REMY Hii delivers the performance of the year in the most gripping TV drama of the year in SBS miniseries Better Man.
Hii, a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, is a revelation as drug trafficker Van Nguyen.
And it's a story Hii knows well, because he was studying human rights at the Queensland University of Technology in 2005 - the year Nguyen was sent to the gallows.
In 2002, 25-year-old Vietnamese-Australian Nguyen was caught with almost 400g of heroin at Singapore's Changi airport.
Human rights campaigners, the Vatican and the Australian Government's pleas for clemency were ignored and Nguyen was hanged.
Hii leads an all-star cast, with Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan and David Wenham in support roles. The talent behind the camera is also impressive. Khoa Do is writer-director and Jason Stephens (Devil's Dust, Killing Time) is executive producer.
Q: This must have been a difficult role to win.
A: When I read the script, I just knew it was the one. I shot two scenes at home in my living room. Then there were three months of auditions and meetings with the director.
Q: Your human rights studies must have been a huge help in preparing for the role.
A: They were. I was born in South-East Asia so I know how hard line they are with these things. Also, I was aware of how differently the story was portrayed compared to Schapelle Corby's in the media. I'm not just talking about racial issues. This was an Australian on Death Row. I became a member of Amnesty International and am really passionate about human rights and justice.
Q: Have you met members of Nguyen's family?
A: No. It was their call. The director had been in touch with his mother. I think it would have been way too hard (for the mother to meet Hii).
Q: Is there added pressure in playing a real character?
A: There's always a burden. You want to treat everything with respect.
Q: What have you been up to since filming Better Man?
A: I've got a contract on Neighbours that has been great.
> BETTER MAN, SBS ONE, THURSDAY 8.30PM AND AUGUST 1, 8.30PM