• Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Gosford Park)
• Hugh Dancy (Hannibal, The Jane Austen Book Club)
Deadline Gallipoli 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, who lived through the campaign and bore witness to the extraordinary events that unfolded on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.
These were the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course and whose commitment to the stories of the men turned the war from a strategic failure into a triumph of the human spirit.
Josh Saks is cast to play Dr. Mathieson, a Cairo-based army doctor charged with making the difficult professional decision to send healthy soldiers out for active duty.
Joel Jackson stars as Bean, Hugh Dancy as Bartlett, Ewen Leslie as Murdoch, and Sam Worthington as Schuler. Charles Dance plays Hamilton, the Commander of the Gallipoli campaign, Bryan Brown plays General Bridges and John Bell plays Lord Kitchener.
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."
"Dr. Mathieson has to make a couple of decisions that don't sit right with him, but that he knows aid the war effort. His role gives perspective to how kids were lining up to get into this war. They didn't know what they were getting themselves into. Many of them just saw it as an adventure and a way to see the world and be part of something bigger," Saks said. "I'm looking forward to working with an incredibly talented cast and crew. It's going to be an impressive production. The unique perspective the mini-series takes on Gallipoli is going to excite a lot of people's interest."
Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said, “We have such an extraordinary ensemble of international cast and crew for this landmark Australian mini-series. Deadline Gallipoli will bring to life the history-making events that took place 100 years ago with a story that’s never been told."
Deadline Gallipoli will see Saks re-team with award-winning US based Australian director Michael Rymer. The two previously worked together on 2011 drama feature Face to Face, a film which earned Saks an 'IF Awards' Best Actor nomination. Rymer’s other credits include the US dramas American Horror Story, The Killing, Longmire, Hannibal and the critically-acclaimed Battlestar Galactica TV series.
Matchbox Pictures, producers of The Slap, Devil’s Playground, Old School and The Straits will produce the four-part mini-series with Full Clip, the production company formed by Worthington
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 Sam Worthington.
Deadline Gallipoli has been written by four of Australia's most exciting writers – Jacquelin Perske (Love My Way, Little Fish), Shaun Grant (Snowtown), Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow When The War Began) and Cate Shortland (The Slap, Somersault, Devil’s Playground).
Penny 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."
Matchbox Pictures is part of the NBCUniversal International Television Production group.