose life this 10-part un­der­world tragedy is based, thought when he agreed to this true-crime se­ries. Maybe he be­lieved it would re­deem him. It cer­tainly pulls no punches and it was a com­pelling tri­umph for pay-TV chan­nel TV1, for which it was orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned. Fraser may be a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed at the tum­ble-dry he re­ceives but is prob­a­bly still fas­ci­nated by the re­sult if he’s not tired of the re-runs. Tough writ­ing holds lit­tle back while David Wen­ham, who plays the for­mer hot­shot lawyer, is scathingly con­vinc­ing. It’s the sec­ond episode this week and we are en­veloped in a world of in­se­cu­rity, doubt, ac­ci­dent, cor­rup­tion, amoral­ity, sud­denly van­ish­ing al­liances and murder. It’s hor­ri­fy­ing and hi­lar­i­ous at the same time, and quite hyp­notic. The act­ing is fierce and com­pelling not only from Wen­ham but from a large ensem­ble of vet­er­ans in­clud­ing Kris McQuade, Kerry Walker, Colin Friels, Mal­colm Ken­nard and Richard Cawthorne.

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