Don Hany will star as homicide detective Joe Cashin in the thriller based on a book by Peter Temple (Jack Irish).
Set against a background of ‘police corruption, racism and family tragedy’ the story sees Joe Cashin (Hany) transferred to the small Victorian coastal town of Port Monro where he grew up. When wealthy benefactor Charles Bourgoyne dies, Joe’s investigation uncovers a cycle of lies, betrayal and systematic corruption in a community where tensions over race, class and politics are at boiling point.
Also featuring are Claudia Karvan (The Time of Our Lives, Puberty Blues, Spirited) as Helen Castleman, Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, The Boys are Back, Somersault), Anthony Hayes (Devil’s Dust, The Slap, Animal Kingdom), Catherine McClements (Wentworth, Tangle, Rush), Dan Wyllie (Puberty Blues, Tangle) and Robyn Nevin (Upper Middle Bogan, Top of the Lake) as well Tony Briggs (The Slap, Howzat!: Kerry Packer’s War) and Wayne Blair (Redfern Now, Dead Gorgeous).
The screenplay has been adapted by Andrew Knight (Jack Irish, Rake, SeaChange), and produced by Ian Collie (Jack Irish, Rake, Saving Mr Banks) and Andrew Knight. Directed by Rowan Woods (Rake, Little Fish, The Boys), it is being filmed in Melbourne and throughout the Port Campbell National Park region, including Port Fairy.
The ABC1 telemovie is produced by Essential Media and Entertainment (Jack Irish, Rake) and due to screen later this year.
“The creative team at Essential Media bring a strong cinematic vision to the work,” says Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction. “It’s a dark story infused with wit and humanity.”
Don Hany will also feature in the upcoming ABC / HBO Asia miniseries, Serangoon Road.