ABC reveals look at James Hardie asbestos saga Devil’s Dust

Anthony Hayes as Bernie Banton

The ABC has revealed the first look at its new two-part drama Devil’s Dust, produced by FremantleMedia Australia.

Going to air on Sunday 11 November, concluding the next night, Devil’s Dust is based on the James Hardie asbestos saga and inspired by the reporting of ABC journalist Matt Peacock.

The story spans four decades and follows four people.

It features Anthony Hayes as the late Bernie Banton who became the face of the court case. Banton’s wife Karen is played by Alexandra Schepisi, while Peacock is played by Ewen Leslie.

The drama also features the fictional character of Hardie spin doctor Adam Bourke, played by Don Hany. Former Hardie and then News Limited spinner Greg Baxter who featured in the real court case, does not appear in the drama.

The story is based on Peacock’s book Killer Company about the company’s denial and ensuing court case around the use of asbestos. It is directed by Jessica Hobbs, written by Kris Mrksa and produced by Jason Stephens, Antonia Barnard and Stephen Corvini.

The mini-series began production in May this year.


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