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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: Foxtel

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.

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.

Kitchen queen Donna Hay returns to Foxtel with a new series, Donna Hay — Basics to Brilliance, for LifeStyle FOOD.
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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Secret City – First Footage

Posted by Annie on
October 20th, 2015

Australian Sky News has released some footage from the upcoming Australian mini-series “Secret City”, set to be released in 2016. Thanks annatorverse.com for the video.

First trailer for The Daughter

Posted by Annie on
October 20th, 2015

The first full trailer for The Daughter has been released, thanks annatorverse.com.

The Daugther is set to open in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has it’s first still. TIFF runs from September 10th to 20th. The movie is also set to premiere on Melbourne Film Festival on August 1st. More info and how to get tickets on their website: miff.com.au.

The movie also stars Geoffrey Rush, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill.


Synopsis:

A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.

Anna Torv to star in Secret City

Posted by Annie on
June 17th, 2015

So exciting!

Foxtel has acquired the rights for Secret City, a political thriller inspired by the best-selling novels of journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlman.

The six-part miniseries, announced by Foxtel on Tuesday night, will star Anna Torv, Dan Wyllie and Damon Herriman and is expected to hit screens in March 2016.

Shooting starts in August.

Anna Torv has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Madrid International Film Festival for Love is Now! Congratulations to Anna!

Love is Now has also been nominated for

Best Feature
Best Actor for Eamon Farren
Best Cinematographer for Tony Jennings
Best Producter for Behren Schulz

The Awards night for the Festival will be held on July 11th, you can buy tickets at their website.

Anna Torv Joins Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Stephanie’

Posted by Annie on
February 6th, 2015

Universal will distribute the horror-thriller, which is being produced by Blumhouse and Chapter One

“Fringe” star Anna Torv and “Extant’s” Shree Crooks (CBS’s Extant) are set to join Frank Grillo in director Akiva Goldsman‘s horror-thriller “Stephanie,” TheWrap has learned.

Universal will distribute the genre movie, which is being produced by Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One.

Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote the script, which was voted to the 2012 Blood List. Blum and Kaplan are producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle, while Nate Matteson, Eric Robinson and Bryan Bertino will serve as executive producers.

Shree will play Stephanie, who is abandoned by her parents in their remote home where a dark supernatural force looms in the background. When her mother (Torv) and father (Grillo) return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Goldsman has worked with Blumhouse before, having served as an executive producer on three “Paranormal Activity” sequels. He made his feature directorial debut last year with “Winter’s Tale.”

Torv starred on “Fringe” and recently filmed an HBO pilot with Ryan Murphy. The Australian actress will soon be seen alongside Geoffrey Rush in the indie drama “The Daughter.” She’s represented by WME, Conway van Gelder Grant in the U.K. and United Management in Australia.

Crooks plays the younger version of Tessa Ferrer’s characters on Halle Berry’s CBS series “Extant,” and she’ll soon be seen in Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” alongside Viggo Mortensen, Kathryn Hahn and Frank Langella. The young actress is repped by Coast to Coast Talent and Anonymous Content.

Source: TheWrap

Anna’s latest project “Love is Now“! Here’s the trailer. The movie is opening today in selected theaters across Australia. Their official website is loveisnowfilm.com

Love is Now, starring Australian actors Eamon Farren (Chained, Red Dog, Carlotta), Claire Van Der Boom (The Square, Red Hill, ‘Hawaii Five-0’) and Anna Torv (‘The Secret Life of Us’, ‘Fringe’) will be released in Australian cinemas nationwide on 4th December 2014

Showing support for Australian filmmaking talent, HOYTS Group is partnering with Eponine’s distribution arm Eponine Entertainment to release the film nationwide, negotiated through the film’s producer Behren Schulz.

Love is Now is the intriguing yet mysterious drama chronicling a summer of love for experienced photographer Audrey (Van Der Boom) and aspiring snapper Dean (Farren). Propelled by new love and Audrey’s free spirit, the couple embarks on a formative country adventure following the NSW Harvest Trail where they discover significantly more than they ever expected along the way.

Love is Now is written and directed by first time feature director Jim Lounsbury with producing partner Behren Schulz and the experienced hand of David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek, Rogue) as Line Producer.

The film features a host of Australian talent in supporting roles including Dustin Clare (‘Spartacus’, ‘McLeod’s Daughters’), Heather Mitchell (Muriel’s Wedding, The Great Gatsby), Chris Haywood (Shine, Jindabyne), Rhys Muldoon (‘House Husbands’, ‘Rake’) and 2013 Tropfest winner Matt Hardie, as well as Polish actor Lech Mackiewicz (The Pianist, ‘Marking Time’). Love is Now is also set to a soundtrack composed by Kram (Spiderbait).

Schulz says, “We’re really proud to be bringing Love is Now to Australian cinema audiences through HOYTS. Australian independent cinema can be challenging locally, however HOYTS continues to prove that they’re a leader when it comes to promoting home-grown talent, which is really refreshing. This film is a uniquely intriguing and mysterious drama, so we’re excited to see such a wide release this Christmas. We hope that audiences put their trust in something a bit different this year and support local.”

Damian Keogh, HOYTS Group CEO comments, “We want to encourage more Australians to support Australian cinema, and they can do this by watching Australian films. We know that Australian films do well internationally but often that’s not the case at home. In support of Australian cinema, HOYTS has collaborated innovatively with Eponine Entertainment to create a model for Love is Now so that audiences will get the opportunity to see a beautiful home-grown movie during December.”

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