There was something slightly ironic in staging Fat Tony and Co‘s first media screening at Crown Complex last night, but the only sign of dead gangsters and fast money was on the Village Cinemas screen.
The cast of the upcoming drama joined Nine execs and media for the 90 minute opening episode.
It was a hirsute Robert Mammone (Tony Mokbel) who joined Vince Colosimo, Madeleine West, Gyton Grantley, Shane Jacobson, Debra Byrne, Richard Cawthorne, Hollie Andrew, Steve Bastoni, Jeremy Kewley, Gerard Kennedy and Frank Sweet.
Also in attendance were Nine Drama execs Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney, Screentime’s Bob Campbell and producer Elisa Argenzio.
The 9 part drama, which revisits a number of characters from the original Underbelly series, portrays Tony Mokbel’s war with the infamous ‘Carlton Crew,’ all the way to his capture in Greece.
Argenzio told the invited crowd about filming in Greece with 3 actors, key Aussie creatives and the best local crew in Athens, with car chases, motorbikes and working under Greece’s well-documented austerity measures. But audiences will have to wait for later episodes to see those play out.
In between the obligatory nipple count were solid performances by Mammone, Richard Cawthorne and Gary Sweet’s son, Frank. Robert Mammone and Gyton Grantley had piled on the weight for their roles, but had shed vast amounts after filming.
And watch out for Heidi Arena as former Victorian top cop, Christine Nixon.
Fat Tony & Co. airs soon on Nine.
Photo: Les O'Rourke