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24 January 2009 (USA) See more »
An explosive case of international espionage.
A British diplomat is arrested on charges of working with Russian mafia. After death threats to his wife, they are taken into protective custody. Then the MI6 shows up with a new piece of the puzzle. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dougray Scott ... Ian Porter

Rachael Blake ... Det. Chief Insp. Julie Hales

Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ... Mark Wilson

Richard Roxburgh ... Charles Van Koors

Claire Forlani ... Pippa Porter

Don Hany ... Sergei Krousov
Elan Zavelsky ... Nikolai Krousov

Jonny Pasvolsky ... Antonio Morelli

Tony Martin ... Bill Murray

Socratis Otto ... Shannon Cross

Stephen Curry ... Det. Sgt. Neil Trent
Alex Menglet ... Dimitri

Shane Briant ... Winston Beale

Costa Ronin ... Vladimir

Alin Sumarwata ... Yasmin Van Koors

Chris Haywood ... Browning
Doris Younane ... Jenny Basheer

Kate Box ... Rona Hennessy
Anita Hegh ... Annabelle
Janeth Mayo ... Sally
Jason Polkinghorne ... Duncan Young

Lusiana Belle Frost ... Grace
Tharini Mudaliar ... D.C. Megan Robinson
Tony Barry ... The Libertine

Pacharo Mzembe ... D.C. Terry Ayyar
Maria Matteo ... Connie
Fergus Whelan ... Louis Porter
Hugo Whelan ... Louis Porter

Lindsay Moss ... NSW Police Officer
Jason Glover ... Aussie Russian
David Kerslake ... Funeral Director
Helen Sutermeister ... Signals Officer
Gerard Webb ... Bush Camper
Andrew Hunter ... Bush Camper

Jodine Muir ... Flight Attendant
Leon Burchill ... The Didgeridoo Busker
Ilya Melnikoff ... Tajik State Official
Yiani Andrikidis ... School Boy
Jacqui Osborne ... Barmaid
Darryl Cooper ... Proprietor

Christian Antidormi ... Street Kid
David Baltins ... Street Kid

Mark Duncan ... Gunman

Philip Partridge ... Gunman (as Phil Partridge)
Igor Breakenback ... Truck Driver
Neal Horton ... Russian
Ashley Fairfield ... Highway Patrol Officer
Nigel Harbach ... Russian
Normie Daghel ... Russian (as Norm Daghel)

Aaron Hammond ... Russian Thug
Bob Mirovic ... Russian Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Clark ... Porter look-a-like

Mike Duncan ... Police Officer (as Michael Duncan)

Val Athanassiou ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Leonidas Gulaptis ... Uniformed Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Andrikidis 
Writing credits
Peter Gawler (written by)

Greg Haddrick (story) and
Ronan Glennane (story) and
Nell Greenwood (story)

