ABC’s asbestos story Devil’s Dust begins shooting in March

A two part mini-series about the James Hardie asbestos tragedy goes into production on March 19 for the ABC.

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, Devil’s Dust will star Don Hany of East West 101 and Offspring, Anthony Hayes of The Slap and upcoming Beaconsfield and Ewen Leslie of Sleeping Beauty and Mabo.

The mini-series is based on the book Killer Company by ABC journalist Matt Peacock, who is played by Leslie.

Synopsis: Devil’s Dust follows the story of three men, Bernie Banton, asbestos sufferer, Adam Bourke and Matt Peacock whose lives and careers are bound together by a tragedy that becomes a scandal, and then a fast-moving battle through the corridors of corporate, political and media power. At the heart of the story are the 60,000 Australians likely to die of asbestos disease by 2030.

ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said: “This is a powerful, inspiring drama which has attracted an outstanding cast and creative team. ABC TV is proud to present the human story at the heart of this on-going national tragedy.”

FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific CEO, Ian Hogg, said: “Devil’s Dust is a powerful story of greed, subterfuge and perseverance. It’s a story that will resonate ever so strongly with all Australians. Our Creative Director, Jason Stephens / Bravado has been instrumental in bringing the project to the small screen.”


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