the straits

the straits

THE STRAITS TRAILER

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The Straits....Check this out guys. It says it all!!! Can't wait for it to air on ABC Feb 7, 2012. Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Australia's Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, THE STRAITS is an exotic, darkly humorous crime drama. The Montebellos are not your average Australian family. Modern day smugglers, their family business is transporting drugs into Australia and guns and exotic wildlife out, making use of ties of blood and loyalty in the Torres Strait Islands. When Harry, the head of the family, starts to plan his succession, a power struggle is sparked between brother and brother, wife and daughter. Under attack from ambitious bikies and mercurial PNG Raskols, the family must hold together through torture, assassination and imprisonment. Harry Montebello is rich. Of Maltese extraction, raised on the streets of London, he now runs one of the most successful and respected crime organisations in Queensland. He is married to a Torres Strait Island woman and runs his operation from Cairns. Virtually untouchable, he seems to have it all. Which is why his family is shocked when he announces that he wants his three sons to compete for the right to replace him as head of the family when the time comes for him to retire. Effectively, he pits his sons against each other in their endeavours, each running one area of the family's operation while his daughter must learn to manage the family finances. This outrages his wife Kitty who has been expecting Harry to honour her family traditions and appoint their eldest son Noel as successor. Over the course of ten episodes, Noel, his brothers Marou and Gary, and sister, Sissi, jockey for dominant position as the family faces a series of threats to their business ... and to their lives. Will the Montebellos resolve their differences and unite to overcome bikers on the mainland, and outlaw suppliers and Raskols in Papua New Guinea (PNG), or will the family collapse into familial warfare? Starring Brian Cox as Harry Montebello, Rena Owen as Kitty, Aaron Fa'aoso as Noel, Jimi Bani as Marou, Firass Dirani as Gary, Suzannah Bayes-Morton as Sissi. Also Starring Rachael Blake, Emma Lung, Kate Jenkinson, Cramer Cain & Andy Anderson.