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3 Acts of Murder (2009)

In 1929 Arthur Upfield, Australia's premier crime writer, plotted the perfect murder for his novel The Sands of Windee. Meanwhile, one of his friends, stock-man Snowy Rowles, put the scheme... See full summary »

Director:

Rowan Woods

Writer:

Ian David
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Arthur Upfield
Luke Ford ... Snowy Rowles
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... George Ritchie
Bill McCluskey Bill McCluskey ... Charles Bogle
Emma Booth ... Sarah Corbett
Nicola Bartlett Nicola Bartlett ... Elizabeth Bogle
Greg McNeill Greg McNeill ... Jimmy Ryan
Trevor Jamieson ... Lary Dooley
Ningali Lawford Ningali Lawford ... Emily Dooley (as Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
Ian Toyne Ian Toyne ... Lance Maddison
Alison Van Reeken Alison Van Reeken ... Elsie Maddison (as Alison van Reeken)
David Smyth David Smyth ... David Coleman
Ian Meadows ... George Lloyd
Elwyn Edwards Elwyn Edwards ... Old Man
Oliver Wenn Oliver Wenn ... Louis Carson
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In 1929 Arthur Upfield, Australia's premier crime writer, plotted the perfect murder for his novel The Sands of Windee. Meanwhile, one of his friends, stock-man Snowy Rowles, put the scheme into deadly effect, even before the book was published. This true story resulted in one of Australia's most sensational murder trials of the 1930's and catapulted Upfield's name onto the world stage. Written by Taylor Media

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Brilliant Australian television drama since 'Underbelly 1".
14 June 2009 | by welly-4See all my reviews

I saw the advert for '3 Acts of Murder' a couple of weeks ago and thought I would like to watch it. By pure chance I did catch it on the ABC last night, and boy, am I glad I did. Great story, made even better by the fact that it is true. Well written, well acted, great direction, beautiful production values - it just blew me away by how good it was. I watched the "Boney" series on TV as a kid and knew of Upfields name, but little else. I was unaware of the controversy surrounding him and the murders of 3 people, and his 'involvement' with the murderer, who was inspired by Upfields research into creating "the perfect crime". After watching the telemovie I jumped straight onto the computer to find out more, and now want to read the book featured in the film. I also loved the relationships explored between Upfield and his wife and son. I would highly recommend anyone who appreciates well-made Aussie drama to see "3 Acts Of Murder" and I implore the ABC to give this telemovie an encore screening.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Acts of Murder: The Story of a Crime Writer See more »

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ScreenWest, Taylor Media See more »
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Color:

Color (16 mm version)
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