Rebecca Gibney stars in and produces the TV series Winter.
Rebecca Gibney stars in and produces the TV series Winter. Channel 7

Rebecca Gibney takes you behind the scenes of Winter

REBECCA Gibney is the master of her own destiny.

Australian TV's golden girl, loved for playing mum Julie Rafter on Packed to the Rafters, calls the shots on her crime thriller Winter.

Gibney's resolute Detective Sergeant Eve Winter now has her own full-length series after first debuting in the hit telemovie The Killing Field last year.

 "She's a woman in her late 40s, she's not married and she doesn't have children," Gibney tells APN.

"The money she has earned she's put into her home. The sad thing about Eve is she doesn't even have a cat. She's wedded to the job. Her life is the job."

The Gold Logie winner compares the TV series, on which she is a co-producer, to one of her children.

"It's like having a baby," she says. "One of the other creative producers and I were away together in America talking about the series and the ideas and what we wanted to achieve and now 12 months later here we are."

Sara West and Rebecca Gibney in a scene from Winter.
Sara West and Rebecca Gibney in a scene from Winter. Channel 7

Coincidentally, her son Zac Bell has a small role on the show. Gibney exempted herself from his audition, but the 10-year-old seems to have inherited the acting gene, and impressed the show's other producers and directors.

Winter sees Eve and her taskforce, including the returning Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie (Peter O'Brien), investigating the murder of a young mother.

"The Killing Field was a whodunit and we had to wrap it all up in 90 minutes," Gibney says.

"In this series you're getting to know the characters; you're going home with them. People are definitely tuning in for the whodunit element, but they're also tuning in to see the impact on the lead characters."

Footy player-turned-actor Matt Nable joins Gibney and O'Brien as a federal police officer whose case overlaps with Winter's murder investigation.

She describes Nable, who also currently stars in Channel 9's war epic Gallipoli, as the "man of the moment" in Australian TV.

Peter O'Brien, left, Rebecca Gibney and Matt Nable in a scene from the TV series Winter.
Peter O'Brien, left, Rebecca Gibney and Matt Nable in a scene from the TV series Winter. Channel 7

"The wonderful thing about Matt is he brings an air of mystery and danger," she says.

"You never quite know where his (character's) head's at. He was the perfect casting for the role. I look back and go 'there was no one else really'. Everyone loves him. He's the man of the moment."

Gibney had just one week between filming Winter and then stepping onto the set of the movie The Dressmaker.

"I'd finish a day shooting The Dressmaker and then I'd go back to my room to watch the edits (of Winter) and send my notes," she says.

"The lovely thing about doing The Dressmaker was all I had to do was learn my lines and show up. There's a great freedom to that. I love producing but it's obsessive and all-encompassing. God bless my family for sticking with me for that period of about six months."

Winter airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Channel 7.

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