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Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away

Monday, February 21, 2011
Ratings: 1.015 million viewers (9th for the night)
Produced by Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio
Written by Kris Mrksa
Directed by Cherie Nowlan

Recounts the incredible tale of British-Australian drug smuggler David McMillan, the only man ever to escape from Bangkok's Klong Prem prison — The Bangkok Hilton. Extremely intelligent and charming, McMillan came from a privileged background. He could have been anything, but instead chose a life of crime, which earned him a spot on Interpol's Top Ten Most Wanted list whilst still in his early twenties. His partner in crime happened to be the love of his life, Clelia Vigano, the daughter of respectable Melbourne restaurateurs. Together McMillan and Clelia were an unstoppable force until she lost her life in a prison fire. McMillan blamed himself, and the guilt spurred him on to even greater risks. His personal journey ended in Thailand's notorious Klong Prem Central Prison — the "Bangkok Hilton" — facing a firing squad… Or did it?


  • Toby Wallace as David Julion
  • Toby Schmitz as David McMillan
  • Alan Dang as Thai Prison Guard
  • Adrian Tan as Thai Prison Guard #2
  • Roger Oakley as Customs Officer
  • Jacinta Acevski as Hairdresser
  • Claire van der Boom as Clelia Vigano
  • Nicole Gregurek as Colourist
  • Heather Mitchell as Rosie McMillan
  • Josh Lawson as Michael Sullivan
  • David Tredinnick as Peter Howard
  • Matt Zeremes as Brian Robards
  • Brendan Cowell as Benny O'Connell
  • John Orcsik as Ferdi Vigano
  • Jeremy Sims as Lord Tony Moynihan
  • Maria Eusebio as Dancing Girl
  • Teresa Sue as Dancer
  • Vanessa Yang as Dancer
  • Winnie Nguyen as Dancer
  • Niko Souphan as Lord Tony's Bodyguard
  • William Zappa as Jack Jacobs
  • Chantelle Jamieson as Maria Catilo
  • Aaron Jeffery as Det. Insp. Geoff Leyland / Narrator
  • Ian Meadows as Det. Sergeant Tim Fry
  • Kate Mulvany as Det. Con. Kate Mariner
  • Rohan Gale as Prison Guard
  • Aaron Jakubenko as Cop #1
  • Jess Gower as Cop #2
  • Nicholas Brown as Supahaus Chowdury
  • Freya Stafford as AFP Insp. Andrea Pascoe
  • Addsion Szymanski as Baby Clelia
  • Addison Ring as Baby Clelia
  • Benjamin Johnson as Bell Boy
  • Simon Mallory as Surveillance Cop #1
  • Michael Buscombe as Surveillance Cop #2
  • Luke Lennox as Special Ops Cop
  • Anthoy West as Det. Con. Harris
  • Lachlan Woods as Det. Con. Saville
  • Sean-James Murphy as Set. Con. Talbot
  • Steve Carroll as AFP Fet. Lupic
  • Nicholas Eadie as Father John Brosnan
  • Jasmine Acfield as TAA Check-In Staff
  • Mark Smith as Bus Driver
  • Suan Paterno as Farilea Prison Guard
  • Georgia Bolton as Farilea Prison Guard
  • Amy Boreland as Tough Guard
  • Aston Dixon as Baby Clelia
  • Joel Hayes as Baby Clelia
  • Bessie Kay as Dani
  • Brett Cousins as Charles Maxwell McCready
  • Daniel Horwood as Prison Guard
  • Paul Ireland as Percy Hole
  • Peter Kusznir as Concierge
  • Paul McCarthy as Parole Officer
  • Soren Adkin as David 5 Years Old
  • Zen Ledden as Young Detective
  • Peter Flaherty as Cabbie #1
  • Leigh Trinh as Thai Cabbie
  • Lan Trinh as Thai Man
  • Nick Teoh as Immigration Officer
  • Donnie Chhoeur as Thai Security #2
  • Simon Wilton as Calvin
  • Aljin Abella as Jet
  • Ridwan Yudiana as Cell Mate #1
  • Timothy Bennett as Cell Mate #2
  • Rithy Dourng as Armed Thai Guard
  • Brooke Newman as Clelia Sullivan 12 Years Old
  • Alan Wickham as Clelia's Foster Father
  • Judy Wickham as Clelia's Foster Mother
  • David Callan as TV / Airport Announcer / VKC Police
  • Warwick Sadler as Stunt Actor
  • Robbie Clissold as Stunt Actor
  • Harley Durst as Stunt Actor
  • Chris Pace as Stunt Actor
  • Chris Weir as Stunt Actor
  • Clint Dodd as Stunt Actor
  • Rick Tonna as Stunt Actor
  • Mark Campbell as Stunt Actor
  • Ri-Jie Kwok as Stunt Actor