Underbelly: The Golden Mile began shooting on the streets of Sydney this week.
The third instalment of Underbelly is currently recreating Kings Cross in Longueville Road, Lane Cove.
The retail strip has been dressed to resemble exteriors of Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross in the 1980s including notorious hot spots, The Pink Pussycat and The Love Machine. While the road is cordoned off for Nine's filming, even State Transit buses are being diverted around the shooting area.
The third season of the hit series will focus on Kings Cross in 1989, where the lines between cops and crims often was easily blurred, a culture which led to the Wood Royal Commission in 1995.
Emma Booth, who has appeared in Clubland, 3 Acts of Murder and The Circuit, will play Kym Hollingsworth, a former stripper turned police cadet whose undercover work has been drawn upon by the scriptwriters.
In the role of "smiling teenage Kings Cross identity" John Ibrahim is newcomer Firass Dirani. Former All Saints star Wil Traval will appear as policeman Joe Dooley while Diarmid Heidenreich is cop Eddie Gould, and Damian Garvey (East of Everything, Sea Patrol, McLeod's Daughters) plays detective "Chook" Fowler.
More key cast members are yet to be announced.
Several actors from the second series are also returning to the series including Peter O’Brien as the notorious George Freeman, Georgina Haig as his wife Georgina, Paul Tassone, Daniel Roberts, Dieter Brummer and John McNeil as crime kingpin Lennie McPherson.
Despite some comment that the second series didn't live up to the hype of the first, its ratings were nonetheless impressive, consistently over the 2 million mark.
That's better than Packed to the Rafters.
Nine's head of Drama, Jo Horsburgh said, "Underbelly is great drama and the making of this third series is proving to be just as exciting as the previous two. The Golden Mile is already shaping up in its promise to deliver entertaining characters and compelling stories that we have come to expect from the Underbelly brand. I can't wait to see it come to life and for an audience to sit back [and] enjoy the ride."
It is expected to air on Nine in early 2010.
Sydney locals (and fans willing to travel) -- are you planning to visit the set during filming? Discuss the Sydney shoot in the Underbelly forum and if you make it on location, share your experience!