Anna Torv reveals why Harriet is so motivated to expose the latest corruption that lurks within Canberra’s political heart…
“We don’t hear about a lot of what happens, behind those doors [in politics). Harriet is grounded in reality, she isn’t used to what is thrown on her [so] it’s really scary for her and out of the norm. She is a reference point for the audience. That’s what investigative journalists are, they are absolutely true-seekers and it’s not just about getting a story; they’re truthseekers in every aspect of their life. If they hear something that just doesn’t make sense to them they can’t help but question that and then dig a little deeper. I think that is the spirit of true investigative journalism, and of Harriet.”
Credit: Soap World May 2019
Australian political thriller Secret City might be a fictional tale with no shortage of murder, corruption and secret deals, but star Anna Torv doesn’t think the twisted stories in the series are really that far from the truth.
Based on the novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Nine News political editor Chris Uhlmann and journalist Steve Lewis, Secret City, explores the seedier side of the nation’s capital and the deals that happen in the corridors of Parliament House and the shady dealings of our security services.
In the new season, Secret City: Under the Eagle, Torv stars alongside Jacki Weaver, who plays Attorney-General Catriona Bailey, Danielle Cormack as MP Karen Koutoufides, and Don Hany as Prime Minister Ewan Garrity.
It’s easy to write off all of the intriguing elements in the series as pure fiction, but Torv, 39, who plays maverick reporter Harriet Dunkley in the Foxtel series, isn’t so sure.
“I think it’s incredibly close — I don’t think it’s way out at all,” she tells Watch. “And that’s not me being a conspiracy theorist, I just think we’re inundated with so much stuff now that you don’t have to dig very far to start to see the tangles underneath the surface.”