CRIME CAPER BY THE BOOK
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.