Telemovie offers up Assange insights
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.