Charles Dance, Bryan Brown Join Sam Worthington's TV War Drama 'Deadline Gallipoli'

4:59 AM PST 06/16/2014 by Pip Bulbeck
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The WWI show tells the story of an ill-fated British campaign in Turkey from the point of view of four war correspondents, including Rupert Murdoch's grandfather.

SYDNEY – Charles Dance is taking on his next role after Game of Thrones, starring in the Sam Worthington-produced miniseries Deadline Gallipoli for Australian paynet Foxtel.

Dance will star as British General Hamilton, the commander of the ill-fated World War I Gallipoli campaign, alongside Bryan Brown as General Bridges and John Bell as Lord Kitchener. The story explores the origin of the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch — the father of Rupert Murdoch.

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Joel Jackson stars as Bean, Hugh Dancy as Bartlett, Ewen Leslie as Murdoch, and Sam Worthington as Schuler. They are considered the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course.

Also joining the cast are Rachel Griffiths, Anna Torv, Jessica De Gouw and James Fraser.

Production on the four-part epic starts this week in South Australia.

Deadline Gallipoli will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015 to coincide with the World War I Centenary commemorations.

"This is a fresh take on the Gallipoli story, with these four journalists fighting the upper echelons of the military to get the truth out and stop the carnage,” Worthington said. “I'm honored to bring such an important story to audiences, in Australia and around the world."

Foxtel executive director of Television Brian Walsh added: “We have such an extraordinary ensemble of international cast and crew for this landmark Australian miniseries. Deadline Gallipoli will bring to life the history-making events that took place 100 years ago with a story that’s never been told."

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NBCUniversal International Television Production group’s Australian subsidiary, Matchbox Pictures, producers of The Slap, Devil’s Playground, Old School and The Straits is producing the miniseries with Full Clip, the production company formed by Worthington.

U.S.-based Australian director Michael Rymer will direct, from scripts by Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Stuart Beattie and Cate Shortland.

Penny Chapman of Matchbox Pictures will produce the series, with John Schwarz of Full Clip, and Jacquelin Perske. Executive producers are Penny Win, Foxtel’s commissioning editor of drama, Michael McMahon of Matchbox Pictures and Worthington.

Chapman said: "It's been a privilege to work with such fine writers on this extraordinary story. Now, as Michael Rymer and our outstanding cast and crew bring it to life, we look forward to sharing its intimate, unexpected revelations with audiences throughout the world."

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