The Milperra Massacre lives in infamy for it’s unmitigated violence, and the news series coming in 2012 Brothers In Arms has a cast worthy of the re-telling. This will be a highly anticipated series from the network next year, and one to give the Underbelly franchise a shake in the delivery of dark stories from Australia’s past. From the press release:

Network TEN is pleased to announce the outstanding cast of actors who will star in the highly anticipated 2012 drama series Brothers in Arms. This gripping six part drama series, which recently finished filming, tells the true story of two motorcycle clubs, and two men, on a journey from loyalty to rivalry…with deadly consequence.

Brothers in Arms boasts some of Australia’s finest actors, including:
Callan Mulvey (Rush, The Hunter, Underbelly) Matthew Nable (Killer Elite, 33Postcards, East West 101), Susie Porter (East West 101, The Jesters, Sisters of War, My Place), Maeve Dermody (Paper Giants, Griff The Invisible, Beautiful Kate), Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Burning Man, Animal Kingdom), Todd Lasance (The Great Mint Swindle, Crownies, Cloudstreet, Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here), Luke Ford (Red Dog, Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Underbelly: Razor, Sea Patrol, Blue Heelers, Something In The Air), Damian Walshe-Howling (Terra Nova, The Reef, Underbelly), Nathaniel Dean (Wild Boys, Rush, Satisfaction, Underbelly), and Luke Hemsworth (Tangle, Neighbours, Satisfaction.)

Milperra is a name that will be remembered in infamy. On September 2nd, Fathers Day 1984, two motorcycle clubs – the Bandidos and the Comancheros – went to war at a public swap meet. After a brief but violent battle, seven people had been shot dead, including a 14 year old innocent bystander, and some forty other club members needed hospitalisation. Brothers in Arms is the story of how that day came to pass.

In announcing the cast, TEN Executive Producer Rick Maier says: “There is obviously a great responsibility to tell a story like this truthfully, respectfully and with conviction – so we felt very privileged to see this outstanding ensemble come together. This was a complex shoot and we think that across the board they have delivered the performance of their careers.”

Based on the book by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey, Brothers in Arms is written by Greg Haddrick (Crownies, Underbelly, The Society Murders, My Husband My Killer, MDA), Roger Simpson (Satisfaction, Stingers, Halifax fp, Good Guys, Bad Guys) and Jo Martino (Satisfaction, Winners & Losers, Carla Cametti PD, Stingers). The six-hour miniseries is being directed by Peter Andrikidis (The Straits, Killing Time, East West 101, Underbelly, Jessica, My Husband My Killer).

Shot in and around Sydney, Brothers In Arms is series produced on behalf of SCREENTIME Australia by Roger Simpson, and produced by Louisa Kors (The Slap, Cloudstreet, Satisfaction) with SCREENTIME’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick and Network TEN’s Rick Maier as executive producers.