A corrupt cop, a drug lord, and a serial killer are three of the characters in seven Aussie historical dramas that are currently available for streaming on Prime Video in the US.
Based on actual events, this Logie Awards nominee for Most Popular Miniseries or Telemovie tells the story of the Milperra Massacre — a deadly battle between members of the Comanchero and the Bandidos motorcycle clubs, the latter a break-away and rival faction of the former, that happened during a public swap meet at the Viking Tavern in Milperra, NSW, on September 2, 1984 (Father’s Day in Australia). The six-part drama stars Callan Mulvey (Underbelly), Matt Nable (Gallipoli), Maeve Dermody (And Then There Were None), and Susie Porter (Wentworth).
Richard Roxburgh (Rake, East of Everything) stars in this award-winning true-crime miniseries as Roger “the Dodger” Rogerson, a corrupt former detective who, after his dismissal from the New South Wales Police in 1986, got back in the game and then got arrested, convicted of “murder and commercial drug supply” and sentenced to life in prison. The two-part drama, a sequel to Blue Murder (which isn’t available for streaming in the US), costars Toni Collette (Wanderlust), Matt Nable (Dead Lucky), Justin Smith (Secret City), and Dan Wyllie (Romper Stomper).
Based on the nonfiction book Sins of the Brother by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy, this true-crime miniseries dramatizes how the NSW Police — including Det. Paul Gordon (Richard Cawthorne, Jack Irish) and Supt. Clive Small (Geoff Morrell, Blue Heelers) — tracked down and caught the “backpacker murders” serial killer Ivan Milat (Logie Awards nominee Malcolm Kennard, Devil’s Playground). Costars include David Field (Preacher), Craig Hall (A Place to Call Home), and Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour).
Robert Mammone (Janet King) leads the cast of this true-crime drama as Tony Mokbel, Australia’s most successful drug lord and most wanted man. The story follows his rise in Melbourne’s criminal underworld, as well as the 18-month manhunt for him, which ended in Mokbel’s arrest in Athens, Greece, and the dismantling of his drug empire. The nine-part miniseries costars Madeleine West (Neighbours), Gyton Grantley (Underbelly), and Shane Jacobson (Jack Irish).
The Ashes cricket series between enemies England and Australia is happening right now (they’re tied 1-1). This AACTA Awards winner for Best Telefeature or Miniseries isn’t about the Ashes but World Series Cricket, a rival competition created by Australian media mogul Kerry Packer (Lachy Hulme, Offspring), who signed up the world’s greatest cricket players for his rebel sporting event in 1977. Costars in the two-parter include Damon Gameau (The Kettering Incident), Brendan Cowell (Game of Thrones), Matthew Le Nevez (Offspring), Clayton Watson (Out of the Blue), Craig Hall (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Richard Davies (Tidelands), and Ryan O’Kane (Hillary).
This award-winning drama follows Ita Buttrose (Asher Keddie, Offspring, The Cry, Love My Way) as she creates the bold, new, and naughty women’s magazine Cleo with Kerry Packer (Rob Carlton, Wanted, Sando, Underbelly) in 1972. Costars in the two-part miniseries include Matt Day (Rake), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland), Ian Meadows (The Moodys), Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road), Annie Maynard (Dead Lucky), and Tony Barry (The Time of Our Lives).
Speaking of Kerry Packer, this multiple award-winning drama set in 1960 revolves his father, media proprietor Sir Frank Packer (Lachy Hulme, Romper Stomper), as he tries to put down rising media mogul Rupert Murdoch (Patrick Brammall, Glitch) in their media war, all while grappling with health issues and attempting to maintain control of his empire as well as his sons Kerry (Luke Ford, Cleverman) and Clyde (Alexander England, The Beautiful Lie). Costars in the two-part drama include Maeve Dermody (Carnival Row) and Heather Mitchell (A Place to Call Home).
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