Dead Heat is based on the apparent suicide of David Kelly on the 17th July, 2003 and the subsequent Hutton Inquiry into his death. Kelly, one of the world’s pre-eminent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) scientists came to grief in his encounter with the UK’s Ministry of Defence when he publicly questioned the validity of the Government’s claim that Iraq could deploy WMD within 45 minutes. It reconstructs a phone conversation between Kelly and a journalist, days before his death, in the context of the Hutton Inquiry’s psychiatric report on Kelly.
Producer, Director and Designer: Dennis Del Favero
Writer: Stephen Sewell
Composer: Kate Moore
Sound Designer: Tony MacGregor and Dennis Del Favero
Sound Engineer: John Jacobs
Stylist and Designer: Karla Urizar
Steady-Cam Operator and Camera Assistant: David Mackenzie
Voice-overs: Kelly: John Greg; Journalist: Lucy Bell
Actors: Kelly: Ole Borch; Journalist: Annette Madden
Produced by the iCinema, Centre for Interactive Cinema Research,
University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Co-Produced in association with Radio Eye, ABC Radio National.
Assisted by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.