News in Brief: Cameras roll on Total Control 2 while US version gets piloted

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Cameras are rolling on Series 2 of the critically acclaimed ABC and Blackfella Films political thriller Total Control. Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths are stepping back into their award-winning roles as women navigating the corridors of power, with Wayne Blair joining the cast as well as directing all six episodes. Filming is taking place in Sydney, Canberra and Broken Hill.

This season sees Alex (Mailman) running as an Independent, and coming up against the dirty tactics and well-financed machinery of the major parties. Can she survive Australia’s political system with her hands clean and her values intact?

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk