As lines continue to blur between high end television and film, with directors and actors moving more frequently between the two and television showing an increased willingness to experiment with format, it's clear that the days of film festivals being purely about 'film' are well and truly over.
Kurosawa Kiyoshi's four hour miniseries Penance
is a recent example, screening in its entirety in both Toronto and Venice, while Toronto had previously gotten into this game with Michael Winterbottom's The Trip
. Over on the genre side of things Fantastic Fest showed the complete runs of two series (Hellfjord
and Danger 5
) last year and many looked at the Cannes selection of Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra
- a project commissioned by HBO and destined for a broadcast debut from day one - as a watershed moment. And this year's prime example of the trend? The selection of Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene
director Sean Durkin's four part series Southcliffe
in Toronto this year.
In this timely and ambitious four-part dramatic series, director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
and celebrated British television writer Tony Grisoni tell the tragic
tale of a "sleepy little English market town" turned upside down when
one of its little-liked residents turns his guns on his fellow citizens.
The cast for this one features stellar character actors such as Rory Kinnear and Eddie Marsan and the trailer is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from Durkin. Which is to say excellent. Check it below.
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