The first series of Total Control – a standout success, embraced by critics and audiences alike – saw political newcomer Alex Irving engineering a remarkable coup, unseating the prime minister and the woman who betrayed her, Rachel Anderson.
But now Alex faces the ultimate test in a democratic system: the nation is going to the polls and she will have to face the judgement of the people.
Alex’s passionate determination to make things better for her people appears doomed to failure. She turns her back on the entrenched ways of doing politics and declares she’ll stand for her home electorate as an Independent.
As the pressure on Alex intensifies, she will have to make a choice, between her own integrity and her increasingly desperate and dangerous ambition.
Far from home, Alex Irving faces the reality of her alliance with the opposition and begins to question her future in the party. Still reeling from the leadership spill, Rachel Anderson plans her next move.
Alex returns home, determined to get her grassroots campaign off the ground. Rachel makes a surprise announcement that sees her facing off with Alex on live television. After the show, Rachel makes Alex an interesting offer.
Alex's success on the campaign trail has caught the attention of popular incumbent Jack Ramsay and he's not going down without a fight. Rachel's bid for re-election gets a boost when she attends a rival's campaign event.
It's the day of the election - Alex and her team make a final push to win over the voters of Freeman, but a family emergency sends the campaign into chaos. With Alex's chances dashed, Rachel takes matters into her own hands.
The high stakes horse-trading begins in Canberra as Alex and a small group of Independents meet to decide the future of the nation. With bigger threats looming, Alex and Rachel will need to find a way to trust each other.
Alex is on the cusp of rewriting history when the forces of violence and reaction make one last bloody attempt to stop her.
- Deborah Mailman - Alex Irving
Rachel Griffiths - Rachel Anderson
Alex Dimitriades - strategist Nick Pearce
Rob Collins - Alex' brother Charlie
Steph Tisdell (her first dramatic role)
Wayne Blair (who also directs all six episodes)
Rob Carlton Dimitriades
- Release dates
- 7 November 2021 - Australia (on ABC)
- MA 15+ - Mature accompanied
- Blackfella Films
Total Control Series 2 was filmed in Canberra, Sydney and regional Queensland.
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Other films by Wayne Blair & Rachel Perkins
- 1993Freedom Ride – Blood Brothers
- 2001One Night The Moon
- 2004The Djarn Djarns
- 2008First Australians
- 2010Bran Nue Dae (Brand new day)
- 2012Redfern Now (Series 1)
- 2012The Sapphires
- 2013Redfern Now (Series 2)
- 2013The Gods of Wheat Street
- 2014First Contact
- 2014Black Panther Woman
- 2015Promise Me
- 2015Septembers of Shiraz
- 2016First Contact (Season 2)
- 2016Cleverman Season 1
- 2017Jasper Jones
- 2017Cleverman Season 2
- 2018Mystery Road (TV series, Season 1)
- 2019Top End Wedding
- 2019Total Control (Series 1)
- 2020Mystery Road (TV series, Season 2)
- 2021First Wars
- 2021Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra
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