Australian TV TV

Beaconsfield (Channel 9 2012, Shane Jacobson, Lachy Hulme)


Three hour Channel 9 telemovie Beaconsfield tells the dramatic real life story of the rescue of two Tasmanian miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb who spent 14 days trapped together in the rubble of a collapsed mine in Beaconsfield one whole kilometre below the surface. The story held not just Australia but the whole world gripped as the rescue teams battled to keep the men alive.

Shane Jacobson stars alongside Lachy Hulme and the production focuses on the rescue from the point of view of the two rescue teams who had to come up with a plan that had never been tried before.

Producer John Edwards said of the rescue “The mechanics were complex and intriguing – the tension of The Great Escape combines with the compelling detail of Apollo 13.”

production details
Australia | Channel 9 – Southern Star / 1×180 minute episode / Broadcast 22 April 2012

Writer: Judy Mccrossin / Producers: John Edwards, Jane Liscombe / Director: Glendyn Ivin

Shane Jacobson as Brant Webb
Lachy Hulme as Todd Russell
Cameron Daddo as Matthew Gill
Anthony Hayes as Pat Ball
Michala Banas as Carolyn Russell
Sacha Horler as Rachel Webb
Angus Sampson as Brett ‘Cress’ Cresswell
Syd Brisbane as Gavin ‘Cheesy’ Cheesman
Simon Lyndon as Larry Knight
Richard Davies as Daniel Piscioneri
Oscar Redding as Rex Johnson
Steve Vizard as Richard Carleton
Fiona Harris as Toni Griffith
Christopher Bunworth as Mike Lester
Christopher Stevenson as Peter Hills