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Undercover Television (Full Length) – 1991 Drama

Undercover

Television (Full Length) – 1991 Drama

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This 1991 telefilm follows young undercover cop Tony (William Brandt) who gets in too deep when infiltrating a heroin ring in the underbelly of Wellington’s music and pub scene. The Kiwi noir tale was inspired by real-life undercover policeman Wayne Haussman, who was convicted of drug trafficking. Directed by Yvonne Mackay (The Silent One), it was made as a pilot for a series that never eventuated. At the 1993 NZ Film and Television Awards Undercover won Best TV Drama; Jennifer Ludlam was awarded for her role as Tony's ex-prostitute girlfriend. Cliff Curtis plays a musician.

Undercover rattled along. The highlight — in as much as you can have a highlight in a show that was largely shot at night — was when the hero’s former girlfriend blew his cover — a great moment, handled well.
– Doug Coutts, in a 13 November 1991 Onfilm review

Produced by

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The Gibson Group

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Music

Soundtrack includes the tracks 'It Must Be Love' (Baysting/Lake), 'Swamp Funk Thing' (Brendan Power), 'Mona Lisa' (Luke Hurley) and 'Elephunk in My Soup' (Low Profile)