SECRET CITY, THE political drama that had everyone absorbed, is getting a second season. Two-time Academy award-nominee Jacki Weaver will reprise her role alongside Anna Torv – with Wentworth’s Danielle Cormack also added to the cast!
Titled Secret City: Under the Eagle, this new instalment follows Harriet Dunkley (played by Torv), a journalist who was imprisoned but is now released only to be once again caught up in a tale of intrigue among the powers that be in Canberra. Expect plenty of secrets, lies and betrayals as the series plunges back into the dark side of the political world.
Weaver returns as Labor powerbroker Catriona Bailey – who is ensnared in the cover-up Harriet discovers. “She is complicated, which I love because real people are full of contradictions,” says Weaver of the role. “And she’s very powerful.”
Torv, who won a Logie Award for her performance in the first season, is thrilled to be revisiting her character, too, because she resonates with viewers. “I think everyone likes truth-seekers, and that’s exactly what the show’s got,” she says. “Every political journalist I spoke to, without fail, talked about the idea of truth, that through the medium you should be able to change things. I think that’s why journos do what they do. If you break a story, especially something that’s going to affect the country, that pops the lid, it does change things.”
Cormack is a new addition to the series as a maverick Independent MP. It’s through her that Harriet becomes aware of some dastardly dealings, which implicate the military.
“[The series] does show what’s possible, that sometimes the most unexpected things can happen. Skulduggery can happen right under your nose and you don’t realise it,” says Weaver.
Also joining the cast is Logie Award-winning actor Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl, Cleverman), and Sacha Horler and Marcus Graham have also been confirmed to be returning to their roles.
Shooting is expected to begin in Canberra and Sydney this week. And there’s plenty of talent behind the cameras. This series has been written by Matt Cameron (writer/co-producer/creator of Sunshine and Jack Irish) and Belinda Chayko (showrunner/writer of Safe Harbour and story producer/writer of Barracuda), who both wrote for the first series, as well as playwright Angela Betzien (Eggs, The Hanging) and Elise McCredie (Sunshine, Nowhere Boys). Directing duties will be handled by Tony Krawitz (The Kettering Incident, Devil’s Playground) and Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Broadchurch).
Also, political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis – whose novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code were adapted for the first season – are onboard as story consultants.
Stephen Corvini (Safe Harbour, Hyde and Seek) will produce the series. Executive producers are Foxtel’s head of drama Penny Win and drama development executive Carly Heaton, Penny Chapman from Matchbox Pictures and the series showrunner Matt Cameron.
“This new story is absolutely captivating, with twists and turns that will keep audiences both guessing and riveted,” says Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television.
SECRET CITY: UNDER THE EAGLE will air on showcase in 2018.
Netflix has released the first teaser to Mindhunter. Based on the book by the same name and directed by David Fincher, the show is set for release in October. Watch it below:
New Interview with Anna where she talks Secret City, Mindhunter and taking a break. Also, a new photoshoot with a brunette Anna! She looks gorgeous! Below are scans, the photoshoot and the article. Thanks Luciana.
In any upscale restaurant around Los Angeles, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a celebrity, even if most of them are hidden in the back corner. But not only does Australian actor Anna Torv choose a sunlit front patio table at popular hotspot Goldie’s for our interview, her accent prompts a gushing reaction from our over-the-top waiter. “We have an Australian actress who comes in here all the time, but I can’t remember her name!” he brags.
Torv has agreed to meet me for lunch at the hip restaurant owned by the trio of Aussies who are also behind the West Hollywood favourite Eveleigh, and she’s excited to talk about her starring role in the new Foxtel series, Secret City. But she’s far too modest to play the “Don’t you know who I am?” game and just smiles with polite curiosity as the waiter hurries off to figure out whose name he should be dropping.
With the kind of ethereal beauty and talent that have earned her comparisons with fellow NIDA graduate Cate Blanchett, Torv is so far best known for her long-running role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox sci-fi drama Fringe, which ended in 2013. Yet as we sit at a street-facing table that flanks a verdant living wall of plants, Torv insists fame was never a priority.
“Sometimes I still get recognised,” she says with a tinge of embarrassment. “It used to happen the day after the show had aired and somebody would be really excited to see me, but now it’s maybe just the occasional double-take.”
THE HIGHLY anticipated political thriller series Secret City – starring Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv, Alan Dale and Dan Wyllie – will premiere Sunday June 5 at 8.30pm on showcase.
Filmed in Parliament House and locations across Canberra and Sydney, Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.
Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian.
