East West 101

06 Dec

ep1.jpgWhen the film crew came to a local street to shoot some scenes, the drug dealers ran for cover when the actor cops showed up. Can’t wait to see the end result. — Comment by Wahid on the East West 101 site.

I mentioned this new SBS cop show on On not inflaming hatreds a few days ago. In the Sydney Morning Herald Robin Oliver wrote:

Steve Knapman (Wildside) needs lights and passing trains, screeching traffic and colourful passing crowds, for he is past master at turning city location work into an art form. This bears full fruit with production partner Kris Wyld and director Peter Andrikidis in East West 101, which, on the basis of the early episodes, is set fair to become the most compelling and dazzlingly good-looking Australian cop series since Phoenix. Even so, we may anticipate a message drop when Zane Malik (Don Hany), a perceptive and dedicated young detective with the Major Crime Unit and first-generation Australian Muslim, is pitted against his immediate boss, the bull-headed (though snazzily barbered) Senior Detective Ray Crowley (William McInnes), who demands prompt arrests at any cost.

A cop is shot dead as he and his partner are attempting to arrest two hooded armed robbers deep in Muslim territory in Lakemba. A clear picture of ethnic hostilities in the suburbs emerges but beyond that it is a believable and exciting entertainment.

Looming suspicions between Malik and Crowley will add new directions to a series bound to attract attention overseas. Guy Gross’s softly-softly music track is right on the button.

It more than lived up to expectations.

Episode 2 (next week) is set in Redfern.

Such a shame about the ads though…

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Posted by on December 6, 2007 in Australia, Islam, multicultural Australia, TV



2 responses to “East West 101

  1. Denys

    December 18, 2007 at 12:52 am

    It is a great show. I agree with you about the commercials. I wish SBS would follow (if anything) the British way of placing ads.

  2. Wayne Smith

    January 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    It has been sold to Israel and other countries in the Middle East plus two more series have now been given the go ahead.

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