21 Jul 2019

Lambs of God: the dark gothic Foxtel original series coming in 2019

Lambs of God Season 1 Episode 1 – The Devil into Paradise
Airdate: 2019-Jul-21
Episode summary: Lambs of God is a dark, gothic tale about three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent by the coast, and an unwelcome visitor who enters their l…

First episode date: July 21, 2019
Composer(s): Bryony Marks
Network: Foxtel
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Lambs of God is an Australian television drama series on Foxtel’s Showcase. The series was adapted from Marele Day’s novel of the same name about three eccentric nuns living on a secluded and remote island. Wikipedia

FOXTEL HAS ANNOUNCED its next landmark event drama series commission, Lambs of God, which will premiere in 2019.

Lambs of God is a dark, gothic tale about three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent by the coast, and an unwelcome visitor who enters their lives and changes their world forever. It has commenced production at Fox Studios Australia.

The nuns, who live in solitude from the rest of the world on a remote and rugged island, have their lives turned upside down when an ambitious young priest, Father Ignatius, accidentally stumbles across the three Sisters as he arrives on a mission from the Church.

Based on the captivating Australian novel Lambs of God by Marele Day, the twisted and macabre tale will be brought to life on screen by an international all-star cast, led by Emmy Award-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaids Tale, The Leftovers).

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She will be joined by Australian stage and screen star Essie Davis (Game of Thrones, The Slap, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Babadook, and the upcoming The True History of The Kelly Gang), and UK actress, Jessica Barden (The End Of The F*****World, The Lobster) who, as the three Sisters of St Agnes, must defend their lives, existence and beliefs when the handsome priest, played by actor Sam Reid (The Railway Main, Belle, Anonymous) attempts to sell their dilapidated monastery. What unfolds is an epic and fantastical tale of faith, love and redemption.

Award-winning stars

Dowd admits she leans towards portraying people on the margins, which puts Lambs of God firmly in her wheelhouse.

“There are so many fantastic roles, but the ones that have always drawn me to them are the loners who, for whatever reason, never quite fit in and knew it and had to find their own way.”

The American actress, who was taught by nuns as a child and speaks glowingly of their “devotion to making you the best person you can be”, is in the midst of a career boom, having nabbed a Primetime Emmy in 2017.

“It never occurred to me that something that gave you such joy could also be your life’s work,” she says. “I was so grateful to win an Emmy.”

Dowd’s award-winning co-star Davis is one of the country’s finest actresses, having been awarded the UK’s top theatre prize – an Olivier – for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2003.

“I like to play roles that are very different from each other,” says Davis, a fact evidenced by the various personas she’s portrayed in her career so far.

“A lot of people don’t realise that I’m the same person who has played all these parts.”

One thing that does frequently connect her various alter egos is their resilience – “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunities to have played many strong women” – and no doubt that will become apparent in Lambs of God as each sister will need to confront what this intruder represents.

It already looks like Lambs of God will follow Big Little Lies as being another smash-hit female-led series.

“Women have always known their abilities, we’re good at TV and movies,” Dowd says.

Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said: “Lambs of God is a lush, evocative drama that is both ancient and incredibly modern, with its timeless message of resilience, and the power of story-telling as a redemptive force.

Marele Day’s unique novel stayed with me long after I’d finished reading it, and screenwriter Sarah Lambert has taken the story and enriched it in ways that are fresh and engaging. At every creative level, the talent attached to this project is world-class, and we are very proud to be working with Lingo Pictures to bring to life this truly unique series.”

Lingo Pictures Producer Jason Stephens said: “There are few stories as original as Lambs of God. Pitched to Foxtel as “Feral Nuns in a Monastery,” this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver something that is truly different to any other drama produced before in Australia.

Lambs of God is already generating an enormous buzz thanks to its compelling script and the prestigious cast and crew that it has attracted. It’s a joy to work with Foxtel and have their unwavering support as we start to roll cameras on this moving, thrilling and often darkly humourous tale.”

Sky Vision Scripted Acquisition Manager Moreyba Bidessie said: “Lambs of God is such a unique and distinct story – and with Lingo Pictures and Foxtel at the helm, will be beautifully realised. And we are nothing but delighted to be representing the show internationally.

We feel, that with the incredible line-up of international cast – alongside the top notch creative team – will have huge appeal to many markets around the world.”

The provocative four part series has been adapted for the screen by Writer/Showrunner Sarah Lambert (Love Child, A Place To Call Home, Dance Academy, Love My Way), and will be directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Ali’s Wedding, Dance Academy, Super Fun Night, Rake, Jack Irish)

Cinematographer and Academy Award-nominee Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, X Men Origins: Wolverine, The Dressmaker) will make his first foray into television drama as Director of Photography, with the series filmed on locations across Sydney, The Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast and Tasmania.

Produced by Jason Stephens ,Lingo Pictures, Lambs of God will be helmed by Australia’s most prolific, television drama executives: Lingo Executive Producer, Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devils Playground, Wake in Fright); Foxtel Executive Producer, Penny Win (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Wentworth, A Place To Call Home); Endemol Shine Australia Executive Producers, Carl and Mark Fennessy (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Blue Murder: Killer Cop, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Catching Milat, Offspring,) together with Producer Elisa Argenzio (Fighting Season, Wolf Creek, Underbelly) and Producer Sarah Lambert (Love Child).

Lambs of God received production investment funding from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, the Tasmanian Government (through Screen Tasmania), and Endemol Shine Australia. The series will be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.

Lambs of God: coming to showcase in 2019 and will be available with the DRAMA PACK.

You can stream it and the best drama on Foxtel On Demand~.

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