Underbelly Files: Chopper [Part 1 | Part 2]

Part 2: Monday, February 12, 2018
696,000 viewers (11th)
Executive Producer: Rory Callaghan
Producers: Karl Zwicky and Kerrie Mainwaring
Written by Justin Monjo
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

To prove he is rehabilitated and secure his release, Chopper marries new flame Mary Ann and starts a family — but the only woman who could ever look past 'Chopper' and see the real Mark is his true love, Margaret.

Intercutting between Chopper's comedy routine in 2002 and his past in Tasmania, his fixation on Syd only grows. Ever since the shooting, Syd has haunted Chopper's recollections, but the spectre of Syd is now bleeding into his present, begging the questions: Is this a haunting of resentment? Or is it a sign of a guilty conscience? Did Chopper shoot and later kill Sydney Collins? Or was he framed? The deeper we dig into the embellished retrospects of one of Australia's most notorious standover men, the further away the truth becomes.


  • Aaron Jeffery as Mark "Chopper" Read
  • Ella Scott Lynch as Margaret Cassar
  • Todd Lasance as Syd Collins
  • Michael Caton as Keith Read
  • Zoë Ventoura as Mary Ann Hodge
  • Reef Ireland as Trent Anthony
  • Vince Colosimo as Alphonse Gangitano
  • Anna Bamford as Elizabeth Allman
  • Jane Allsop as Detective Martin
  • Alex Tsitsopoulos as Detective Hendry
  • Kevin Harrington as Lewis Moran
  • Debra Anne Byrne as Judy Moran
  • Nicholas Bell as Damian Bugg
  • Deone Zanotto as Producer
  • Heidi Valkenburg as Doctor
  • Ian Rooney as Judge
  • Jon Von Goes as Celebrant
  • Ferdinand Hoang as Bet Handler
  • Chris Masters Mah as Roulette Player
  • Rikki-Lee Lacco as Pretty Crim Groupie
  • Roger Crook as Foreman
  • Sebastian Court as Roy Read
  • Tim Constantine as Heckler 1
  • Arthur Giamalidis as Heckler 2
  • Daniel Reader as Big Guy
  • Olivia Charalambous as Audience Lady 1
  • Genevieve Kingsford as Audience Lady 2
  • Susannah Hooper as Pole Dancer 1
  • Frankie Valentine as Lap Dancer 1

Stunt Actors:

  • Russell Frost as Dutch
  • Jayden Irving as Kid Killer