When 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.
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.