Produced by
Peter Andrikidis .... producer
Justin Bodle .... executive producer
Richard Mewis .... development producer
Sam Thompson .... line producer
Original Music by
Burkhard von Dallwitz  (2008) (as Burkhard Dallwitz)
Cinematography by
Owen McPolin (director of photography: London and Tajikistan)
Mark Wareham (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Neil Thumpston 
Casting by
Ann Robinson 
Production Design by
Kim Buddee 
Art Direction by
John Wingrove  (as JD Wingrove)
Costume Design by
Louise Wakefield 
Makeup Department
Anna Gray .... hair & makeup artist
Jennifer Lamphee .... hair/makeup supervisor
Zoe Saleeba .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Gordon Andersen .... unit manager
Nathaniel Purdon .... assistant unit manager (as Nat Purdon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tremaine Egan .... third assistant director
Jeremy Grogan .... second assistant director
Russell Whiteoak .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mary-Liz Andrews .... art department coordinator
John King .... stand-by props
Katie Lenehan .... assistant stand-by props
Melanie Livermore .... props buyer (as Mel Livermore)
Melanie Livermore .... set dresser (as Mel Livermore)
Sam Lukins .... assistant props buyer
Sam Lukins .... assistant set dresser
Frazer Moore .... assistant props buyer
Frazer Moore .... assistant set dresser
Victoria Williams .... props buyer
Victoria Williams .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lucas Bone .... dialogue editor
Jake Brown .... boom operator
Justin Dotondo .... sound assistant
Jared Dwyer .... sound assistant
Cameron Grant .... sound effects editor
Jason Hancock .... foley recordist: Feet 'n Frames
Bronwyn Murphy .... dialogue editor
Andrew Plain .... sound supervisor
Peter Purcell .... sound mixer (as Pete Purcell)
John Simpson .... foley artist: Feet 'n Frames
Stuart Waller .... sound recordist
Megan Wedge .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Daniel Bavell .... titles design
Dave Everett .... special effects technician
Andrew Hardingham .... electronics technician
David Trethewey .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
William O'Connell .... vfx compositor
Francesca Pascoe .... computer graphics
Ray Anthony .... stunts
Raelene Chapman .... stunts
Paul Doyle .... stunts
Mark Duncan .... stunts
Dean Gould .... stunt coordinator
Sarah Grieve .... stunts
Brian Grogan .... stunts
Goran Jakovski .... stunts
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt performer
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunts
Marc Le Cornu .... stunts (as Mark Le Cornu)
Tony Lynch .... stunts
Scott McLean .... stunts
Philip Partridge .... stunts (as Phil Partridge)
Leon Stripp .... stunt performer
Leon Stripp .... stunts
Gordon Waddell .... stunts
Mark Duncan .... stunt double: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (uncredited)
Mike Duncan .... stunt double: Dougray Scott (uncredited)
Mike Duncan .... stunt double: Richard Roxburgh (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Bartlett-Sweiger .... grip
Stephen Brack .... still photographer (as Steve Brack)
Wei-Ching Chong .... b focus puller
Jason Ewart .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stephen Harding .... grip assistant (as Stephen Harding Jr.)
Carl Mullin .... grip assistant
Michael Pedder .... best boy
Toby Petch .... clapper loader
Nino Tamburri .... focus puller: "a" camera
Matthew Temple .... camera c operator
Aron Walker .... key grip (as Aaron Walker)
Simon Williams .... gaffer
Jimmy Pozarik .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ann Robinson .... casting
Gary Davy .... casting: uk (uncredited)
Grant Thompson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernadette Croft .... assistant costume stand-by
Xanthe Heubel .... additional costume
Amanda Irving .... costume supervisor
Samantha Morley .... costume standby
Editorial Department
Annelie Chapple .... colorist (as Annelle Chapple)
Simon Dibbs .... picture editor: Island Films
Prue Fletcher .... high-definition post production: The LaB Sydney
Margi Hoy .... first assistant editor
William O'Connell .... on-line editor
Location Management
Kingston Anderson .... location manager
Music Department
David Herzog .... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Michael Letho .... music mixer
Michael Letho .... music recordist
Jess Moore .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Adam Pinnock .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
K.J. Andersen .... unit assistant (as KJ 'Kage' Andersen)
Tony Andersen .... unit assistant
Robert Bailey .... catering assistant
Teresa Barker .... production coordinator (as Terésa Barker)
Carl Beaumont .... unit assistant
Pat Breese .... unit publicity: Strut PR & Events
Anni Browning .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Jean Paul Bruneteau .... catering supervisor
Anthony Cogin .... adr loop group (as Tony Cogin)
Emma Cohen .... unit nurse
Trish Davidson .... post-production accountant
Patrick Elkington .... unit assistant
Karen Farrell .... unit publicity: Strut PR & Events
Emma Fletcher .... production secretary
Tony Garland .... armorer
Tony Gibbs .... insurance: HW Wood Australia
Ian Gledhill .... head of finance: Screentime
Dean Gould .... safety supervisor
Louise Johnson .... script supervisor
Melinda Kuhl .... travel services: Encore Travel
Peter Lamb .... technical advisor
Reezy Miller .... post-production script
Reza Mokhtar .... catering supervisor
Ian Seymour .... unit assistant
Sotiri Sotiropoulos .... safety supervisor
James Weinert .... catering assistant
Christopher Wheeler .... on-set location manager
Cherie Vierucci Whyte .... production accountant (as Cherie Whyte)
Sandy Willis .... legal and business affairs: Screentime
Di Adams .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Amanda Bishop .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Emma Buzo .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Darren Gilshenan .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Sophie Gregg .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Slava Orel .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Nils Pedotti .... production runner (uncredited)
Costa Ronin .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Andrew Saareste .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Justin Smith .... adr loop group (uncredited)
John Xintavelonis .... adr loop group (uncredited)

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Australia:190 min (two parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:MA15+ (some episodes) | Australia:MA15+ (2010) | Portugal:M/12

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Worth witnessing, 18 January 2009
Author: edward wilgar ( from Melbourne, Australia

"False Witness" is an enjoyable enough espionage mini-series which easily kept me watching for more than three hours in two sessions on Australian cable TV on the second weekend in January 2009 in what was claimed to be a "World Premiere". There's probably very little in it that you haven't seen before though the degree of culpability of the main character Ian Porter (Dougray Scott) had me guessing for a long time.

I thought this was a co-production between Australian pay-TV company Foxtel and British TV (BBC?) but apparently it's all-Aussie. The action takes place in London and Sydney and in case you're not sure where we are, every time the location changes we start with a shot of Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben etc or alternatively Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Opera House. (Incidentally, according to "False Witness" every resident of Sydney has a harbor view).

Real-life couple Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani are a great-looking pair, Clare especially is a stunning-looking young woman. Unfortunately on this evidence Dougray is something of a sleepwalker.

I don't think I need to explain the plot again as Venus Attack has covered it well but I suspect the couple whose marriage fails after they lose a child in an accident has been done before.

(The broadcast I watched had sub-titles (which I find helpful) in the second episode but not the first!)

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