Underbelly Files: Infiltration

Underbelly Files: Infiltration is an Australian made-for-television movie that aired on 14 February 2011 on the Nine Network. It is the second of four television movies in the Underbelly Files series, the other three being Tell Them Lucifer was Here, The Man Who Got Away, and Chopper.

Underbelly Files: Infiltration
GenreCrime drama
Written byGraeme Koetsveld
Directed byGrant Brown
StarringSullivan Stapleton
Jessica Napier
Tottie Goldsmith
Kassandra Clementi
Valentino del Toro
Buddy Dannoun
Glenda Linscott
Henry Nixon
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
ProducersPeter Gawler
Elisa Argenzio
Production companyScreentime
Original networkNine Network
Original release
  • 14 February 2011 (2011-02-14)
Preceded byUnderbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here
Followed byUnderbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away

It tells the true story of Victorian detective Colin McLaren who posed as a shady art dealer and infiltrated the Australian branch of the Calabrian Mafia. The character Antonio Russo is loosely based on Antonio Romeo of the Honoured Society (Australia).

The ISAN production code number is 0000-0002-9A74-0002-L-0000-0000-B[1] or 170612-2 (in shorter decimal form).


Infiltration tells the true story of Victorian detective Colin McLaren, who posed as a shady art dealer for 18 months and infiltrated the Australian branch of the Calabrian Mafia. It resulted in the biggest win of his career, seeing 11 of Australia's most villainous Mafiosi sent to prison. Valentino del Toro and Emma de Clario play their mafia family roles with truth and power[2]


  • Roy Billing as Aussie Bob
  • Buddy Dannoun as Rosario Torcaso
  • Valentino del Toro as Antonio Russo
  • Emma de Clario as Maria Russo
  • Matthew Green as The Murder Victim
  • Al Vila as Carlo Ricci
  • Glenda Linscott as Sandra
  • Sullivan Stapleton as Colin McLaren
  • Henry Nixon as Leigh
  • Alfredo Malabello as Vito
  • Jessica Napier as Jude Gleeson / Narrator
  • Donna Matthews as Bubbles
  • Richard Piper as Roger
  • Fantine Banulski as Louise Russo
  • Luke Christopoulos as Little Tony Russo
  • Ange Arabatzis as Nico
  • Brian Gore as Melbourne Associate
  • Serge Vercion as Calabrian Farmer
  • Mirko Grillini as Rocci Russo
  • Stephen Lopez as Dominic Torcaso
  • Tottie Goldsmith as Sara Herlihy
  • Josh Price as Tiny
  • Arthur Angel as Vinnie Messina
  • Kassandra Clementi as Chelsea McLaren
  • Meisha Lowe as Kim
  • Natalie Pantou as Elise Messina
  • Melissa Howard as Chelsea's Friend
  • Susan Davidson as Monica
  • Rheanna Duff as Prostitute
  • Madeleine Harding as Rachel
  • Rai Fazio as Massimo Falzetta
  • Steve Hayden as Geoffrey Bowen
  • Alex Borg as Peter Wallis
  • Kevin Stewart as Police Commissioner
  • Doug Bowles as Ziggy
  • Adam Williams as S.E.R.T.
  • Mark Goodrem as Clerk
  • John Higginson as Defense Barrister
  • Darran Scott as Magistrate


Infiltration aired on 14 February 2011 at 8:30pm and pulled in an audience of 1.113 million viewers which ranked it the #6 rating show for that night.[3][4] However it was down from the previous Underbelly telemovie which pulled in 1.377 million viewers.[5]


  1. ^ "Work Display". web.isan.org. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Australian Television: Underbelly Files: Infiltration". australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Clean sweep as Seven rules". 20 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Week 8". 13 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "1.37m for Underbelly". 7 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2018.