Small Time Gangster for the small screen

By Peter Allott

Oct 11, 2010

A new crime drama will begin production on the streets of Melbourne next week.

Small Time Gangster, to be produced by Movie Extra and written by Gareth Calverley (Spy Shop) and Joss King (H20: Just Add Water), follows the trend of Weeds and Breaking Bad in exploring the lengths people will go to when times get tough and there is a family to support.

The series centres around Tony Piccolo, an average Australian guy who supports his wife and kids on a meagre wage as a carpet cleaner.

Or does he?

In his spare time, Tony moves from criminal to criminal, ripping off their loot for his own gain. As the criminals are unable to report him to the police, Tony's only concern is keeping the crims at bay and keeping his family safe. Inevitably, the two worlds begin to collide, and Tony has to fight to keep his head above water.

The exciting and diverse cast that will bring the story to life includes Steve Le Marquand (Beneath Hill 60, Last Train To Freo) as Tony, Sacha Horler (My Year Without Sex, Praise) as his gutsy wife Cathy, plus Gia Carides (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), Gary Sweet (Cops L.A.C., The Pacific), Geoff Morrell, (Cloudstreet, Bastard Boys), Jared Daperis (Playing For Charlie), Samuel Johnson (Rush, The Secret Life of Us) and many more.

Peter Jenetsky, the Movie Network's general manager Content Strategy and Marketing, argues that it's not just a simple rehash of The Sopranos, Underbelly or Boardwalk Empire.

"We've taken the genre and given it a fresh perspective heightened by a healthy dose of laconic Aussie humour and truly colourful characters that we're confident subscription TV audiences will love as much as we do."

Small Time Gangster will air on Movie Extra in the first half of 2011.

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  • alexalexzz Oct 12, 2010

    This looks awful. Underbelly was a trashy and exploitative mob show and I'm sure this will be the same.