Huntsman, a former SAS soldier and the latest recruit of the ASIO, is not used to the bureaucracy and office politics. Through his eyes, follow the inner workings of a secret agency that is otherwise unknown to the public. Created by Danny McGinlay, in Melbourne, this comedy web series puts a twist on the usually romanticized world of secret agents.

How did you research a show based on an agency that is so secretive?
I’d tell you but then I’d be put on a terror threat list. 

What (and/or who) inspired your series?
My own life of working in show business. I can have hundreds of people laughing and applauding me in a comedy club, then within the hour I’m at home changing my kid’s dirty nappy just like everyone else.  I enjoy the idea vs reality concept. Two of the greatest Australian comedies were about this: Frontline and The Games. They were both big inspirations.

Please tell us a quirky and/or interesting fact about yourself or team that’s unrelated to your web series?
Damian Callinan [who plays The ASIO Director General] is so often mistaken for Wolf Creek star John Jarratt that when we did a play together, one reviewer commented on how strange it was that John Jarratt filled in for Damian Callinan on the night of the review but it was never mentioned.

Is there a magic formula for a successful web series?
Yep. Be as good as The Katering Show or Aunty Donna.

What’s special or different about your series?
In the future, historians will regard Shadow Factory as the main reason behind curing Climate Change.

Is your series an ongoing project? If so can you give us some clues about what comes next?
We’d love to make it a full series. Anyone wanna fund it?

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