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3 items from 2012


Foxtel reveals cast for Prisoner remake Wentworth

3 October 2012 7:04 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia have announced the cast for the remake of classic Australian series Prisoner.

The contemporised Wentworth, which begins production next week, will see the return of Bea Smith played by Underbelly: Razor’s Danielle Cormack, Liz Birdsworth played by Celia Ireland of Laid and Franky Doyle, now a GenY lesbian, played by Rush’s Nicole Da Silva.

Kris McQuade of Killing Time will play new crime matriarch Jacs Holt and Shareena Clanton will play a young indigenous woman Doreen Anderson.

Other cast members include Catherine McClements, Kate Atkinson, Aaron Jeffrey, Robbie Magaziva and Leeanna Walsman.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television said: “Wentworth will be bold Australian storytelling with this remarkable group of actors portraying the rivalries, power struggles and heartbreak of prison life in a drama tailor-made for the subscription television audience.”

FremantleMedia’s Jo Porter, director of drama and Ep on Wentworth said: »

- Colin Delaney

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New Prisoner series, Wentworth, begins shoot next week as cast revealed

3 October 2012 4:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Wentworth, the new drama based on iconic Australian TV series Prisoner, starts production in Melbourne next week.

The 10-part series will be filmed on a purpose-built women.s prison, the Wentworth Detention Centre, where inmates and corrections staff will be forced to forge unlikely friendships to survive on the inside.

The cast includes Danielle Cormack (Underbelly Razor, Rake) as Wentworth.s latest arrival, suburban wife and mum Bea Smith; Nicole Da Silva (Rush, East West 101) as Gen Y lesbian Franky Doyle; Celia Ireland (Laid, All Saints) as earthy Liz Birdsworth; and Shareena Clanton as young Aboriginal woman Doreen Anderson.

Catherine McClements (Rush, Water Rats) and Kate Atkinson (Offspring, Rush) play Governor Meg Jackson and her deputy Vera Bennett. Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly Badness, McLeod.s Daughters) and Robbie Magasiva (Shortland Street) are corrections officers Matthew .Fletch. Fletcher and Will Jackson. Leeanna Walsman (Underbelly Badness) plays progressive and crusading lawyer Erica Davidson. »

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Underbelly starts filming just days after Perish brothers convicted

16 April 2012 5:10 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

A new series of Underbelly has started filming for Nine and production company Screentime.

The fifth series- called Underbelly: Badness – returns to Sydney’s modern crime history, set between 2001 and 2011.

The story is based on the murder of Terry Falconer by underworld figures Anthony Perish and Andrew Perish and the team of police dedicated to bringing the Perishs to justice.

Perish, 42, was sentenced to 18 years on Friday 13 April 2012 in the Nsw Supreme Court while his brother Andrew Perish, 41, was sentenced to at least nine years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Des Monaghan, executive producer of the series and executive chairman of Screentime said: “This, the fifth series of Underbelly, is the most contemporary yet and is in marked contrast to Underbelly: Razor. While 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, »

- Colin Delaney

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