Letitia Wright to star in Dominic Savage’s BAFTA-nominated anthology series I Am
The cast of I Am Danielle will also feature CJ Beckford and Sophia Brown
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October 2020, London: Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Top Boy) has joined the cast of Dominic Savage’s critically-acclaimed, female-led drama anthology series I Am, with filming having wrapped earlier this month.
Emmy nominee and BAFTA Rising Star Award winner Wright leads the cast of I Am Danielle and is joined by co-stars CJ Beckford and Sophia Brown.
Created by award-winning writer-director Dominic Savage and produced by Emmy winning Me+You Productions, the brand new 3x60’ series entered production in early August with I Am Victoria, starring BAFTA-winning actress Suranne Jones, alongside Ashley Walters.
Each episode of the three-part series will be developed and written by Dominic Savage in collaboration with the leading actor – for whom, in each case, the story will have personal resonance. This will be an authentic and thought-provoking series exploring contemporary female experiences and themes, including trust, relationships and mental health. Featuring improvised dialogue, the trilogy will draw these deeply personal themes out through moments of emotion, intimacy and anxiety.
Letitia Wright said: “Collaborating with Dominic Savage has been an amazing experience. His unique and sensitive style of directing has stretched me as an artist. I’m so proud that we came together on a story that we both felt was important to explore & share with the world.”
I Am became Channel 4’s most successful new 10pm drama in six years when it debuted in August 2019, with BAFTA-winning Vicky McClure starring in I Am Nicola; Oscar; BAFTA-nominated Samantha Morton starring in I Am Kirsty; and Gemma Chan starring in I Am Hannah.
As well as its nomination at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards (Leading Actress for Samantha Morton in I Am Kirsty), I Am was nominated for the Best Original Programme and Best Single Drama at the Broadcast Awards; for Best TV Movie at the C21 International Drama Awards; as Best New Drama in the TV Choice Awards; and for Photography (Drama & Comedy) at the RTS Craft Awards. Samantha Morton also won the WFTV Performance Award for her performance in I Am Kirsty.
Writer, Director and Creator Dominic Savage said: "Making this film with Letitia was so exciting, invigorating, and full of creative joy. It is exactly how I love to work. In complete partnership and understanding. We were so in tune with the story we were telling, and each day was purely instinctive, challenging, and always truthful. I’m proud to be able to bring this story of love with all it’s difficulties to the screen.”
Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama Channel 4 said: “Bringing superstar Letitia Wright back to Channel 4 has been a dream since I started this job. Her fearless collaboration with Dominic Savage in I Am Danielle reveals her as a emotional and masterful storyteller, as well as a superlative performer.”
Krishnendu Majumdar, Producer, co-founder, Me+You said: “We’re excited about continuing our strong creative relationship with Dominic Savage, one of the most distinctive and powerful filmmakers working today, and thrilled to be working with the brilliant Letitia Wright. They have collaborated to create something truly special and we are grateful for support and platform Channel 4 have given us.”
I Am is produced by Emmy winning Me+You Productions, commissioned by Channel 4, co-funded by Sky Studios and distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Executive Producers are Richard Yee and Dominic Savage, with Channel 4 Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick and Head of Development Gemma Boswell overseeing. The series is produced by Me+You co-founder Krishnendu Majumdar with co-producer Josh Hyams (The Trip).
About Me+You Productions
Me+You Productions is an independent film and television production company founded by EMMY winning producers Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar. They make cinematic, authored drama and comedy with the very best creative talent and have a track record in making global hit series. Me+You is committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK and beyond. They ensure that diversity and inclusion is hardwired into everything they do – how they work with their audiences, their people and partners, especially the types of stories they tell. They are passionate about championing diverse voices and talent in front and behind the camera.
About Sky Studios
Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.
We develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond, with 52 scripted shows already in production. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Babylon Berlin and Riviera, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, ZeroZeroZero from the makers of Gomorrah and The New Pope directed by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.
We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBC Universal.
We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in UK creative sector in the first five years alone.
Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in nine production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premiere reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast Films and True North Productions; entertainment and format expert Znak & Co (US & UK); natural history producer True to Nature; drama producers The Lighthouse and Longboat Pictures; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).
Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Gary Davey, Chief Commercial Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Finance Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Drama UK Cameron Roach, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Productions Sky Deutschland Marcus Ammon.
Source Channel 4
October 9, 2020 4:05am ET by Channel 4