Outstanding directing by female director, Rachel Perkins; written by females and Oscar worthy acting from the indigenous black actress, Deborah Mailman, ( 7 time awarded veteran) actress, who is the scene-stealing unlikely star as the underdog who will emotionally steal your heart, in this political thriller with contradictions and surprises galore. A delightful triumph of inspiration and #womenempowerment.
On March 1, 2022, #WE announced its first ever TV award to this multi-episodic hit, "Total Control", the Sundance Now Festival series airing on Roku , produced by ABC. Originally titled, Black Bitch", it was renamed to " Total Control" ,after a social media backlash.
#WE is lauding the series as the very best in current TV/ film production, heralding and showcasing empowerment. It has all the elements to keep you glued to the screen; espionage, triumph, betrayal, intrigue, drama, comedy, sex, politics, and ever-twisting plots to keep you both laughing and crying. It is inspirational. It is touching. It is vulnerable. It is riveting writing with genius directing and Oscar-worthy acting performances.
It has its celebratory " Rocky-esque" moments that had this writer jumping to his feet cheering the underdog lead character , ( Deborah Mailman) on, in her inspiring victory statements and unexpected spouts of bravery.
The lead cast is mostly women , including a female Prime Minister, a female senator and a support staff of female House Representatives, in a male dominated political world.
Deborah Mailman plays an unexpected scene stealing Oscar worthy performance sure to steal your heart, keep you mesmerized, and made to inspire you and empower all who watch.
#WE gives it a 5 out of 5 empowerment stars, for both Season 1 and Season 2.