A new Australian telemovie, The Informant, starring William McInnes is coming to Network TEN next month.
Written by Greg Haddrick (Underbelly, Society Murders, MDA) the mystery drama also features Colin Friels, Matt Day, Stephen Curry, Leanna Walsman and Anita Hegh.
McInnes plays a suburban dad who works as a police informant for a federal investigative agency. The character’s background is shrouded in mystery, with intelligence officers seeking to uncover the truth about his past by working with him.
But TEN has slated the movie on one of its weakest nights -Fridays. It will air at 8:30pm Friday November 14.
This is a curious decision by TEN given the strong cast and the fact that it is a World Premiere drama. Screenwriter Greg Haddrick was also nominated for an AFI Awards today. Earlier this year it planned to screen its world premiere of Emerald Falls out of ratings on Good Friday. Eventually it settled on Easter Sunday.
While the Friday screening for The Informant may reek of “dud film” that isn’t the view of the FOX Network which has acquired remake rights to the story.
To be adapted by US writer Tom Szentgyorgyi, “It’s a blend of a spy undercover procedural and a family story about his life at home.”
TEN also didn’t announce the telemovie on its second-half slate for 2008.
The film is set to follow Ice Road Truckers, moved to 7:30pm following the demise of Download.