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Cast Is King In Devil's Dust Trailer

7 October 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

How do you make a true life story about litigation against a big cement manufacturer appealing to general audiences? You cast the hell out of it. This is exactly what the makers of Devil's Dust, the story of the James Hardie asbestos scandal and court case have done, and the results look superb. Anthony Hayes (The Square) leads the cast as Bernie Banton, the campaigner who became the public face of the political and legal campaign to achieve compensation for the sufferers of asbestos-related conditions, which they contracted after working for the company James Hardie. Other lead cast include Dony Hany (Rake, Lucky Miles), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, These Final Hours), Ewen Leslie (Mabo, Dead Europe), Mirrah Foulkes (Animal Kingdom), Henry Nixon (Noise), David Roberts (The Square), Alexandra Schepisi (The Eye of the Storm) and the always-great character actor Alan »

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Don Hany, Anthony Hayes to star in new ABC telemovie 'Devil's Dust'

22 February 2012 7:17 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The cast for a new ABC telemovie about the Australian James Hardie asbestos saga has been revealed. Logie winner Don Hany, who is best known for his roles in Offspring and East West 101, will play a spin doctor in Devil's Dust, while The Slap's Anthony Hayes will play Bernie Banton, the worker who fought for compensation for asbestos victims. Hayes told the Herald Sun: "It is a very important story to tell. It is something that shocked me when I read the script. I knew parts of it, but not the full extent. By 2030, there will be more deaths in Australia from asbestos than from Wwi. It is horrific, it is absolutely horrific." The actor described Banton, who died in 2007 after a battle with cancer caused by asbestos, as an inspiring figure. "A (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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