CRIME CAPER BY THE BOOK

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

WELL this is fun. Les Nor­ton is

“16 stone of prime Queens­land beef” with a “head as hard as a cricket ball and fists the size of Christ­mas hams.” Yes, wel­come to this ocker new crime drama (with a bloody good dose of com­edy), set in Kings Cross in 1985 and based on Robert G. Barrett’s nov­els. Nor­ton (Alexan­der Ber­trand) ar­rives from the bush and lands a job work­ing as mus­cle at a colour­ful night­club, which­turns out to be an il­le­gal casino that keeps op­er­at­ing by do­ing dodgy deals with cops and other of­fi­cials. It’s an era where peo­ple say “You wouldn’t be dead for quids” with reg­u­lar­ity, mo­bile phones are still a nov­elty and you can take guns through air­ports. It’s also an era where you could ac­tu­ally find some en­ter­tain­ment af­ter dark in Kings Cross. Af­ter show­ing his cre­den­tials with the afore­men­tioned fists, Nor­ton winds up be­ing hired to re­trieve some ladies work­ing at an es­tab­lish­ment run by “brothel queen of the West” Doreen Bog­nor, played bril­liantly by Rebel Wil­son (pic­tured). It turns out Nor­ton has es­caped Queens­land by leav­ing be­hind some trou­ble of his own. As well as Ber­trand (soon to be seen in Seven’s Aus­tralianGan­g­ster) the cast also in­cludes Hunter Page-Lochard, Stephen Pea­cocke and David Wen­ham, while there’s clas­sic Aus­tralian ’80s tunes from Men­tal as Any­thing, Pseudo Echo and The Divinyls as part of the sound­track. Let’s hope view­ers get be­hind this.

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