Upcoming four-part drama Lambs of God will have its world premiere in Official Competition at the Series Mania festival in Lille, France next month.
It is the only Australian title in competition this year.
It will compete with international titles including Chimerica, Eden, Twin, The Virtues, Baghdad Central, Identification, Chambers and Mytho. The Cry will also screen but not in competition.
Produced by Lingo Pictures in association with Endemol Shine Australia Lambs of God is a four-part series adapted for the screen by Sarah Lambert (Love Child, A Place to Call Home, Love My Way), and directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Riot, Super Fun Night, Rake). It stars Ann Dowd, Essie Davis, Jessica Barden and Sam Reid.
Lingo producer Jason Stephen said, “Helen (Bowden) and I are immensely proud for Lambs of God to premiere at such a brilliant showcase for exceptional television. Making this unlikely thriller has been a joy. We can’t thank Foxtel enough for being bold enough to commission it, and our cast and crew for committing so profoundly to this strange world, these unusual characters and the timely ideas at the heart of the story.”
Executive Producer and Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win said “Lambs of God is a magnificent addition to our strong and diverse local drama line up. Lingo has assembled an incredible cast and creative team who have delivered a world class series that is unlike anything else on Australian television.”
It will premiere on Foxtel in mid-2019.
Lambs of God is a gothic and gripping tale about three nuns, each a generation apart, living on an isolated island. Based on the captivating Australian novel by Marele Day, the twisted and macabre story has an international all-star cast, led by Emmy Award-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaids Tale, The Leftovers), Australian screen star Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Slap), and from the UK, Jessica Barden (The End of the F**** World). As the three Sisters of St Agnes, they must defend their very existence when a young priest with a hidden agenda, Sam Reid (Bloom, Prime Suspect), suddenly arrives at their dilapidated monastery. What unfolds is an epic and fantastical tale of faith, love and redemption.
Lambs of God was filmed on location across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast and Tasmania, as well as at Fox Studios Australia. Principal production investment comes from Foxtel in association with Screen Australia, with support from Create NSW, Cumulus VFX and Screen Tasmania.
Series Mania brings to the large screen the best series in the world. It offers its audience – some 55,700 spectators in 2018, and more than 2,000 television professionals – a unique opportunity, throughout the 9-day event, to meet in Lille the most renowned creators, screenwriters and directors of the contemporary serial universe.