David Wenham to star in East Timor miniseries for ABC TV -
ABC (Australia), May 31, 2005:
"Wenham (After the Deluge, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and currently on screen in Three Dollars)
will play an Australian policeman whose life is irrevocably changed when he volunteers for the
UN mission in Timor."
Floods and Fire -
The Daily Telegraph, July 6, 2005:
"Cast members were supposed to drive up a mountain only to find the road washed away.
But the whole day had to be cancelled because most of the crew couldn't make it out
of their doors due to flash flooding."
Hopping Mad -
The Daily Telegraph, July 13, 2005:
"The producers had set up a shot set in an 'East Timorese swamp' when suddenly the cast
was expanded to include a mob of kangaroos hopping into the frame.... Yes, it had to be
set up again and reshot - without the very Aussie fauna."
Timor Role Fires Up a Class Act -
Courier Mail, July 22, 2005:
"'This is a story I was well aware of (and) I feel passionate about being involved,'
Wenham said yesterday.... 'The cast have been fantastic, especially many of the Timorese,'
he said. 'A lot of them have lived through the experience and here we are re-creating
the story. It must be very moving for them and we are sensitive to that.'"
Answering Coast call -
Gold Coast Bulletin, July 22, 2005:
"'There must be some sort of magnetic force that keeps bringing me back here,' said Wenham during a
break in filming yesterday. 'I have a great affinity to the Gold Coast. I feel very at home here.'"
Fire Power -
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 15, 2006:
"Wenham hopes Answered by Fire will shatter Australians' complacency about our northern neighbour....
Wenham hopes Answered by Fire will reinvigorate another dire cause: Australian content on the ABC.
'My greatest wish is that people see Answered By Fire because it's a wonderful story, told fabulously
well. Will it be leveraged to assist local drama on the ABC? One would hope so. Hopefully we've bottomed
out and can turn it around."
On the Box -
MX, May 16, 2007
Timor Tragedy -
The Advertiser, May 17, 2006:
"Even though my character in Answered by Fire is fictional, he's still heavily based on the experiences of a
lot of people who went there," Wenham says. "I felt personally responsible to portray my character as honestly
as I could, so that anybody who was there could give it their stamp of approval."
Timor Ease -
Herald Sun, May 17, 2006
In the line of fire - a reluctant David Wenham puts himself in the hot seat -
Star Power Answers Worthy Call -
The Guide, Courier Mail, May 17, 2006
Fire in their Hearts -
The Age, May 18, 2006:
"'The great journey for Mark is that, for the first time in his life, he experiences failure because
he can't achieve what he wants to do. He's frustrated by the organisation that he works with, he's
frustrated by the fact that he can't help people that he's come to know and feel for. And when they're
forced to evacuate and sent back to Australia, he's racked with guilt.'"
Bad Moon Rising -
Newcastle Herald, May 19, 2006
: 'It's a story that certainly moved me and one that I made a point of finding
out more about when it was happening.... The audience will really be able to
connect to this story,' Wenham says proudly. 'And respond to it. Hopefully this
returns Timor to the social conscience. It's a story we should never forget.'"
Trouble in Timor -
The Weekend Australian, May 20, 2006
Fiery Cause For Story Incentive -
Northern Territory News, May 22, 2006:
"I'd become interested in the plight of the East Timorese people after I'd seen a documentary called Death of a Nation.
I joined the Australia East Timor Association, purely to get information about what was happening up there and inform myself
as much as possible because it both moved and angered me. It was history... and I felt honoured to be a part of telling it."
Mini-series star concern on Timor -
The Australian, May 25, 2006:
"'The people of East Timor are not rich, yet they, too, have a remarkable dignity. They've suffered loss, most have to cope with
the death in dreadful circumstances of a family friend, a family member, a friend of someone known to them. Yet they live on in the
belief in their own worth instilled in them by their incredible faith and a keen sense of justice.
Real Life Performance -
The Australian, May 30, 2006:
"Receiving an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne at the weekend for his commitment
to the arts and social issues, Wenham said he was concerned for the safety of cast mate, East Timorese actor Jose De Costa,
who is now working with the Dili international school. 'He brings a richness to the story and, of course, he and others
involved in the production have experienced first-hand the trauma of East Timor's struggle for independence,' Wenham said."
Burning Issue (relevant excerpt) -
Limelight, June, 2006
Suburban Mayhem sweeps AFI's -
The Age, October 19, 2006
Answered By Fire wins award at the Cine Tout Ecran international festival in Geneva -
November 4, 2006
Ten Canoes wins AFI best film award -
The Australian, December 7, 2006
Wenham's Day in the Sun -
The Australian, December 11, 2006
Upsets galore at TV's night of nights -
The Australian, May 7, 2007
All those questions answered -
The Herald Sun, September 19, 2007:
"ABC drama Answered by Fire continues to win acclaim, notching up six nominations -- including best mini-series and best director
for Jessica Hobbs -- in the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys. David Wenham has been nominated as
best actor and Isabelle Blais as best actress. The awards will be held on October 28. Answered by Fire also is a semi-finalist
for an International Emmy."
Nation's Birth Proves Compelling -
The Australian, December 9, 2009:
"And Wenham is brilliant. He is the kind of actor who collaborates with the character he plays
in order to create an inseparable fusion of fact and fiction. He is gravely intelligent and, out
of respect for his fellow actors, one suspects, decently self-effacing for someone so charismatic."