To this day, the story of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is one of the most opinion driven news stories, splitting people right down the middle. There’s those who believe she’s guilty and then there’s the Corby supporters who firmly believe she is innocent. The story was front page of newspapers and magazines Australia wide and spawned a slew of tell-all books, all claiming to have the truth.
Now, the telemovie based off the book Sins of the Father: The Untold Story Behind Schapelle Corby’s Ill-fated Drug Run by investigative journalist Eamonn Duff (and widely criticised by pro Corby fanatics as being a load of bull plop) has been turned into a telemovie for channel 9 starring Krew Boylan and Jacinta Stapleton.
The first preview of Channel 9’s movie based off the Schapelle Corby drug smuggler saga has been released and while it’s filled with some well known and respected Australian actors, there’s one thing in the preview that has me scratching my head…
Check out the preview below:
So what is it that has me irked?
I’m not really one to be on either side of the Corby argument. Did she do it, is she innocent? There’s so many versions of events, I think the only people that would really REALLY know the true story here is Schapelle and her family, so I find it odd that channel 9 would offer up something they believe to be so definitive in truth.
Filming for the movie hasn’t been easy for cast and crew with production only wrapping in late November after filming in the Gold Coast. The production had to use a fake movie title “Doc McGhee” to avoid attacks on the star cast and crew from angry Corby supporters who believe the movie’s origins are a complete farce (The movie is based off ‘Sins of the Father: The Untold Story Behind Schapelle Corby’s Ill-fated Drug Run‘ a book by investigative journalist Eamonn Duff). Star Krew Boylan also found herself a target from Corby supporters who labeled her as ‘prostituting her talents’ for taking on the lead role.
Schapelle: The Movie will air later this year on Channel 9
Based on the arrest, trial and conviction of Schapelle Corby in 2004-2005. A 27-year-old beauty school drop-out from the Gold Coast, Schapelle, played by actress Krew Boylan, was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a boogie board bag. At first, Schapelle’s arrest was barely noticed by the Australian media, but once photographs were published it sparked a media frenzy and attracted a cast of colourful characters who came to her aid, including sister Mercedes (Jacinta Stapleton), mother Ros (Denise Roberts), father Mick (Colin Friels), and her ‘white knights’ mobile phone mogul ‘Mad Ron’ Bakir (Les Chantery) and Gold Coast lawyer Robin Tampoe (Vince Colosimo). Also prominent in her story are Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (Francis Greenslade) and Australian Federal Police boss Mick Keelty (Michael Croaker). Schapelle avoided the death penalty but was sentenced to 20 years in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison.