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Awards and Nominations
An AWGIE Award won by Joss King and Gareth Calverley in 2011 for Best Original
The Age, Green Guide, Pay TV
'Now we can add Small Time Gangster to the list of home-grown series that well and truly hold their own against the imports. From the fabulous opening sequence to the perfect final scene, this is a beautifully structures piece of telly that gets pretty much everything right'.
'Herald Sun, Tuesday April 19, 2011
'This seems strange – an Australian TV show that’s really, really good. Tremendous work from Steve Le Marquand as Tony.’
The Age, Green Guide, Pay TV, May 3, 2011‘
Sometimes all an actor needs is a chance and this is clearly Steve Le Marquand’s. But just about everything about this cracking local comedy-drama is a joy. The rest of the cast, for a start. And they shine thanks to impeccable direction and a wonderful script that careers effortlessly from comedy to drama to pathos and back again.’
Media Week, Inside Subscription TV,25th April 2011‘
It’s clever, quirky and compelling – three important factors that go a long way to getting viewers to come back week after week’.
Weekend Australian, Saturday 14th April 2011
Small Time Gangster is special TV, too, written with mischievous wit by Gareth Calverley and Andrew McInally and directed with a kind of Tony Scott cutting-edge sheen of Jeffrey Walker. It’s grim but very funny comedy built around the clear boundaries that exist between criminality and respectability, and the way that the transgressive energies of life at the margins are so segregated from mainstream Australian society.’
Courier Mail, Wednesday 13th April 2011'
''Small Time Gangster is a work of rare creative synergy. Scripting is sold and direction, photography and editing, are too. Also critical to its success is that producers have kicked goals in the casting process’.
The Age, Green Guide, Pay TV, Tuesday May 10, 2011‘
This brilliant Australian crime-dynasty series with a corker cast has all of the pace and titillation of Underbelly and the dramatic weight of Animal Kingdom. Yet it goes where neither really has – into the terrain of the crim trying to go straight. Complex, unpredictable characters and an enticing premise give this suburban drama an exciting edge’.