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A Donation To The Struggle

Episode 1
Sunday, June 05, 2016 (Showcase)
Written by Matt Cameron
Directed by Emma Freeman

When political journalist Harriet Dunkley sees the gutted body of a young man washed up on the lakeshore she suspects a conspiracy. Her newspaper thinks she's tilting at another windmill, the police stonewall, her Government sources are silent, and a senior contact within Australian intelligence firmly warns her off. But Harriet discovers a link between Sabine Hobbs, a young Australian who has disappeared after staging a dramatic protest in China, and the dead boy and determines that, whatever the personal or professional cost, she must pursue a story that could overturn everything Australians believe about our Government and their place in the world.


  • Anna Torv as Harriet
  • Dan Wyllie as Paxton
  • Jacki Weaver as Bailey
  • Damon Herriman as Kim
  • Alan Dale as Prime Minister Toohey
  • Alex Dimitriades as Dancer
  • Eugenia Yuan as Weng
  • Mekhi Phifer as US Ambassador Moreton
  • Matthew Zeremes as Brimmer
  • Huw Higginson as Reardon
  • Marcus Graham as Griff
  • Miranda Tapsell as Sasha
  • Benedict Samuel as Felix
  • Sacha Horler as Ludie
  • Kate Mulvaney as Ronnie
  • Alan Dukes as Bennett
  • Justin Smith as Vaughn
  • Aleks Mikic as Thomas
  • Paul Gleeson as Warwick
  • David Roberts as General McAuliffe
  • Anni FInsterer as Rear Admiral Hartzig
  • Sean Taylor as Wheeler
  • Russell Kiefel as Olmstead
  • Chris Haywood as Rankin
  • Gary Young as Zheng
  • Ferdinand Hoang as Ambassador Dhao
  • Alice Chaston as Sabine Hobbs
  • Jeanette Cronin as Mrs Hobbs
  • Brenna Harding as Cassie
  • Max Brown as Kevin
  • Tim Parsons as Max Dalgetty
  • Jenny Wu as Mae Lin
  • Sam Fraser as Dylan
  • Laura Jayes as Sky News Anchor
  • Graham Gall as Arriving Politician
  • Andrew Benson as Short Bald Man
  • Kathryn Longstaff as Harriet Rowing Double
  • Maddie Mackie as Harriet Rowing Double
  • Marlee Barber as Stunt Performer
  • Darvin De La Cruz as Stunt Performer
  • Glenn Chow as Stunt Performer
  • Andrea Berchtold as Stunt Performer
  • Wilson Lo as Stunt Action Personnel
  • Hsieh Wai Lim as Stunt Action Personnel
  • Aaron Zee as Stunt Action Personnel