The Shark Net

  • directed by Graeme Burfoot
  • produced by Sue Taylor
  • screenplay by Ian David, based on the memiors of Robert Drewe

Starring: William McInnes, Angie Milliken, Tim Draxl, Dan Wyllie, Leeanna Walsman, Warren Mitchell

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A young boy journeys to manhood during the reign of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers.

When Robert Drewe, aged six, moves from Melbourne to Perth his new home seems like paradise.

It’s a world of simple coastal pleasures, clear skies, trusting faces and nothing to threaten an abundance of small town friendliness and tranquility.

Then, as a teenager, a man he knows murders a boy he also knows. The murderer, Eric Cooke, holds the city in fear, killing a total of eight times, variously shooting, strangling, and hacking his victims to death.

In court, several years later, Robert shares a knowing wink with the condemned man. It’s a wink that will haunt the young writer for most of his adult life, forcing him to confront his own demons and feelings of guilt.

The Shark Net is a compelling coming of age story that revolves around the events leading up to the execution of Eric Cooke, the last man hanged in Western Australia.

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“The Shark Net screens at the New York Film Festival” find out more

September 1st, 2003

The Shark Net: view from behind the scenes

“This is the best television I have seen in years” Government of Western Australia

August 24th, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald