The miners:
Brant Webb – Peter Phelps
Todd Russell – Russell Crowe

Their families:
Rachael Webb – Georgie Parker
18-year-old twins Zoe and Zach Webb – Bec Cartwright and Matthew Newton
Caroline Russell – Lisa McCune
Son Trent Russell (age 11) – Boyd from Neighbours
Daughter Maddison Russell (age 9) – Nikki Webster
Son Liam Russell (age 5) – George Negus’s son
Mother Kaye Russell – Dawn Fraser
The faithful dog – Bouncer from Neighbours

Side characters:
The PM – actor John Howard
Union leader Bill Shorten – Peter Moon/Bill Hunter
West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther – Gold Logie winner John Wood/Bill Hunter
Consultant psychologist Bev Ernst – Kerry Armstrong
The mine manager Matthew Gill – Hugh Jackman
The publican – Bud Tingwell/Bill Hunter
The hairdresser – Silver Logie winner Kate Ritchie

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The rescuers:
Sassy ambulance woman: Rebecca Gibney
Rescuer 1: Craig McLachlan
Rescuer 2: Glenn Robbins
Rescuer 3: Dieter Brummer
Rescuer 4: Heath Ledger

The media scrum
Mel and Kochie – Mel and Kochie
Naomi Robson – Natalie Bassingthwaite
Tracy Grimshaw – Sigrid Thornton

Directed by Peter Weir/Baz Luhrmann/George Miller


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