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The story of Jack The Ripper is one of the most gruesome and infamous unsolved crimes in history. An horrific killing spree, which exposed the darkest recesses of Victorian London, leaving a city gripped in terror. More than 120 years later, modern science may just hold the key to cracking the case. On the other side of the world, Australian scientists have made a major breakthrough – they’ve extracted DNA from a 122-year-old skull believed to be that of Australia’s first known serial killer and a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders.   Now former Scotland Yard Detective, Robin Napper, leads a cutting edge investigation into the case. His mission, to find out: Could an Australian killer be Jack the Ripper?

Developed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Franco Di Chiera


Ed Punchard

Julia Redwood

Assistant Producer

Eliot Buchan


Simon Smith


Dennis Cometti

Development Writer

John McCourt

Development Coordinator

Laura Stevens


Roland Smith

Sound Recording

Ash Charlton


Ash Gibson Greig

Sound Post Production

Ric Curtin

Art Director

Murray Edwards

Costume Designer

Gail Pether

Hair and Makeup

Liddy Reynolds

First Assistant Director

Brad Holyoak

Production Manager

Susie Cocks

Production Coordinator

Freya Brueschke

Grading and Online

David Langlands

Prospero Head of Production

Kirstin Dryburgh

Production Accountancy

Lesley Hinde


Joan Peters

Edit Assistants

Will Faulkner

John Sullivan

The Directors Statement

“The “Jack the Ripper” project came about because of Ed and Julia’s involvement in another documentary…”

“…titled, “Ned’s Head” in which a skull, purportedly belonging to famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, was found to be that of one likely candidate – Australia’s first serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming.”

– Franco Di Chiera, Director

Photo credit Prospero Productions
Jack the Ripper meeting his next victim.
Photo credit Prospero Productions
Deeming attacks his second wife.

About the DOP

Simon is an award-winning cinematographer based in Sydney.

He shoots observational and dramatised documentaries, drama, commercials and music videos.

His work has taken him to all parts of the globe. From his first job out of film school, a documentary in Cambodia soon after its terrible period of genocide, he has marvelled at the power of the camera to capture essential truths about people and events.

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