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Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)

A look at the early career of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

Director:

Robert Connolly

Writers:

Suelette Dreyfus (book), Robert Connolly (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Griffiths ... Christine Assange
Anthony LaPaglia ... Detective Ken Roberts
Alex Williams ... Julian Assange
Laura Wheelwright ... Electra
Callan McAuliffe ... Prime Suspect
Jordan Raskopoulos ... Trax
Benedict Samuel ... Jonah
Ben Crundwell Ben Crundwell ... Adam
Doug Bowles ... Fred
Daniel Frederiksen ... Wayne
Ben Keller Ben Keller ... Young Julian Assange
Simon Maiden ... Journalist
Ian Bliss ... Vince
Dean Cartmel Dean Cartmel ... Technician
Nick Mitchell ... Matthew Stewart
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Julian Assange is one of the most significant figures of the twenty first century. But before he was famous, before WikiLeaks, before the internet even existed, he was a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne. This is his story. In 1989, known as 'Mendax', Assange and two friends formed a group called the 'International Subversives'. Using early home computers and defining themselves as 'white hat hackers' - those who look but don't steal - they broke into some of the world's most powerful and secretive organisations. They were young, brilliant, and in the eyes of the US Government, a major threat to national security. At the urging of the FBI, the Australian Federal Police set up a special taskforce to catch them. But at a time when most Australian police had never seen a computer, let alone used one, they had to figure out just where to begin. Police ingenuity and old-fashioned detective work are pitted against nimble, highly skilled young men in this new crime frontier. What follows,... Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2012 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellenállók: A Julian Assange sztori See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Matchbox Pictures See more »
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The "reel to reel" machine shown to be tracing Julian's phone call, is actually a broadcast 1" videotape machine, which were primarily used to record and transmit video in television stations during the 80's and 90's. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, a Telstra phone box is seen. The Telstra branding was not introduced until 1995 so this would have been a Telecom phone box at the time the movie is set. Later scenes in the movie correctly have Telecom phone boxes. See more »

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References Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) See more »

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At First Sight
Written by Dom Mariani
Performed by The Stems
Courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Great story and Wonderful Insight into Early Hacking Exploits
28 December 2013 | by elsabraunSee all my reviews

The actor playing Julian is riveting.

The storyline about early hacking attempts and Woz' "blue box" used to intercept the old phone company mechanical relay system by spoofing tones was interesting to see.

The movie was heavy on technology specifics without giving short shrift to the storyline of Julian's life.

I loved the review of emerging Computer technology and the realistically portrayed old hardware.

I was amazed how often the "white hats" were forced to play catch up with the techniques of the early hacker culture.


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