Devil’s Dust looks at sor­did saga

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Devil’s Dust tells the story of or­di­nary Aus­tralians caught in a web of de­cep­tion in the James Hardie as­bestos saga. The two-part se­ries fol­lows four peo­ple – ev­ery­day hero and ex-Hardie’s em­ployee Bernie Ban­ton (An­thony Hayes), Bernie’s loyal wife Karen (Alexan­dra Schep­isi), tena­cious ABC jour­nal­ist Matt Peacock (Ewen Les­lie) and the Hardie spin doc­tor Adam Bourke (Don Hany, pic­tured) – thrown to­gether by a tragedy that be­comes a high-stakes bat­tle through the cor­ri­dors of cor­po­rate, po­lit­i­cal and me­dia power. Span­ning four decades, Devil’s Dust shows in­dus­trial man­u­fac­turer James Hardie first cover up its knowl­edge of the dan­gers of its as­bestos min­ing and prod­ucts and then threaten com­pen­sa­tion plans by mov­ing the com­pany over­seas. Based on in­ter­views with those who sur­vived and the sto­ries of those who have died, Devil’s Dust is in­spired by the work of Matt Peacock, au­thor of the book Killer Com­pany.

Sun­day and Mon­day, 8.30pm, ABC1.

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