Months after securing a U.S. deal with the AMC owned streaming service Sundance Now, DRG has secured further pre-sales for The Cry with a range of international broadcasters.
The four-part BBC One drama starring Jenna Coleman (Victoria) and Ewen Leslie (Top Of The Lake) has been sold to M6 in France, TV2 in Norway, C More (TV4) in Sweden, Canal Plus in Poland, TVNZ in New Zealand, NPO in the Netherlands, and BBC Worldwide for its channels in Benelux, the Middle East and Africa.
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. The show recently premiered as the UK’s second biggest drama launch of 2018, with a consolidated audience of 7.3 million viewers.
“The strength of a brilliant script based on a best-selling novel, top-notch casting and talented crew succeeded in helping us secure these excellent pre-sales for The Cry ahead of it being completed”, said Elin Thomas, DRG’s Executive Vice-President of Sales. “Now the series is on air we are confidant that its riveting storyline and incredible production values – plus the widespread positive reviews and excellent ratings – will generate a whole new wave of interest and it will be much in demand at MIPCOM this week.”
While Claire Mundell, Executive Producer and Founder/Creative Director of Synchronicity Films, added: “While The Cry was filmed in Australia and Scotland the issues that it deals with are universal – and recognisable by anyone that’s ever had a child. We are thrilled to see our series continue its international journey with these pre-sales and are excited to attend MIPCOM to see the reception it gets from buyers in Cannes.”