Lambs of God, the new four-part drama from Australia’s Lingo Pictures, has been invited to screen in Official Competition at the international television festival Series Mania.
The March screening in Lille, France, will be the world premiere and the series will have its television 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.
Produced by Lingo Pictures’ Jason Stephens, this provocative four-part series has been adapted for the screen by writer Sarah Lambert (Love Child, A Place to Call Home, Love My Way), and directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Ali’s Wedding, Super Fun Night, Rake). Cinematographer is Academy Award-nominee Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Dressmaker) making his first foray into television drama.
Lingo Pictures, headed by Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens, is also producing the upcoming series Upright, starring Tim Minchin for Foxtel.
“Helen 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” said Producer, Jason Stephen.
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”.
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.