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An explosive case of international espionage.
A British diplomat is arrested on charges of working with Russian mafia. After death threats to his wife, they are taken into protective custody. Then the MI6 shows up with a new piece of the puzzle. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dougray Scott ... Ian Porter

Rachael Blake ... Det. Chief Insp. Julie Hales

Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ... Mark Wilson

Richard Roxburgh ... Charles Van Koors

Claire Forlani ... Pippa Porter

Don Hany ... Sergei Krousov
Elan Zavelsky ... Nikolai Krousov

Jonny Pasvolsky ... Antonio Morelli

Tony Martin ... Bill Murray

Socratis Otto ... Shannon Cross

Stephen Curry ... Det. Sgt. Neil Trent
Alex Menglet ... Dimitri

Shane Briant ... Winston Beale

Costa Ronin ... Vladimir

Alin Sumarwata ... Yasmin Van Koors

Chris Haywood ... Browning
Doris Younane ... Jenny Basheer
Kate Box ... Rona Hennessy
Anita Hegh ... Annabelle
Janeth Mayo ... Sally
Jason Polkinghorne ... Duncan Young

Lusiana Belle Frost ... Grace
Tharini Mudaliar ... D.C. Megan Robinson
Tony Barry ... The Libertine

Pacharo Mzembe ... D.C. Terry Ayyar
Maria Matteo ... Connie
Fergus Whelan ... Louis Porter
Hugo Whelan ... Louis Porter

Lindsay Moss ... NSW Police Officer
Jason Glover ... Aussie Russian
David Kerslake ... Funeral Director
Helen Sutermeister ... Signals Officer
Gerard Webb ... Bush Camper
Andrew Hunter ... Bush Camper

Jodine Muir ... Flight Attendant
Leon Burchill ... The Didgeridoo Busker
Ilya Melnikoff ... Tajik State Official
Yiani Andrikidis ... School Boy
Jacqui Osborne ... Barmaid
Darryl Cooper ... Proprietor

Christian Antidormi ... Street Kid
David Baltins ... Street Kid

Mark Duncan ... Gunman

Philip Partridge ... Gunman (as Phil Partridge)
Igor Breakenback ... Truck Driver
Neal Horton ... Russian

Ashley Fairfield ... Highway Patrol Officer
Nigel Harbach ... Russian
Normie Daghel ... Russian (as Norm Daghel)

Aaron Hammond ... Russian Thug
Bob Mirovic ... Russian Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Clark ... Porter look-a-like
Mike Duncan ... Police Officer (as Michael Duncan)

Val Athanassiou ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Leonidas Gulaptis ... Uniformed Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Andrikidis 
Writing credits
Peter Gawler (written by)

Greg Haddrick (story) and
Ronan Glennane (story) and
Nell Greenwood (story)

