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.”
In a farewell address to the nation one US president warned of the potential rise of misplaced power and the unwarranted influence of the country’s military-industrial complex.
That speech – which also cautioned against squandering the US’s precious natural resources – inspired the basic premise of the sequel to Foxtel’s Secret City, which starts shooting in Canberra later this week.
MADPAC interviews Mindhunter’s Anna Torv
Netflix keeps working on adding addictive series online. Their latest is Mindhunter by David Fincher (Se7en, House of Cards, Gone Girl) which feeds our fascination with serial killers. The series is about the early days of the FBI profiling unit where research was done into the motives and backgrounds of serial killers. Leading roles are two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) and psychology professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). We spoke exclusively with the Australian Torv (38) about the new Netflix hit.
Anna Torv is featured alongside Kathy Bates, Cindy Holland, and Logan Browning in the 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine!
Credit: The Hollywood Reporter
The 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will announce its TV nominations on January 4th. Winners will be announced on January 27th. Mindhunter will be contending for production awards in the “One Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series” category.
The Art Directors Guild has released a Mindhunter Design Presentation featuring 38 new production stills from the series. Check out our gallery HERE to view the complete set!
Credit: Art Directors Guild, Steve Arnold
Credit: Art Directors Guild
Anna Torv: The great discovery of ‘Mindhunter’
The actress intends to understand how the mind of a serial killer works in one of this season’s revelatory series.
Charles Manson’s death in prison this week has brought the spotlight back to this magnetic figure among serial killers, precisely the profile around which Mindhunter revolves, the latest from David Fincher (the director of Seven, Fight Club and Gone Girl). “This attraction to serial killers is nothing new,” Anna Torv, one of the protagonists of the Netflix series, explains to ‘Grazia’ from Los Angeles, “figures like vampires and werewolves have created an entire mythology around these types of crimes for a long time.”
However, if serial killers are a recurring element in crime shows and movies, don’t expect the typical uses here. In Mindhunter they speak about serial killers but there is no action, nor blood, nor crimes or victims on the screen. There are only photographs of the homicides. And with this it is more than enough for Fincher and the three main actors, Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv, to keep you on the edge of your seats episode after episode, in a spine-chilling environment, but definitely fascinating.
Anna Torv: “Serial Killers are real, not monsters that live under the bed”
The actress stars in “Mindhunter”, a show that explores the origins of applied criminal psychology.
Television and cinema have given shelter to some of the most perverse minds of humanity. Stories about serial killers, mobsters or criminals of any kind have fascinated current viewers as crime novels and noir did at the end of the 19th century. Various numbers of fans of shows like ‘C.S.I’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Law & Order’ know professional terms such as ‘crime scene’ or ‘profiling’.
But everything has an origin. “Mindhunter”, the latest Netflix phenomenon, travels to the late seventies to discover how psychology began to be applied to criminal investigations. At a time when everything was yet to be discovered (such a common term today like ‘serial killer’ didn’t exist back then and investigators invented ‘sequence killers’) two FBI agents decided to think ‘outside the box’ and search for new police methods. They were advised by the researcher Ann Wolbert Burgess, to whom the actress Anna Torv gives life. The actress, who is under David Fincher’s command in this production, spoke to ABC about the show and how digital platforms have ‘radically’ changed how we watch TV today.
Anna Torv attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle’s Golden Globe party at Catch LA on November 15th. The night kicked off awards season as we count down towards the 75th Golden Globe Awards which will take place on January 7th, 2018!
Credit: HFPA, David Keough
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