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.”
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