The film is set in Sydney and the Button family are residents of Sydney. However, the conversation between wife Christine Button (Anita Hegh) and Doug Lamont (Colin Friels) was shot in Canberra on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, probably the park near the National Library, with the High Court of Australia and the Carillon clearly visible in the background. See more »
An ambiguous crime drama from a writer and director who both contributed to the recent gangland epic Underbelly. The Informant features an excellent cast, led by the always reliable William McInnes, who gave an a superbly intense performance in last year's brilliant miniseries East West 101 (without doubt one of the best Australian television productions in recent years).
This TV movie was broadcast without fanfare on a quiet Friday night, no doubt seen by very few people, which is a shame. It was also awarded best original telemovie at the Australian Writers' Guild 'AWGIEs' a few months ago. As we all become increasingly disillusioned with network television, we should at least be grateful that this was shown at all, and not relegated to the 'not commercial enough' section of Channel Ten's dusty archives.
The film is an intriguing blend of criminal investigation and family drama, set in Sydney, with McInnes as a blokey furniture salesman with apparent knowledge of international crime syndicates. He is employed by the government to infiltrate one such organisation. The movie is stylish and well-written and provided a refreshing change from associating with drunken muppets at the pub on a Friday night :)
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