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Media Release: Winton to shine in Total Control

G.Deborah Mailman as ALEX & Rachel Griffiths as RACHEL - Total Control

ABC’s must-see drama Total Control, starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths, will air on Sunday 13 October 8.30pm, where the Queensland town of Winton will also take centre stage as one of the key locations used in this highly anticipated six-part series.

Screen Queensland (SQ) invested in the Blackfella Films production for the ABC along with Screen Australia, ABC, Create NSW and Screen Canberra.

Jo Dillon, Acting CEO SQ, said SQ was proud to be part of this ground-breaking political drama which was delivering economic, employment and tourism outcomes for Queensland.

Total Control is an exciting series that will get people talking in homes around Australia.

“The series showcases the remarkable landscapes and locations of the iconic regional town of Winton to national and global audiences who will be inspired to head to Central West Queensland in the Premier’s Year of Outback Tourism,” said Ms Dillon.

Total Control is estimated to have directly injected more than $1 million into the local economy, employed 35 Queenslanders and provided a training opportunity for Far North Queensland screen industry practitioner Sio Tusa as Assistant Director.

The series was successfully launched at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and is a story of high stakes, ambition, betrayal and treachery, playing out in the nation’s capital.

When Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman, is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific event, Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) sees a publicity goldmine for her party. In a bold power play, she handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a political stunt: she wants to make a difference. So when the Prime Minister’s cynical calculations betray her, Alex sets out to settle the score that will send the political establishment into meltdown.

Watch this trailer for a first look at the series. http://youtu.be/8MgbexFkd9E

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, International distributor is Keshet International, working alongside Endeavor Content in the US.


For Screen Queensland interviews please contact: Bronwyn Fardon| Manager Strategic Communications and Policy| 3248 0535 | bfardon@screenqld.com.au

For ABC interviews please contact: Yasmin Kentera | ABC TV Publicity |0418 812 071 kentera.yasmin@abc.net.au