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The television series, The Straits is about an Australian family who run a family business. Their family business focuses on transporting drugs illegally into Australia. The Montebello family also transports wildlife and guns out of Australia to make their money. Brian Cox plays the macho man Harry Montebello in charge of the family business. Rena Owen plays Kitty who is the wife of Harry Montebello. Aaron Fa'aoso plays Noel Montebello, who is the son of Harry and Kitty.

The idea of the television series, The Straits was created by Aaron Fa'aoso. The Straits was produced by Helen Panckhurst and Penny Chapman. This television series was picked up by ABC, and aired on television in the year 2012. Brian Cox got his big break when he played the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Rena Owen has taken part in performing leads for several films. Aaron Fa'aoso became well known after being part of a mini series which aired in 2004. The main characters in The Straits are well known, captivating actors and actresses making this a thrilling drama.

The initial plot lines of The Straits start off as a family in Australia being undercover smugglers. Harry Montebello is the brains behind the business, who makes sure everything runs smoothly. Along for the ride is his wife and son, who support and help maintain the family business. As the family strives to keep the business flowing smoothly, tension, rivalry, violence, and loyalty bring complications and drama to this series. Eventually, Noel decides that he wants to start a laboratory in New Guinea, which starts to cause a divide in the family business.

The Straits is a co-production of Matchbox Pictures. The first season of The Straits had 10 episodes. In the United States, The Straits appeared on ABC and was distributed by DCD Rights.

Thursday 8:30 PM et/pt on DCD Rights
1 Season, 10 Episodes
February 1, 2012
Crime, Drama, Kids & Family
Cast: Brian Cox, Rena Owen, Aaron Fa'aoso, Jimi Bani
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The Straits Full Episode Guide

  • Marou arrives on Zey Island and accuses Gary of creating the circumstances that led to Lola’s death. Gary is terrified and Marou goes off to get drunk enough to kill his brother. In Cairns, Sissi has discovered that Thomson is planning to leave town.

  • Noel is on the run - from both the police and the DC's. He makes a clandestine visit to his estranged wife, Antoinette, telling her he's going to South America. To Noel's delight, Antoinette says that she wants to join him there, with the kids.

  • Kitty arrives on Zey Island to find that Gary has become involved with Bridget, a sixteen year-old local girl. Gary tells his mother that Bridget is a source of information - which ultimately leads to the overthrow of a competing drug importation racket.

  • Fresh out of the hospital, Harry reasserts his authority and formulates a plan to get Noel out of prison. Sissi is falling for Thomson and gets him a job exterminating cane toads at the wildlife farm.

  • The family desperately tries to free Marou who is being tortured by the DC bikies. The DC's - dealing only with Sissi - tell the Montebello's they must decide what price to put on Marou's life and then the DC's will decide if it's a fair deal.

  • Police attention follows the blowing up of the clubhouse and Noel's siblings are angry with him. For the first time Marou believes he would make the better leader. Lola is thrilled but also nervous that Harry will remember Gary's confession.

  • Harry lies comatose in the hospital while his sons, led by Noel, go on the hunt for his attacker, calling on the Islander network in Cairns to assist. Noel is determined to exact revenge on what he believes is biker payback.

  • Vlad, a hired killer, sets out for Cairns with a high-powered rifle. Harry is his target, but who has hired Vlad?

  • A PNG Raskol dies when Noel's failed meth lab explodes. Intent on revenge, the dead Raskol's brother goes to the family's home on Zey Island and attempts to kill Gary, who is now running the family island operation.

  • Harry announces his unexpected succession plan. Filled with righteous anger and supported by his mother Kitty, Noel decides to expand the family's operations, without his father's knowledge, by setting up a methamphetamine lab in PNG.

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