ABC casts Devil’s Dust miniseries

Don Hany, Anthony Hayes and Ewen Leslie will star in Devil’s Dust, ABC TV’s two-part mini-series on the story of the James Hardie asbestos tragedy.

Based on the book “Killer Company” written by ABC journalist Matt Peacock, the project is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and written by Kris Mrksa.

Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Changi, Look Both Ways) plays Bernie Banton, who took legal action against James Hardie after contracting cancer from his years of working with asbestos. Banton watched his workmates and brother die of asbestos disease, but continued the battle in the face of his own fate.

Don Hany (Offspring, East West 101, Dirt Game) is Adam Bourke, a character forced to question his morality, as he becomes aware one of Australia’s most successful and respected companies has made a product that may cause the death of thousands of people.

Ewen Leslie (Mabo, Sleeping Beauty, Three Blind Mice) is Matt Peacock, the ABC journalist who reveals evidence of the link between asbestos and cancer, and then devotes his career to exposing the shocking truth and bringing justice to victims.

Devil’s Dust is described as an “intensely personal story of three very different men whose lives and careers are bound together by a tragedy that becomes a scandal, and then a fast-moving battle through the corridors of corporate, political and media power. At the heart of the story are the 60,000 Australians likely to die of asbestos disease by 2030.”

ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan says, “This is a powerful, inspiring drama which has attracted an outstanding cast and creative team. ABC TV is proud to present the human story at the heart of this on-going national tragedy.”

FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific CEO, Ian Hogg, says “Devil’s Dust is a powerful story of greed, subterfuge and perseverance. It’s a story that will resonate ever so strongly with all Australians. Our Creative Director, Jason Stephens / Bravado has been instrumental in bringing the project to the small screen.”

Shooting begins on March 19 in Sydney.

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