The Halcyon has been nominated for Best TV Drama Series and Ruth Wilson for Best Actress at the 2018 National Film Awards.
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.
Broadcast said, ”With its broad customer base, outstanding relationships with talent and cross-genre expertise, Left Bank sits at the top table of scripted producers”
Flushed with royal success, it was hard to look beyond Left Bank in the Best Independent Production Company category. Few shows have attained landmark status in the manner of its Netflix series The Crown.
In many ways, it has come to represent the vast, arguably unique, opportunity that the global SVoD revolution offers British producers.
With so much focus on The Crown’s budget and significance, it is easy to overlook just how good it was. Peter Morgan’s scripts, sharp direction from Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and others, and outstanding performances from Claire Foy and Matt Smith, combined in a series that offered character development, well-paced narrative and beautiful visuals.
It cut through in a way that is normally reserved for drama on BBC One or ITV.
The Crown wasn’t the only Left Bank SVoD success, either. Amazon pilot Oasis, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, was another show with an eyewatering budget and vast ambition (it was set on Mars).
Then there was Origin, a 10-part sci-fi thriller for emerging platform YouTube Red, created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins.
And it delivered for traditional broadcasters too: The Replacement picked up more than 7 million viewers on BBC One, Electric Dreams lit up C4 and AMC, and Strike Back made a strong return to Cinemax and Sky 1 after a break.
With its broad customer base, outstanding relationships with talent and cross-genre expertise, Left Bank sits at the top table of scripted producers.”
We have three nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
CAITRIONA BALFE OUTLANDER
CLAIRE FOY THE CROWN
Kenneth Branagh won Best Actor for his role as Wallander at the 2017 International Emmys in New York last night.
Kenneth Branagh said, ‘Henning Mankell was an internationalist. He would have been delighted at this Emmy recognition. Our Wallander was made by a truly international group of artists, who loved this troubled policeman as much as the public did.
It was a privilege to inhabit that fracturing mind over 12 films. The International academy have created a fantastic way to say farewell.
Coming at exactly the time Fox have commited to developing a second Poirot film, it’s been a hell of a day at the office!’
Andy Harries said, ‘I am genuinely delighted that Kenneth Branagh’s outstanding final performance as Inspector Kurt Wallander has won an International Emmy. It is the series that launched Left Bank Pictures and this is deserved recognition of 12 great films for the BBC and Masterpiece. A chapter is closed, what a great way to say farewell to an iconic series.’
A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet in ORIGIN, a chilling new sci-fi thriller from Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, in association with China International Television Corporation (CiTVC) and Sony Pictures Television, International Production. In this 10-episode series, coming to YouTube Red in 2018, the abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.
ORIGIN is created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins. The series will also be executive produced by Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie from Left Bank Pictures along with Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio. ORIGIN is a Left Bank / CiTVC co-production in association with Sony Pictures Television, International Production.
“We are excited to be in business with the legendary producers at Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, and talented new writer, Mika Watkins. They are exceptional storytellers who have created groundbreaking programming, and we are already drawn into the mysterious and captivating world in ‘Origin.’ We look forward to bringing this series to life with our partners at Left Bank Pictures,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “Sci-fi and action adventure are huge on YouTube, and our audience will be intrigued by the unexpected plot twists and turns in this bold, studio-quality thriller.”
“Mika is an exceptional new voice and we are excited to bring her first major project to the screen with our friends at YouTube Red,” said Andy Harries, Chief Executive Officer, Left Bank Pictures.
“This is a tremendously exciting project, a truly global project that brings together partners from the US, UK and China to create a unique and thrilling space drama,” said Wayne Garvie, President, Sony Pictures Television International Productions.
“We’re looking forward to an in-depth and pleasant partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank on the ORIGIN project. We are sure it’ll be well-received on YouTube Red,” said Mr. Xue Jijun, President of China International Television Corporation.
Jeff Pinkner, executive producer said: “We are thrilled to be working with Mika and the brilliant people at Left Bank on this project which we hope will marry the best of British and American sensibilities and storytelling. And maybe as a bonus we will finally learn the difference between a crisp and a chip!”
YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.
On November 15th, Left Bank Pictures’ Chief Executive and co-founder, Andy Harries, will be a special guest at Soundstage in London. At this intimate event, he’ll give an exclusive insight into this leading production company, as well as discussing popular series’ and films that he has produced with Left Bank, such as The Crown, Wallander, Outlander and The Damned United. Following an interview with Andy, there’ll be a chance for the audience to ask their own questions. For further info, visit soundstageevents.co.uk.