Underbelly 2 will include events surrounding the 1977 murder of anti-marijuana campaigner Don Mackay from Griffith, according to one report today.
A member of the show’s production crew let slip when she contacted Griffith newspaper The Area News last week, seeking permission to use an original Area News front page in the program.
“The series is a prequel to the last series and will certainly involve the disappearance of Donald Mackay and the movements of (drug baron) Robert Trimbole,” she said.
But producers would not be filming in Griffith, instead using a Sydney studio.
The show is currently in pre-production and is expected to screen late next year.
Perry Howard, a close friend of Don Mackay’s and a staunch defender of Griffith, said he was “shocked” to hear Griffith’s dark past would again be immortalised in celluloid.
“Haven’t they ground poor old Griffith into the dirt enough already?” Mr Howard said.”It’s all about money in the end. If they can make a bob out of it, they’ll do it at our expense.”
Mayor Mike Neville said while the dramatisation of the events surrounding Mr Mackay’s murder could only further damage the city, the real victims were the Mackay family themselves.
“Given what the Mackay family have been through, especially with some of the recent insinuations, it’s certainly not a good thing for them,” Cr Neville said.
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