The latest installment of the Australian Underbelly crime drama series is coming out next Sunday, and will be set in 1927 Sydney:
The "razor" gangs supposedly resorted to razors due to gun control, which resulted in some truly horrific murders. Thanks to the wonders of modern information-sharing technology, I've seen the previous three installments of Underbelly (the first and third series were set mostly in the 1990s while the second was set in the '70s and '80s), and was happy with them. They are definitely guilty pleasures (the Aussies may not cotton to violent video games, but they seem to have no problem with copious amounts of nudity in their TV shows) and no one can mistake them as high art, but they are still well done and interesting in lurid tabloid kind of way. And being set in the '20s, it might provide source material or inspiration for Keepers looking for something other than just the time-worn tropes of bush-rangers and kangaroos.Razor is set during the "roaring" 1920s and 1930s, mainly between 1927 and 1936 in Sydney, when organised crime in Australia began. The series details the story of the bloody battle between the era's most feared "vice queens": Tilly Devine and her rival, Kate Leigh, plus the 'razor gangs' that controlled the Sydney underworld during that time period. Embroiled in the violence is the country's still young police force and a young schoolgirl called Nellie Cameron, about to lose her innocence.