8:30pm – Sunday, November 11 on ABC1
An intensely personal drama based on one of Australia’s most shocking corporate scandals, Devil’s Dust tells the story of ordinary Australians caught in a web of deception in the James Hardie asbestos saga.
The two-part series follows four people – everyday hero and ex-Hardie’s employee Bernie Banton (Anthony Hayes), Bernie’s loyal wife Karen (Alexandra Schepisi), tenacious ABC journalist Matt Peacock (Ewen Leslie) and the fictional character of Hardie spin doctor Adam Bourke (Don Hany) – thrown together by a tragedy that becomes a high-stakes battle through the corridors of corporate, political and media power.
Spanning four decades, Devil’s Dust shows industrial manufacturer James Hardie first cover up its knowledge of the dangers of its asbestos mining and products and then threaten compensation plans by moving the company overseas.
But it is not just a story of court cases and corporate legalese. Devil’s Dust depicts Australians from all walks of life whose lives are ripped apart by a deadly dust that looks so innocent, yet is so lethal.
Based on interviews with those who have survived and the stories of those who have died, Devil’s Dust is inspired by the work of Matt Peacock, author of the book Killer Company.
The legacy of asbestos will continue for decades to come. By 2030, asbestos-related illnesses are expected to have killed more than 60,000 Australians, more than our country’s death toll in WW1.
Part Two will screen on Monday 12 November at 8.30pm on ABC1.