MAN ON THE RUN
There’s nowhere else to turn, so Chopper is on the run for his life, in the finale of the mini-series, Underbelly Files: Chopper.
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Every ery way he turns, Mark “Chopper” Read is a wanted man. He’s wanted by the two women in his life, as well as the criminal underworld for a range of deals they hold him responsible for.
He’s also wanted by the public who see the notorious criminal as something of a modern day “Ned Kelly”, for his ruthless way of taking on the law.
Most of all, however, Chopper (Aaron Jeffery) is wanted by the police, rst for a shooting that went terribly wrong and later for a disappearance they are sure he’s behind.
There’s no respite in Chopper’s world and he’s about to nd everything will come closing in too fast for comfort, in the shattering series nale of Underbelly Files: Chopper.
His beloved partner Margaret (Ella Scott Lynch) has stood beside him for years and knows all his darker sides, but she has been loyal through one crisis after another.
But when he gets into trouble again, this time for the shooting of crim Syd Collins (Todd Lasance), it’s the end of the line for Margaret. She made him swear to leave the worst of his underworld past behind, but after the police come calling again, Margaret is horri ed by the details.
What’s even worse is the way she watches him handle the allegations. Chopper has found a new place in the public limelight as a larger-than-life character, who loves holding court and telling his tales. Margaret can see he’s becoming his own worst
Margaret gives Chopper an ultimation: straighten out your life or you’re on your own
enemy and, bit by bit, their relationship begins to fracture.
This time, Margaret lays down the ultimatum: if Chopper is found guilty and goes back to prison, she will leave him.
Chopper is shocked by the warning, yet it still fails to make him rein in his largerthan-life behaviour as he turns the criminal trial into a circus.
In the courtroom, Chopper revels in telling one big tale after another and is unable to resist having an audience to play to. The fun comes to an end, however, when the jury announces he’s to return to prison with an inde nite sentence.
Margaret is true to her word – she tells Chopper she can no longer live like this and leaves him.
Once locked away again, Chopper nally realises the inde nite sentence means he might be stuck behind bars for the rest of his life.
Out of desperation, he hatches a plan to return to life on the outside. He will need to change and create a new persona – that of a criminal who has seen the error of his ways and reforms. He also decides to marry and soon exchanges vows with girlfriend Mary Ann (Zoe Ventoura).
But for Chopper to stay out of trouble, it will require a monumental change of tack from the man who has never been one to run from a ght. So when a new turn of events nds the police again questioning him, this time over a mystery disappearance, he faces a dilemma – to come clean and tell the truth or continue the performance that has kept him in the spotlight for so long.
For Chopper, it becomes one of the biggest decisions of his life. And once his mind is made up, he knows there will be no going back.
DARK WORLD Syd Collins (Todd Lasance), and Chopper (Aaron Jeffery)
CHOPPER’S BELOVED PARTNERS Margaret (Ella Scott Lynch) and Mary Ann (Zoe Ventoura) TVS