Stars brace for crick­et­ing hit

Tells the story be­hind Kerry Packer’s World Se­ries Cricket, writes

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RENDAN Cow­ell, Da­mon Gameau and Lachy Hulme have been liv­ing their boy­hood dreams.

Star­ring in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War has al­lowed Cow­ell and Gameau to play their child­hood cricket heroes – Rod Marsh and Greg Chap­pell. Hulme, who plays Kerry Packer, ful­filled his fan­tasy of be­ing paid to eat McDon­ald’s.

To get into char­ac­ter, Hulme stacked on weight and in­dulged in Packer’s favourite food – the Quar­ter Pounder.

‘‘It took me a long time to fig­ure out what kind of man Mr Packer was,’’ Hulme says.

‘‘The gen­eral im­pres­sion of him, I think, is that he was just a tyrant and a bully, a rich man who took what he wanted and did what he wanted.

‘‘I now know that that’s a hor­ri­bly sim­plis­tic view of a very com­pli­cated man.’’

The pro­duc­tion, which fol­lows Packer’s bid to es­tab­lish World Se­ries Cricket, has been made by John Ed­wards, the man be­hind TV suc­cess sto­ries Off­spring, Tan­gle, Love My Way and Rush.

Gameau says Howzat! drama­tised a ‘‘rich, dra­matic mo­ment in Aus­tralian sport­ing his­tory’’. ‘‘Amer­ica is full of these sto­ries, but we have only a few, so it is great to cap­ture it on film,’’ he says. ‘‘This was an era of huge per­son­al­i­ties and full-bore

lar­rikin­ism. It is ready-made for tele­vi­sion.’’

Com­ing soon, Nine, NBN.

Lachy Hulme

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