Rena Owen (Helen Hawkins) will be Grace, the operator of a community drop-in centre, in THE GLOAMING, an eight-episode series about Police Detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth), who joins forces with a co-worker and former lover (with whom she has not spoken in twenty years) in an attempt to solve the murder of an unidentified woman. The investigation soon exposes a convoluted mix of political corruption and occult practices. In a press release, creator and showrunner Vicki Madden said: “To have the opportunity once again to create a series based in Tasmania is a great privilege. Its gothic landscape and haunted past have inspired me since I was a child.” THE GLOAMING is currently filming in and around Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. It will premiere on the Stan streaming service in Australia later this year.
Owen is also Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, a film about the struggles of Seth (Josh McConville), the lone survivor of a disastrous military mission in Myanmar. In an interview in My Devotional Thoughts, Owen talked about her character, Pennyshaw: “The role was originally written for a man,” she said. “I loved playing this role. Very different from Helen. Very military and poker-faced. I think it’s very interesting to play a character that is quite emotionally removed and emotionally detached. And I love being in uniform. I found the uniforms to be very sexy.” ESCAPE AND EVASION premiered earlier this month at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.
David Cubitt (Ted Pownall) is Agent John Spivey in AMERICAN WOMAN, a film by Semi Chellas about some of the events that followed the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974. The story is told from the point of view of political activist Jenny Shimada (played by Hong Chau), herself a fugitive living off the grid, who agrees to care for Hearst (Sarah Gadon) and two other fugitives on the run from the American government. (Susan Choi’s 2003 novel, “American Woman” is also about Jenny Shimada and her relationship to the Hearst kidnapping, but does not seem to be connected to the film.) AMERICAN WOMAN will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The first of three screenings will be Sunday 28 April at 4:30pm at SVA Theatre 2 Beatrice.
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Elaine Pownall) will be Tilly in two episodes of THE 100. Her first appearance will be in Season 6 Episode 2 titled “Red Sun Rising”, in which those on the ground fight to survive on the new planet, and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) forms an unlikely alliance in an effort to save everyone on the Mothership. There are two suns in the sky of the new planet, and the Season Six trailer makes mention of a condition called “eclipse psychosis” (which brings to mind “Nightfall“, a 1941 Isaac Asimov novellete about a civilization that has never seen the night sky.) Season Six of THE 100 will premiere on 30 April at 9/8c on the CW.