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Assange movie gets air date
Alex Williams is Julian Assange in Underground - The Julian Assange Story. Picture: Ten.

Network Ten will screen the highly-anticipated movie event Underground – The Julian Assange Story on Sunday October 7 at 8.30pm.

The telemovie directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Slap) focuses on Assange's early life as a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne.

Fresh from screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where the entertainment industry bible Variety called it "one of the small screen events of the year", Underground stars Perth newcomer and WAAPA graduate Alex Williams as Assange.

Golden Globe winners Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia star as his mother Christine Assange and Detective Ken Roberts respectively.

Immediately before Underground, award-winning Ten news reporter and presenter Hamish Macdonald presents a special on Julian Assange examining the man behind the WikiLeaks phenomenon and what the future holds for one of the world's most wanted men.

Macdonald travelled to London, Sweden and Washington and discovered dramatic new information from those at the centre of this extraordinary story

On the same night, Seven will launch the new two-part series Anh Does Vietnam, in which comedian, actor and best-selling author Anh Do returns to his homeland to discover just how different his life would have been had his family not escaped the war and moved to Australia when he was two years old.

"A few years ago I went back to Vietnam with my family and we recorded a bunch of home videos," Do said.

"We watched them back recently and they were hilarious, not just because I have an odd family, but because the people in Vietnam have an innate ability to be accidentally funny. So I thought I’d go back and explore the country with a Channel Seven film crew, and boy did we discover some magic."

Anh Does Vietnam will air at 7.30pm, followed by the free to air launch of Killing Time, in which David Wenham stars in the true story of the rise and fall of notorious Melbourne criminal defence lawyer Andrew Fraser.

At the top of his game represented the likes of business tycoon Alan Bond and AFL star Jimmy Krakouer. But when his cocaine addiction spiralled into a thousand dollar-a-day habit he crossed the line and was disbarred, discredited, broken financially, with his marriage destroyed.

The West Australian

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