Wonderful Wollongong

Documentary Series

The gruesome, Satanic-infused murders of two prominent men in the Wollongong area shattered the carefully cultivated image they were seeking to project of a family friendly haven. Mark Valera walked into a police station and confessed. Five years later, his sister, Belinda van Krevel, was charged with orchestrating the murder of their father. What seemed at first to be evil children shed light on a more sinister underbelly, a paedophile ring that ran through a Catholic College and a youth shelter with international connections. This is a story that exposes the seedy exploitation in a seemingly idyllic community and the layers of cover-up of abuse that raises a question of who are the real monsters who live amongst us?

Developed with the support of: Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Lavarch Productions