Freelance journalist Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Australia.
Underground, a TV movie that chronicles WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s teenage career as a computer hacker in 1980s Melbourne, will have its world premiere in the contemporary world cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival. NBCUniversal International will launch its sales efforts in Toronto and the telemovie will air in Australia on Network Ten. Playing Assange is 21-year-old Alex Williams in his first post-graduate role, with Rachel Griffiths as his mother and Laura Wheelwright as his girlfriend. Written and directed by Robert Connolly, the project is based on the 1997 novel Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier by Suelette Dreyfus, on which she collaborated with Assange who has been fighting extradition from London to Sweden on sex crimes allegations.