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Beaconsfield miners experience "sorrow", "tears" watching TV drama

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The miners from the Beaconsfield disaster in Australia have revealed that the recent telemovie about their ordeal has made many "raw emotions" resurface.

Todd Russell and Brant Webb, who spent 16 days trapped in a cage 1km underground after a mine collapsed in 2006, said that attending the preview of Nine Network drama Beaconsfield in Melbourne was a very "hard" thing to do.

Todd Russell and Brant Webb, Beaconsfield miners

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Shane Jacobson

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Webb told The Daily Telegraph: "Seriously, I can't get how they squeezed 321 hours of emotion into that. We had joy, tears, sorrow, no faith, all faith and, yeah, the joking."

He also revealed that it was very emotional seeing the rescuers who freed them, saying: "They are my heroes. We are just survivors."

Russell said that the "hardest" thing to watch was the scene where he is reunited with his wife and children.

"It is six years this year and it's got easier as time goes by, but unfortunately this has brought up the raw emotions of it all again," he said.

Last year, Russell said that he hoped the three-hour television movie would "draw a line" under their ordeal and clear up any questions that remain unanswered.

Offspring star Lachy Hulme plays Russell in Beaconsfield, while Webb is portrayed by Top Gear host Shane Jacobson.

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