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Secret City Begins Filming!

Foxtel will start shooting Anna Torv’s six-part mini-series “Secret City” this week in Canberra!   Below are 4 HQ “Secret City” promotional images featuring Anna Torv and co-stars Dan Wyllie and Alex Dimitriades. “Secret City” reunites Anna Torv and Alex Dimitriades, who previously played love interests in “Young Lions” (2002).


The Sunday Telegraph has published an insightful interview with Anna on her new role as senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley.

The Mandarin Code and Marmalade Files authors, who drew inspiration for both books from their careers in the Canberra press corps, secreted Torv into federal parliament on a research mission last week — ahead of her role as print political writer Harriet “Harry” Dunkley.

Describing the gallery tour as “a fantastically, amazing afternoon,” the brief experience inside Canberra’s answer to Capitol Hill only acted to thrill the 36-year-old more about her homecoming.

“I felt so naughty (sneaking in) but I was with Chris and he’s not going to get in trouble,” she trilled of her ABC adviser, “he’s been around.”

Admitting she’s been immersing herself back into the finer points of Australian politics since returning from her LA base last month, she sought some extra tips from two unnamed female press gallery regulars she confided would help inform her role.

“I got to speak to two amazing women and for sure I am going to draw a lot of (Harriet) from them.”

According to production notes, Torv is central to the storyline which opens “amid rising tension between China and America … journalist Harriet Dunkley (Torv) will uncover a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger — including her own.” Torv said Dunkley was “just a dream role. You always want to play someone who is smarter than you.”

Source: The Sunday Telegraph

The Daughter Press Book

Venice Days has released a press book for “The Daughter” complete with a few brief quotes from Anna Torv on Simon Stone along with her character Anna.

ANNA TORV – ‘ A n n a ’

Anna Torv is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In the U.S. she has become a household name as the female lead “Olivia” in JJ Abrams’ critically acclaimed television series Fringe. In recognition of her performance, Anna was honoured with several Teen Choice Award nominations, two Saturn Awards for Best Actress, and a Broadcast Critics nomination for Best Actress Drama, among others. Anna’s other international television credits include The Pacific, Mistresses and Frankenstein, and in Australia The Secret Life Of Us, Young Lions and McLeod’s Daughters. In 2014, Anna filmed the role of ‘Gwendoline Churchill’ in director Michael Rymer’s much anticipated mini-­‐ series Deadline Gallipoli produced by Matchbox Pictures. Anna’s feature film credits include Travelling Light, The Book of Revelation, and Love Is Now.

In theatre, Anna played Anya in The Cherry Orchard, directed by Howard Davies for Sydney Theatre Company, Hamlet’s ‘Ophelia’ for the Bell Shakespeare Company and the role of ‘Amelia’ in The Credeaux Canvas. Anna is currently in production in the U.S. on the feature film Stephanie, directed by Akiva Goldsman.

“Anna is about to marry Henry (Christian’sfather), that’s the reason Christian return shome, putting the carnage into motion. Henry and Anna have an honest and intimate relationship.” -­Anna Torv on her character Anna.

“He takes these really classic fantastic stories with awesome plots and makes them mean something today. He makes them current.” -­‐Anna Torv on director Simon Stone.

“Simon’s really articulate and he has a background as an actor and he’s been directing theatre and is used to being in charge. He knows what he wants. He’s happy to try different things. He thinks on the fly, but his directions are really applicable and also you can play them.” -­‐Anna Torv on director Simon Stone.


The Daughter gets its first still featuring Anna Torv as it gears up for an international release!

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival has announced its title selection for its Venice Days section. The section will feature three Australian films including Simon Stone’s The Daughter. The Daughter will be playing out-of-competition and will close Venice Days on September 5th.

The Daughter will make its debut in North America as a Special Presentation film at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14-15th.

CinéfestOZ Finalist

Anna Torv’s The Daughter has been selected as one of five finalists in contention for the CinéfestOZ $100K Film Prize! This is Australia’s biggest film prize, which will be announced at the CinéfestOZ Festival on Saturday, August 29th.

The Daughter will have its Western Australian premiere at the festival. The film will be screened at Orana Cinemas Busselton at 5:30pm on Friday, August 28th. Tickets can be purchased at the official website for CinéfestOZ.

The Daughter Melbourne Premiere

The Melbourne International Film Festival will be screening The Daughter at Forum Theatre at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 1st. The Daughter will also be screening at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6:30pm on Sunday, August 9th. Odessa Young and Ewan Leslie will be attending MIFF as guests. Tickets can be purchased at the MIFF 2015 website.

Anna Torv set for lead role in FOXTEL’s Secret City

Anna Torv had landed a lead role in FOXTEL’s six-part miniseries “Secret City”! Anna will be playing senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley. Amidst rising tension between China and America, Harriet pursues a long-buried and exposing secret, leading to assassination attempts, suicide and murder. Beneath the placid façade of Canberra, she uncovers a ‘secret city’ of high-level Australians corrupted by the competing super-powers.

“Secret City” is based off the novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. The miniseries will be executive produced by Penny Chapman. Anna Torv will star along side Dan Wyllie and Damon Herriman. Filming begins in August and the miniseries is expected to premiere on Showcase in March of 2016.

Get set for a major increase in Australian television content, after Foxtel pledged to double its investment in new locally made shows over the next three years. In a boost for the industry, the subscription TV provider will significantly up its acquisition of original scripted, factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming by 2018. Specifically, Foxtel will expand its already successful drama slate to at least five major series each year, a big lift from the current average of two.

Just one of those new shows will be 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 2016. As well as expanding its local drama offering, Foxtel has pledged to commission at least nine new premium entertainment and six new documentary series each year. The budget for factual programming will also triple. An investment of this level in local talent is unsurpassed in the subscription space, Foxtel chief executive officer Richard Freudenstein said. “Foxtel has been a proud producer of local content across all genres, from the best in local drama and comedy to premium documentaries and reality programming,” he said. “We’re looking forward to unveiling the fruits of our investments over the next few months.” Its major focus on Australian shows in recent times has resulted in countless ratings success stories, as well as critical acclaim, for shows like the global hit Wentworth.

Screen Producers Australia chief executive Matthew Deaner welcomed the announcement. “This commitment from Foxtel is very good news for Australian screen producers and for Australian audiences,” Mr Deaner said in a statement. “The investment by Foxtel into scripted content and factual programming by 2018 will, in particular, will provide a significant boost domestic production levels.” The local drama slate will soon expand with the highly anticipated revival of A Place To Call Home and new series The Kettering Incident. Its reality offerings, such as Australia’s Next Top Model and Selling Houses Australia, are also solid performers.

Source: Herald Sun