Produced by
Peter Andrikidis .... producer
Justin Bodle .... executive producer
Richard Mewis .... development producer
Sam Thompson .... line producer
Original Music by
Burkhard von Dallwitz  (2008) (as Burkhard Dallwitz)
Cinematography by
Owen McPolin (director of photography: London and Tajikistan)
Mark Wareham (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Neil Thumpston 
Casting by
Ann Robinson 
Production Design by
Kim Buddee 
Art Direction by
John Wingrove  (as JD Wingrove)
Costume Design by
Louise Wakefield 
Makeup Department
Anna Gray .... hair & makeup artist
Jennifer Lamphee .... hair/makeup supervisor
Zoe Saleeba .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Gordon Andersen .... unit manager
Nathaniel Purdon .... assistant unit manager (as Nat Purdon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tremaine Egan .... third assistant director
Jeremy Grogan .... second assistant director
Russell Whiteoak .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mary-Liz Andrews .... art department coordinator
John King .... stand-by props
Katie Lenehan .... assistant stand-by props
Melanie Livermore .... props buyer (as Mel Livermore)
Melanie Livermore .... set dresser (as Mel Livermore)
Sam Lukins .... assistant props buyer
Sam Lukins .... assistant set dresser
Frazer Moore .... assistant props buyer
Frazer Moore .... assistant set dresser
Victoria Williams .... props buyer
Victoria Williams .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lucas Bone .... dialogue editor
Jake Brown .... boom operator
Justin Dotondo .... sound assistant
Jared Dwyer .... sound assistant
Cameron Grant .... sound effects editor
Jason Hancock .... foley recordist: Feet 'n Frames
Bronwyn Murphy .... dialogue editor
Andrew Plain .... sound supervisor
Peter Purcell .... sound mixer (as Pete Purcell)
John Simpson .... foley artist: Feet 'n Frames
Stuart Waller .... sound recordist
Megan Wedge .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Daniel Bavell .... titles design
Dave Everett .... special effects technician
Andrew Hardingham .... electronics technician
David Trethewey .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
William O'Connell .... vfx compositor
Francesca Pascoe .... computer graphics
Ray Anthony .... stunts
Raelene Chapman .... stunts
Paul Doyle .... stunts
Mark Duncan .... stunts
Dean Gould .... stunt coordinator
Sarah Grieve .... stunts
Brian Grogan .... stunts
Goran Jakovski .... stunts
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt performer
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunts
Marc Le Cornu .... stunts (as Mark Le Cornu)
Tony Lynch .... stunts
Scott McLean .... stunts
Philip Partridge .... stunts (as Phil Partridge)
Leon Stripp .... stunt performer
Leon Stripp .... stunts
Gordon Waddell .... stunts
Mark Duncan .... stunt double: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (uncredited)
Mike Duncan .... stunt double: Dougray Scott (uncredited)
Mike Duncan .... stunt double: Richard Roxburgh (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Bartlett-Sweiger .... grip
Stephen Brack .... still photographer (as Steve Brack)
Wei-Ching Chong .... b focus puller
Jason Ewart .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stephen Harding .... grip assistant (as Stephen Harding Jr.)
Carl Mullin .... grip assistant
Michael Pedder .... best boy
Toby Petch .... clapper loader
Nino Tamburri .... focus puller: "a" camera
Matthew Temple .... camera c operator
Aron Walker .... key grip (as Aaron Walker)
Simon Williams .... gaffer
Jimmy Pozarik .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ann Robinson .... casting
Gary Davy .... casting: uk (uncredited)
Grant Thompson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernadette Croft .... assistant costume stand-by
Xanthe Heubel .... additional costume
Amanda Irving .... costume supervisor
Samantha Morley .... costume standby
Editorial Department
Annelie Chapple .... colorist (as Annelle Chapple)
Simon Dibbs .... picture editor: Island Films
Prue Fletcher .... high-definition post production: The LaB Sydney
Margi Hoy .... first assistant editor
William O'Connell .... on-line editor
Music Department
David Herzog .... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Michael Letho .... music mixer
Michael Letho .... music recordist
Jess Moore .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Adam Pinnock .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
K.J. Andersen .... unit assistant (as KJ 'Kage' Andersen)
Tony Andersen .... unit assistant
Kingston Anderson .... location manager
Robert Bailey .... catering assistant
Teresa Barker .... production coordinator (as Terésa Barker)
Carl Beaumont .... unit assistant
Pat Breese .... unit publicity: Strut PR & Events
Anni Browning .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Jean Paul Bruneteau .... catering supervisor
Anthony Cogin .... adr loop group (as Tony Cogin)
Emma Cohen .... unit nurse
Trish Davidson .... post-production accountant
Patrick Elkington .... unit assistant
Karen Farrell .... unit publicity: Strut PR & Events
Emma Fletcher .... production secretary
Tony Garland .... armorer
Tony Gibbs .... insurance: HW Wood Australia
Ian Gledhill .... head of finance: Screentime
Dean Gould .... safety supervisor
Louise Johnson .... script supervisor
Melinda Kuhl .... travel services: Encore Travel
Peter Lamb .... technical advisor
Reezy Miller .... post-production script
Reza Mokhtar .... catering supervisor
Ian Seymour .... unit assistant
Sotiri Sotiropoulos .... safety supervisor
James Weinert .... catering assistant
Christopher Wheeler .... on-set location manager
Cherie Vierucci Whyte .... production accountant (as Cherie Whyte)
Sandy Willis .... legal and business affairs: Screentime
Di Adams .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Amanda Bishop .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Emma Buzo .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Darren Gilshenan .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Sophie Gregg .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Slava Orel .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Nils Pedotti .... production runner (uncredited)
Costa Ronin .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Andrew Saareste .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Justin Smith .... adr loop group (uncredited)
John Xintavelonis .... adr loop group (uncredited)

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Australia:190 min (two parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:MA (2010) | Portugal:M/12

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Tourist Authority video-postcard posing as thriller, or vice versa?, 16 May 2012
Author: wordcraft from Finland

When I watched Part I of this two-part series (sight unseen, no peeking at the newspaper blurb), my immediate reaction was that it HAD to be an international co-production, since it suffers from that curious and embarrassing mannerism of nearly all productions made jointly by two (or three) national broadcasters, namely a perceived need to show countless clichéd images of the countries and cities concerned, presumably so that the Aussies can see "what London looks like" and the Brits can see how nine kinds of wonderful Sydney is.

Hence the action was punctuated every few seconds with expensive helicopter footage of locations like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the London Eye, the Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, the Gherkin, St. Paul's, Piccadilly Circus by night (have I left anyone out?) and we got no authentic sense of "place" at all, simply bleeding chunks of what some imagination-challenged advertising agency thinks tourists want to see, OUGHT to see.

This approach actually seems a little pathetic and lacking in national self-confidence for a mini-series made in 2009 (and not a film from 1959), as though the show somehow still felt obliged to serve up eye-candy vignettes of the places to be at all "relevant".

The British do not feel a similar need for these postcard shots when they are working alone and/or for a domestic audience, and I rather doubted the Australians would really be so gauche that they think their own grown-ups need to be treated to an open-top-bus sightseeing tour between snippets of violence or dialogue.

Well... it turns out I was dead wrong about the co-production angle. It seems to be an OZ production plain and simple (and several people have mocked the wandering accents of the cast, too), sold on to UKTV, whose involvement was thus presumably only financial and not "artistic".

I'm not sure what that says about the mindset of the makers (or perhaps after all they got seed-money from the NSW Tourism Development Office and other similar instances in the UK), but personally I found the tacky inserts immensely intrusive and annoying, and I couldn't help thinking that if they had spent less on them and more on the nuts & bolts of script and direction (and had even hired an actor with a smidgen of dramatic skills and no facial paralysis to play Ian Porter) they might instead have been able to create a thriller that held my attention.

Still, they are definitely not the first to fall into this trap, and sure as hell they won't be the last. Unfortunately.

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