Gina Rinehart: “That never happened”

Gina Rinehart speaks out against Nine's miniseries, noting "glaring errors" in the story.

HOH - MM - LT 2S4A0360Nine’s House of Hancock did the job last night as far as ratings go, attracting 1.38m viewers for Nine.

More strategically, it served as the warm-up act for tonight’s main event: Gallipoli.

But both Gina Rinehart and Rose Porteous in separate statements, have condemned the miniseries.

Hancock Prospecting executive director Tad Watroba said Nine’s David Gyngell had been advised of errors prior to the production airing.

He described the show as “a tacky grab for ratings, damaging the memory of good Australians along the way.”

A spokesperson for TEN shareholder Gina Rinehart also released a list of “glaring errors” in the show:

  • Despite the portrayal, Mr Hancock and Mrs Rinehart had a loving, father/daughter relationship, and were together throughout the funeral of Hope Hancock, and to portray otherwise is wrong.
  • Mrs Rinehart was very close to her mother and did not continue to holiday or honeymoon in the United States when her mother was dying as the show has suggested. That is a disgusting implication. There was no phone call to Mrs Rinehart to come home during her short honeymoon.
  • Mrs Rinehart did not participate in or condone doing deals with Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu, nor did she or her father endorse a presentation to an investor group using a nuclear device for anti-environmental intent. That never happened.
  • Mr Hancock never told Mrs Rinehart that no one could ever love her, or that her husband never loved her. The scene was made up and untrue. Her relationship with Mr Frank Rinehart was very loving, and her mother loved her son in law also.
  • Nor was there a scene where Mr Hancock said terrible things about his daughter’s appearance.
    Australian Mining contacted Channel Nine this morning, however they have refused to comment.

It’s not the first time dramatic license has been used to compress or massage actual events in order to create further television drama. One such case for Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo led to legal action.

Last week Rose Porteous wrote:

I know this program will just be another tangled web of fiction based on sensationalising the truth.

They really do not know what happened behind closed doors. I do not talk about such things.

What happens between a man and a woman in a closed room is a private and sacred affair.

Of course I can understand why people are interested.

My life is very colourful.

My personality is very complex. I always speak my mind and I have an acid tongue.

I love a witty one-liner. Friends call me “Typhoon Rose” because wherever I go there is drama.


A spokeswoman for Channel Nine said.”At this point we are not making any formal comments. But to be clear House of Hancock is a television Drama event.”

Source: Mining Australia, News Corp

17 Responses

  1. Sure glad it’s only two eps, don’t really want to sit through much more of it. I’m glad Gina cleared up some of the dramatic licences though, I thought the scene where Lang changed seats at the funeral particularly distasteful.

  2. A longer mini series would have been appropriate I think as there is so much to cover. It was interesting to watch and I can understand why those being represented aren’t very happy with some of the dialog that was used, a lot of it was clearly made up and not very flattering, but done so for dramatic reasons as mentioned. I think Lang’s dialogue was the harshest, maybe as he’s not around to complain. The lady playing Rose didn’t work for me. I think she missed the mark. Rose was/ is far more dramatic than what we saw last night. Overall I was a bit disappointed, but I’ll stick with it since the time after Lang’s death is of most interest to me and the period where the media had a field day showing the ongoing saga.

  3. Didn’t watch it – but what will Gina say when they cover the recent fights she and her kids are having in the courts right now?

    Betchya she has already called her lawyers to demand it not be screened.

    Cos it never happened???

  4. Well yeah, of course its going to be a sensationalised version of whatever happened. No one really knows the story or how things went down but the show is designed to bring in ratings, not reveal a truth.

    I think it would’ve worked well as a 7 or 8 episode television series rather than a telemovie though. Would keep up the anticipation.

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