FOXTROT (29 May)
Written and directed by Polly Stenham
Billie Piper, Ben Whishaw, Lindsay Duncan and Alice Sanders star in, written and directed by Polly Stenham. In her first television drama, the critically-lauded playwright brings her unique voice and vision to a contemporary ill-fated girl gang heist.
Brona is a poor Irish immigrant to Victorian London trying to escape a dark and sordid past. The Gaelic meaning of her name is “sadness,” yet she remains lovely, spirited, and erotically alive. She forms a bond with Ethan Chandler, who will do anything for her.
SHOWTIME will present a first-look screening of its highly anticipated new horror series PENNY DREADFUL at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Vimeo Theater at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. PENNY DREADFUL, from the creative mind of three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Skyfall), has been selected as one of six shows for the Festival’s brand new “Episodic” screening category. PENNY DREADFUL stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), along with famed genre master Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) who directed the first two episodes of the series, will be in attendance for an extended audience Q&A following the screening. PENNY DREADFUL will premiere on Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. only on SHOWTIME.
For the second consecutive year, the impact of the SHOWTIME brand will be experienced through the official sponsorship of the multi-platform SXSW GO app, as well as the Film Festival’s shuttles. Festival goers will be able to hop onboard a PENNY DREADFUL-branded bus which will shuttle them from the Austin Convention Center to film venues throughout the city for the duration of SXSW. The official SXSW GO mobile app, presented by SHOWTIME, allows attendees to view, plan and share their schedule, network with others and navigate the convention once they are on the ground. The app sponsorship will feature an in-app experience inspired by PENNY DREADFUL, which highlights trending topics and locations at SXSW and around Austin. Powered by real-time data from Foursquare, Twitter and SXSW schedule data, the experience will allow users to select from a deck of tarot cards, and based on their selections, will provide a tarot reading that accesses the dynamic festival schedule information and trending social data to make recommendations for what their next move should be. SXSW attendees will also be able to download a “PENNY DREADFUL Fan Pass” with their iPhone Passbook or Google Wallet to get access to exclusive video content and other series updates. For additional images featuring the art on the PENNY DREADFUL shuttle buses and the SXSW GO mobile app, go to: http://bit.ly/1nUdsPb.
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by Logan and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance. PENNY DREADFUL stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) also star.
Photos of Billie at day two of Gallifrey One have been added to our gallery, looking adorable in overalls! Once again I’ve added credit to each one, so I hope I have the right people, if you would like credit changed on a photo, email us! Thank you to everyone who shared their pics!
Illness tried and failed to stop Billie Piper from attending her first American convention. We talked about her decision to take on the roles of Rose Tyler in 2005 and The Moment in 2013 during a break in her marathon autograph sessions at Gallifrey One.
Listen to the interview here!
Lots of excited photos of Billie at day one of Gallifrey One yesterday have been added to the gallery! Doesn’t she look amazing! I’ve added credit to each one, so I really hope I have the right people, if you would like credit changed on a photo, email us and I will change it asap! Hope you guys are having fun!