Old-School Hacker Movie Set In Melbourne Needs Your Help

It's not every day someone asks you for your old Commodore 64 to help recreate 1980s Melbourne for a period piece on hackers. Yet, that's exactly what the makers of Underground, a direct-to-TV movie currently in the works for Channel Ten, are doing. So, have you got any aging hardware you're willing to part with?

Specifically they're after "Commodore 64 machines, Amstrads and IBM PCs". So no Colecovisions... unless they get really desperate. If you're looking for the profit angle, the flick's art director, Janie Parker, told ZDNet that they're willing to buy or hire your ancient wares, though no figures were provided.

If you'd like payment in screen time, they can accommodate that too. According to the article, a "computer market" scene featuring stalls of old gear is planned, so you can plonk down your Amstrad and play swap meet vendor for a day as an extra.

Parker's pretty serious about getting the equipment she needs, so much so she penned a message to John Ferlito, president of Linux Australia, asking for help. Because if you use Linux, chances are there's a long-forgotten Amiga 500 in your fridge. Heck, didn't everyone have an Amiga 500 at some stage?

If you happen to have a piece of kit suitable for the movie, and enjoy money or being on camera, you can get in touch with Janie here. As to when you'll see your treasures on the small screen, we're not quite sure.


Image: Luca Boldrini.

WATCH MORE: Entertainment News


    Great book. Shame channel 10 are making turning it into TV.

    Wonder if mr Asange will be making an appearance as this.

    i should audition for this, my beard currently looks like something from the 80's hacker scene

    I still have my spectravideo sv318 if they need it

    I has a TANDY 256 in the ol days, lets see if I can dig it out, Does it need to work?

    my glasses are really thick... maybe i can be cast in a minor hacker role...

    I think they'll have more trouble finding a payphone for any blue box phreaking scenes. I loved the book, fingers crossed the movie won't disappoint.

    Assange's recollection of the details at the time weren't very good, the show will probably muddy the details even further. Still, could be entertaining.

    w00t! i have an old commodore 64 that still works. Hope it makes it to the big screen...

    If this is an Australian movie, were is the Australian computers? Bring in the Microbees, running CP/M with 8, 5 and 3 inch floppys. Running on only 128KB or less?

    They are not very much good if they don't know about Australias own computer history!

    Microbees were too expensive - it was mainly reserved for the educational market if I recall. The C64 was affordable AND you could use a TV with it - even black and white if need be. It'll be interesting to see if this adaption is even partially realistic.

    I have approx 6x Commodore 64's, a 1701 monitor and 1802 monitors + Working Amiga 1000, Amiga 2000, Amiga 3000 + 1960 monitor and assorted 1084's stored in the garage. A few Amiga 500's in storage also.

    Oh.. Commodore C128CDR with 1084 monitor if needed
    Think I have a Viatel modem as well :)

    lots of older commodore gear
    a few 1541's, 1541's MK2's and a 1571 in the garage

    huge collection of cartridges, some used for hacking + expansion etc

    yup.. I used to use all the above for hacking/cracking in the mid 80's


    Apple II+ or IIc anybody? There was a lot more Hackin, Crackin and Phreakin done on those back in the day.

Join the discussion!