Black B*tch renamed as Total Control

ABC political drama with Deborah Mailman & Rachel Griffiths gets an airdate, and a new name.

Anticipated upcoming ABC political drama series starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths now has an official title, Total Control.

It was previously announced with the working title Black B*tch, which was its title at a world premiere screening at at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.

Head of ABC Indigenous Kelrick Martin says, “Deborah Mailman absolutely shines in her leading role. With brilliant performances from the stellar cast and a cracking storyline, we hope this series is embraced by Australians all over the country. The series title Total Control, aptly describes our protagonist’s fight for power over her life and politics.”

It will premiere on ABC Sunday in mid-October.


Made by Blackfella Films, the television event, Total Control is a story of high stakes ambition, betrayal and treachery, playing out in the nation’s capital and stars two of Australia’s favourite actors, multi-award-winning Deborah Mailman and the internationally acclaimed Rachel Griffiths.

Total Control also features an impressive ensemble cast including: Harry Richardson (Poldark, Dr Thorne), William McInnes (Deep Water, Rake), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish), Rob Collins (Secret City: Under The Eagle, Cleverman), Anthony Hayes (The Light Between Oceans, The Slap), Celia Ireland (Wentworth), Trisha Morton-Thomas (Redfern Now, 8MMM), English actor Huw Higginson (Secret City, Janet King) and introducing Shantae Barnes Cowan.

Production Credit: Total Control is a Blackfella Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Create NSW with Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra. Director Rachel Perkins. Producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. Executive Producer Rachel Griffiths. Script Producer Stuart Page. ABC Executive Producers Kelrick Martin and Sally Riley.

Sunday 13th October at 8.30pm on ABC.

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      1. … except that’s all fine and dandy for someone writing about the program, but as someone pointed out a few days ago, how do you do it as a voiceover without being offensive to probably the majority of its potential audience?

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