Don Hany, Anthony Hayes and Ewen Leslie have been cast in an ABC TV series which follows the James Hardie asbestos scandal: Devil’s Dust.

The two-part mini-series, written by Kris Mrksa, is being produced by FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) and is based on the book Killer Company by ABC journalist Matt Peacock. Production begins on March 19 in Sydney.

Don Hany (Offspring, East West 101) plays Adam Bourke, who becomes aware that James Hardie is selling a product that causes the death of thousands of people. Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Changi) plays courageous James Hardie worker Bernie Banton, who battled for compensation for asbetos victims, while Ewen Leslie (Sleeping Beauty, Three Blind Mice) plays ABC journalist Matt Peacock.

ABC TV head of fiction Carole Sklan said: “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 chief executive Ian Hogg said: “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 (Productions) has been instrumental in bringing the project to the small screen."

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  1. It was an honour for us both to be film extras in Devil’s Dust and can’t waited to see the movie when its on TV. I hope it will be a fitting memorial to Bernie Banton and others, true Australian hero’s in the best sense of the ANZAC spirit. Hope those who have gone approve, God Bless them all.

    Carla & Richard Smolenski

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