Don’s devil fight

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News -

DON Hany (above) is un­der no il­lu­sions his character in Devil’s Play­ground will be loved.

Hany’s Bishop Quaid is a high-pow­ered cler­gy­man in the Catholic Church who, when ac­cu­sa­tions of child sex­ual abuse by priests start to go pub­lic in the late 1980s, tries to keep any in­ves­ti­ga­tions “in house”.

“[He’s] a guy who in many ways be­came the moral cus­to­dian for the Catholic Church at the time. He will prob­a­bly be com­pared to [for­mer Arch­bishop of Syd­ney] George Pell, de­spite the fact he’s an amal­gam of many dif­fer­ent priests,” Hany says.

It all adds up to the like­li­hood that “you won’t like Quaid at all”, Hany con­cedes of his character in the dark drama which airs its third episode this week. “But there’s got to be that voice.”

Though the sub­ject mat­ter is grim, Hany felt obliged to heav­ily re­search his role, watch­ing doc­u­men­taries and speak­ing to sev­eral for­mer church mem­bers.

“The more you know about it, the harder it is to ig­nore,” he says.

“A lot of the vic­tims from that time are find­ing voice now, 3040 years after. The ef­fect it’s had on peo­ple’s lives is pro­found. If they haven’t sui­cided, they can’t hold a re­la­tion­ship, they can’t hold a job.”


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