Foxtel Insider caught up with three stars from the series, Anna Torv, Marcus Graham and The Walking Dead’s Benedict Samuel to see hoe much they could discloes about this great series.
INSIDER: There’s a lot of expectation about the series and the books that it is based on.
ANNA: Secret City is inspired by the books. There was a big push to emphasis the thriller element from the books, which were a lot lighter in tone.
Steve Lewis is a really respected journalist as well.
MARCUS: He carries a lot of clout too. There was one point where he got in touch with a representative from ASIO and opened a few doors that were rare to enter through. It was quite extraordinary.
ANNA: We did all those scenes in the Prime Minister’s courtyard too.
INSIDER: How does that feel as an actor to be able to access these kinds of places?
MARCUS: Wherever you go you’re with a film crew that kind of take over. But actually in Parliament House, that didn’t really happen. I think everyone was kind of enamoured by the place. Everyone was really polite and quiet. And perhaps feeling like they were being watched all the time.
ANNA: We were. You couldn’t even go to the bathroom without somebody with you.
MARCUS: Just seeing some of these politicians going about their daily business was really interesting. Filming outside of what was then Tony Abbott’s office where those flags are, was a mixture of strangeness, which was really interesting.
ANNA: Getting an insight into the members of the press that actually work at Parliament House and the fact that they can run straight from a media conference to their office was really fascinating. Going from this order of calm at the conference to this chaos in the office of people running around saying, “I’ve just got this!’
INSIDER: Foxtel is establishing a name for hard-hitting, great dramas. What will differentiate this show from others that are out there?
BENEDICT: The style and drama that has been delivered has established a great drive in this series. It’s been a great cast to work with and collaborated with telling a story in an area that hasn’t really been broached before and the way in which it is shot too is a token of the quality that the show has set out to achieve, which makes it stand out too.
Secret City airs Sunday nights at 8.30pm from June 5 on Foxtel’s showcase channel.
Following the premiere broadcast each week, Secret City will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.
Via TVLine.com comes the news of a NEW TV Show for Anna! I’m so excited!
Former Fringe detective Anna Torv will be hunting down real-life monsters as the female lead in Mindhunter, David Fincher’s forthcoming Netflix series based on the 1996 nonfiction bestseller Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, TVLine has learned.
The book, written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, chronicled Douglas’ pursuit of some of the most notorious serial killers and rapists. Little is known about Torv’s role, save for the fact that she’ll be playing a psychologist.
Reps for Netflix and Torv declined to comment for this story.
Torv is the second actor to join the Mindhunter ensemble; as TVLine reported on Monday, Looking star Jonathan Groff has also signed on to the project in a top-secret role.
Fincher will direct the Mindhunter premiere and serve as an EP with Charlize Theron.
Foxtel’s female revolution is here with a host of Australia’s leading ladies at the heart of 2016 schedule
THE female revolution will be televised — with Foxtel supercharging its 2016 programming launch with some of Australia’s most talented leading ladies at the heart of next year’s schedule.
AACTA nominee Sigrid Thornton joined her new Wentworth co-star Danielle Cormack in celebrating the growing opportunities for female actors on the local small screen.
Thornton, who recently won acclaim as Judy Garland in Seven’s Peter Allen telemovie, will guest star as inmate, cosmetics business owner and socialite Sonia Stevens.
The special appearance marks Thornton’s return to the prison drama, after she starred in 26 episodes of the original Prisoner series playing a teenage murderer — just before her breakthrough film role in George Miller’s The Man from Snowy River.
While keeping tight-lipped about her character’s storyline, she admitted she was “confronted with the intensity of the show and it’s also quite violent at times.”
Embracing her return to TV, she said it was vibrant time for women in the industry.
“We are following a global trend that does seem to be introducing a lot more strong female characters into the mix with television,” the 56-year-old Thornton said.”
“The Danes are doing it, the Americans are doing it very well. Women of different age groups as well, and that’s a really healthy thing to see because it reflects our society as it is.”
She will continue filming her Wentworth role next week, after recently completing the production of the second season of the ABC’s thriller, The Code.
Foxtel’s drama slate next year will also include Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv leading an all-star ensemble in Secret City (Showcase channel); returning favourite A Place To Call Home (starring Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst); while the much-anticipated event series, The Kettering Incident, featuring Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez is expected to air in early 2016.
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Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Our growing commitment to producing exclusive homemade signature programming for our subscribers will continue in 2016, with more Australian original series than ever before. Our significant investment in acquisitions will also continue giving Foxtel viewers the biggest array of overseas series available in Australia.”