Tilly Devine and her husband 'Big Jim' own Australia's largest brothel network. Kate Leigh runs a ring of speakeasies all across Sydney. The rivalry between these two crime empresses will plunge Sydney into gang war.
It was the 1920s, Sydney, Australia and the gutters were running with blood as the underworld exploded in violence. Vice in the harbour city was dominated by two powerful women - Tilly Devine, a sharp-tongued cockney who ran a chain of 40 brothels, and her bitter rival Kate Leigh, an Aussie battler who'd built an empire out of sly grog, thieving and cocaine. But there was only room for one woman at the top.
The firearm given to Frank "The Little Gunman" Green by 'Big' Jim Devine is supposed to be a Colt .45 semi-automatic firearm, but is in fact a Norinco NP-29 9mm as indicated by the writing on the slide and internal diameter of the muzzle. See more »
Razor tight Underbelly in it's finest hour
This 4th Underbelly, that really sends us back in time from 1927-1936 stands superior to the others. The acting is amazing, the Tilly Devine role, standing superior to the others, while I also thought Jeremy Lindsay Taylor was bloody frighteningly fantastic as bad..se Norman Bruhn, almost up to the almost impossible performance level of Tilly Devine. The sets are great, nothing short of faultless, where I especially liked the formation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in it's early stages. And there is a lot of T and A for bird watches, probably not that much, but there are a lot of sex scenes, throughout the whole series. It's violent too, the flick of many razors, slashing and puncturing skin. The innocent guise of the barrow boy (I shouldn't really call him that) proves an interesting shock surprise. Again it's another case of cops versus crims, 'put them in the lock up, again free in two hours', whatever, a revolving door. The young lass (Anna Graham)who of own volition becomes a pro, is good too, clinging onto guys for what they can give em'. She even has a crack as the madam (Tilly Devine's) husband, where wifie is too amused. Khan Crittenden is good too as a wanna be thug, who's really played for a sucker sort of character. Hate has a higher plane of meaning with the constant rivalry between Tilly Devine and the other madam, (Danielle McCormack) who at times had me laughing, her family, really a bunch of no hopers, or people you feel sorry for, especially the daughter. My only critique, though you can't really call it that, as if that's how it went down, was the ending between the two, the showdown of Madams at a gravesite, where both walked away, where it would of been to see them fight, or having only one walk away. If you want engrossing Underbelly fare, the old periodic belly should fill the void, that's if you watch it from the start. Like a mafia flick, you don't know who the next one's gonna be to bite the bullet. But too, this one, may put you off razors for life. Flawless Underbelly, where I hope to see much more of the Tilly Devine actress who hasn't done much since.
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