The Beaconsfield mine disaster of 2006 will be dramatised in a Channel Nine telemovie.
Local casting for the feature will be held on Friday, with casting directors looking for extras, particularly men in their 50’s and 60’s to play locals.
Production will begin on the three-hour telemovie, Beaconsfield, on 11 July, dramatising the mine collapse that killed Larry Knight and left Brant Webb and Todd Russell trapped underground for two weeks.
Shane Jacobson, most popular for his toilet-cleaning character, Kenny, will play Webb, and Russell will be recreated by Offspring’s Lachy Hulme.
Channel Nine said the program, also featuring Michala Banas and Sacha Horler, will be told from the perspective of rescuers Matthew Gill and Pat Ball.
"The mechanics of the rescue were complex and intriguing – the tension of The Great Escape combines with the compelling detail of Apollo 13," Southern Star’s John Edwards said.
Last month, on the fifth anniversary of their rescue, survivors of the Beaconsfield gold mine disaster returned to the place where they spent two weeks trapped underground.
The previous day West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther and Tasmanian Community Chairman Lynn Mason opened a 3D mine model to demonstrate the complications of modern underground mining which is introduced by Russell’s hologram.
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