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I don't believe I fully understood the appalling conditions confronting
asbestos workers until I viewed this film. The scenes in the factory .
. . the workers covered from top to toe in asbestos dust . . . laughing
it off in typical Aussie style "she'll be right, mate!", made my blood
run cold. And the poor aboriginals working the mines - doesn't bear
thinking of. The poor innocents! Shame James Hardie! No wonder it
hasn't been repeated on Australian television like so many other
Similar to Erin Brockovich, this is a story of courage and determination- depicting how a handful of people CAN expose and win against a corrupt giant. A good, solid script, good direction and good performances all round, particularly by Anthony Hayes who won Best Actor for his role as Bernie Banton.
I just finished watching the 2nd part of this mini series and must say that everyone involved in the production and screening is to be applauded. This production was near flawless in terms of the writing, authentic performances and direction. The actor who played Bernie Banton put in a very nuanced performance, balancing melancholy and the larrakin spirit. Nothing about this film felt forced and is one of the few times I have watched an Australian drama that felt authentic. I urge you to view it and read Matt Peacocks book. This truly shameful episode is ongoing as by some estimates asbestos related disease in this country is still yet to peak. There are people who live in this country dedicated to bringing us the truth and for that I am thankful.
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