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The Great Mint Swindle is an extraordinary tale about the most famous gold heist in Australia’s history – a major crime that remains unsolved to this day.

The 20-year saga is a mysterious tale of greed, rat cunning and the allure of gold. It’s about the selling of souls, police corruption, the desperate need for redemption and the pursuit of justice.

The story begins with an elaborate sting at The Perth Mint. It ends two decades later with a chilling car bomb assassination and a wretched suicide. At the centre of this historic tale is a bitter war between two brotherhoods.

On one side is Ray Mickelberg, a decorated SAS Vietnam veteran with a reputation after manufacturing a huge fake nugget. His off-sider is larrikin brother Peter Mickelberg, 14-years his junior.

On the other side is senior Detective Donald Leslie Hancock – “The Silver Fox”. Some say he was a fearless champion of justice, others a sinister and rogue cop. His loyal number two was Detective Tony “Lewi” Lewandowski – an easily lead thug who, in the end, is left holding the scales of justice and alone must decide which brotherhood will prevail.

Was Detective Hancock’s approach a case of ‘noble cause’ corruption? Many still believe the Mickelbergs did the Mint job.

Or was it something more sinister?

Photo credit Tony McDonough

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Yamatji Badimia, Yamatji Nanda & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information


Reg Cribb

Paul Bennett


Geoff Bennett


Michael Cordell

Paul Bennett

Russell Vines

Line Producer

Richard Clendinnen

Post Producer

Josephine Tankard

Executive Producers

Nick Murray

Jo Rooney

Andy Ryan

Key Cast

Grant Bowler
Todd Lasance
Shane Bourne
John Batchelor
Phil Bennett
Adam Booth
Troy Coward
Jenny Davis
Abby Earl
Andrew Hale
Les Hill
Talei Howell-Price
Rhonda Lopez
Caroline McKenzie
Josh Quong Tart
Maya Strange

Key Locations



Antonio Mestres

Director of Photography

Bruce Young


Jim Mogine

Production Designer

Herbert Pinter


Maura Fay and Associates

Ann Fay

Leigh Pickford

Sound Recordist

Dean Ryan

First Assistant Director

Brad Holyoake

Second Assistant Director

Claire Blake

Third Assistant Director

Kiran Wilson

Costume Designer

Wendy Cork

Hair and Makeup Supervisor

Peta Hastings

Music Facility

Oceanic Studio


Nine Network Australia

Filming in Perth

“Perth’s a beautiful place to shoot”

“Its incredibly picturesque and the weather is fantastic. Everyone in Perth has been welcoming and very forthcoming in their opinion of the Mickelbergs… everybody. The city is quite divided in its opinions on the case.”

– Grant Bowler, Actor (Ray Mickelberg)

Photo credit Tony McDonough
Grant Bowler
Photo credit Tony McDonough
Mickelberg Brothers with the Cast

Community Support

“I knew very little of the events of the Swindle,”

So when the script came I didnt know if it was a true story or not. It seemed like such an imaginative tale. I was blown away to meet Ray and Peter and that made the subject even more real to us. With real characters you have an obligation to get it right, or as close as you possibly can.

– Josh Quong Tart, Actor (Brian Mickelberg)

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