TEN has commissioned a new six part Australian drama series, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, a dramatisation of the infamous ‘Milperra Massacre’ of 1984.
The fatal feud on Father’s Day between the Comanchero and Bandido gangs in the car park of the Milperra Viking Tavern resulted in the deaths of six gang members and a 14 year old bystander.
To be produced by Screentime, the series will be written and produced by Greg Haddrick (Mary Bryant, The Society Murders, Underbelly, Cloudstreet) and Roger Simpson (Satisfaction, Stingers, Halifax F.P.).
A Press Release states, “From its beginnings in the closed world of Sydney’s motorcycle gangs to its inevitable end in tragedy, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms tells the gripping true story of two men’s journey from loyalty to rivalry…to deadly consequence based on the bestselling book by Sandra Harvey and Lindsay Simpson, Brothers in Arms.”
Harvey, a former Four Corners producer, previously wrote My Husband, My Killer prior to her death in 2008.
David Mott, Chief Programming Officer at TEN said: “Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms is one of the most sought-after properties in television. This event mini-series will shine a light on this fascinating tribal culture and its code of honour – as intriguing now as it was when the word Milperra became synonymous with one of our blackest days.”
Des Monaghan from Screentime added: “I am delighted that Roger Simpson has joined us to tell this remarkable story. The Milperra Massacre is a unique moment in our history and in many ways marks a time when the culture of bikie gangs began a period of fundamental change.”
The saga was previously the subject of a 2002 documentary One Percenters Search For A Screenplay plus an episode of Seven’s Gangs of Oz.
The miniseries will air on TEN in 2012.