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Underground: The Julian Assange Story (Channel 10 2012 with Alex Williams and Rachel Griffiths)

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Australia / Channel 10 / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 7 October 2012 @ 8.30pm

Writer: Robert Connolly / Book: Suelette Dreyfus / Director: Robert Connolly

Drama. Julian Assange is one of the most significant figures of the 21st century. But before he was famous, before WikiLeaks, before the World Wide Web even existed, he was a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne. Underground is his story.

In 1989, known as Mendax, Assange and two friends formed a group called the International Subver- sives. 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.
Police ingenuity and old-fashioned detective work are pitted against nimble, highly skilled young men in this new crime frontier. What follows is a tense and gripping game of cat and mouse through the electronic underground of Melbourne.

The film stars newcomer Alex Williams as the young renegade. Golden Globe winners Rachel Griffths and Anthony LaPaglia star as Christine Assange and Detective Ken Roberts respectively.

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Alex Williams as Julian Assange
Rachel Griffiths as Christine Assange
Anthony LaPaglia as Detective Ken Roberts
Laura Wheelwright as Electra
Callan McAuliffe as Prime Suspect
Laura Wheelwright as Electra
Benedict Samuel as Jonah
Daniel Frederiksen as Wayne
Jordan Raskopoulos as Trax
Carissa McAllen as Prime Suspect’s Mum
Nick Mitchell as Matthew Stewart

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