The Cry is crossing the pond. International distributor DRG has pre-sold The Cry, BBC One’s upcoming Scotland-set four-part drama starring Jenna Coleman (Victoria) and Ewen Leslie (Top Of The Lake), to AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now in the United States.
Based on the novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald, The Cry chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, and explores the myths and truths of motherhood. The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman – Joanna (Coleman) – as she and her husband, Alistair (Leslie), deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives.
The four-part drama is being produced by Scottish-based production company Synchronicity Films and was adapted for television by Jacquelin Perske. Australian public broadcaster ABC is co-producing. The director is Glendyn Ivin, while Brian Kaczynski is the series producer. The executive producers are Claire Mundell and Gaynor Holmes for Synchronicity Films and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC. “We couldn’t be more excited to find a U.S. home for The Cry than with Sundance Now”, Mundell said. “It just feels like the perfect fit for our show, and the series will be in good company alongside the kind of high quality, distinctive programming the Sundance brand is known and loved for around the world.”
While DRG’s Executive Vice-President of Sales Elin Thomas, who concluded the deal with Sundance Now, added: “From day one The Cry has succeeded in attracting a great deal of interest. Synchronicity’s vision for the book and high-profile lead cast allowed us to bring ABC in as a co-production partner early on and these same factors – now coupled with beautifully shot footage – are generating extensive pre-sale conversations. We are delighted to be partnering with Sundance Now as it will provide the perfect U.S. home for this riveting and intelligent drama.”