Tele­movie of­fers up As­sange in­sights

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SUNDAY EXTRA -

you want a cut-to-the-chase ver­sion of how Ju­lian As­sange be­came ob­sessed with com­puter hack­ing then watch the new tele­movie about the Wik­iLeaks founder. Un­der­ground – The Ju­lian As­sange Story delves into his teen years, dur­ing which he burst into gov­ern­ment main­frames us­ing his Com­modore 64 from a home phone. At the same time As­sange learnt he was about to be­come a young fa­ther. Years later, of course, As­sange’s hack­ing had more se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions and his plight – he is now holed up in the Ecuado­rian em­bassy in Lon­don seek­ing to avoid be­ing ex­tra­dited to Swe­den – is now a day-to-day soap opera. But for the unini­ti­ated or any­one with a pass­ing in­ter­est in As­sange and keen to swot up on his back story and hack­ing mo­tives, then it’s worth tun­ing into this well-di­rected tele­movie. Un­der­ground also shows how slow and naive law en­force­ment agen­cies were to re­spond or trace com­puter hack­ers and how eas­ily it could be achieved. The tele­movie touches on As­sange’s trou­bled fam­ily life as a teenager, which alone could be a movie in it­self, and high­lights his ob­ses­sion with in­fil­trat­ing US gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary com­put­ers as a cru­sader of the truth. Di­rec­tor Robert Con­nolly has put to­gether a su­perb cast headed by Golden Globe-win­ning pair Rachael Grif­fiths and An­thony LaPaglia, al­though it is new­comer Alex Wil­liams as the 17-year-old As­sange who stands out. There’s a nice nos­tal­gic spin-off for those who are fond of the 1980s. Set in 1989, it’s all about a prim­i­tive com­puter era where the Com­modore 64 was the No.1 PC and dial tele­phones and phone boxes part of ev­ery­day life.

8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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