Unprecedented BADNESS…The latest series of UNDERBELLY commences filming
The Nine Network and Screentime are proud to confirm that principal photography has commenced on UNDERBELLY: Badness, the fifth installment in the landmark crime series.
Shot on location in Sydney and set from 2001 – 2011, UNDERBELLY: Badness chronicles the spider web of criminality spun by Anthony Perish and the quest by a dedicated team of police to bring him and his associates to justice.
Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan from the Nine Network said, “UNDERBELLY: Badness is a riveting and compelling story of a modern underworld figure that merged into the fabric of our community completely under the radar, and we are very proud to shine a light on this story and bring it to Australian audiences”.
A feared underworld figure, Perish managed to maintain an almost non-existent public profile, which was only revealed when his connection to the murder of Terry Falconer, a former inmate of Sydney’s Silverwater jail, brought him to the attention of Strike Force Tuno, which was formed to find Falconer’s killers. Displaying an extraordinary level of perseverance and determination, Strike Force Tuno, led by Detective Inspector Jubelin spent ten years gathering the evidence that would finally see Perish brought to justice.
Starring Jonathan LaPaglia as Anthony Perish and Matt Nable as Gary Jubelin, as well as Josh Quong Tart, Aaron Jeffery, Ben Winspear, Leeanna Walsman and Jodi Gordon, UNDERBELLY: Badness is an eight-part mini-series, directed by Tony Tilse, David Caesar and Ian Watson, with scripts written by Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard, Jeff Truman and Niki Aken.
Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick will return as Executive Producers, along with long-standing UNDERBELLY Producers Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio who will helm this latest series. The Nine Network’s Drama Executive’s, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan will also serve as Executive Producers.
“This, the fifth series of UNDERBELLY, is the most contemporary yet and is in marked contrast to UNDERBELLY: Razor,” said Des Monaghan, Executive Chairman of Screentime. “Whilst on the face of it they couldn’t be more different, they do both share the UNDERBELLY DNA, namely police versus organised crime, the dramatisation of actual events, real names wherever legally possible, and an honest attempt to get to the essence of what really happened.”