Secrets and Spies: an interview with Pine Gap’s Felicity Packard

The writer and producer on the ABC/Netflix's spy thriller talks about trust, working with Greg Haddrick, and imagining conflict inside the walls of the super-secretive military base.
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Set the controls for the end of the world. L-R: Pine Gap creators Greg Haddrick and Felicity Packard, with producer Lisa Scott. Photo: Lisa Tomasetti.

Living in Canberra for much of her life, Felicity Packard has seen up close what secrets can do to a person. ‘Over the years I’ve known many people who’ve joined DFAT or the Australian Signals Directorate or ASIO,’ she says, talking a mile a minute on the phone to Screenhub. ‘I’ve seen how those people change because they just can’t talk about what they do anymore. I’ve lost friends because of it, and I’m very interested in what that kind of professional secrecy can do to your intimacy, your social world and your psyche.’

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is 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