Fringe star Anna Torv is one of three cast members announced for Foxtel’s new political thriller, Secret City.
Based on the novels, “The Marmalade Files” and “The Mandarin Code” by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, the cast also includes Damon Herriman and Dan Wyllie.
The six part miniseries, to begin filming in Canberra in August, is described as a high stakes political thriller set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal and will air on Showcase next March.
Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley (Torv) uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger – including her own.
Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “This new event mini-series is further commitment by Foxtel to explore bold and interesting ideas for the screen and commission unique Australian storytelling to complement the best of the international series which are on offer to our subscribers.
“Secret City is a high octane political thriller which introduces a new genre to our local drama portfolio and continues Foxtel’s successful relationship with Matchbox Pictures, which has recently seen both Deadline Gallipoli warmly received and the Devil’s Playground mini-series acknowledged with AACTA and TV Week Logie Awards wins. We keep looking for inspiring and intelligent scripts and we think we’ve found one again with Secret City.”
Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “We were excited at the opportunity to base a thriller on Steve and Chris’ books and they have been generous collaborators. We have all along wanted this to be a thriller that goes to the heart of Australia’s relations with the US and China and how that might impact on our domestic world. A challenge for us is that almost every time we come up with what we feel is a bold fictional story, real events seem to steal it!”
Last August the project was confirmed with writers Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy, Alice Addison, Tommy Murphy, Kris Mrksa and Greg Waters, and producer Joanna Werner (Dance Academy).
Foxtel also confirmed a new season of A Place to Call Home will launch on SoHo in September with The Kettering Incident to follow on Showcase.