Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and her daughter Mia Threapleton will star in the first feature-length episode of I Am, the critically acclaimed, award-winning female-led drama anthology series from BAFTA-winning writer-director Dominic Savage. Produced by Emmy-winning Me+You Productions for Channel 4, filming on I Am Ruth will start at the end of April for three weeks.
The three episodes are named after its lead character and star one of a trio of Britain’s leading acting talent; multi-award winner Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) takes the lead role in I Am Ruth opposite her daughter Mia Threapleton (Shadows, Dangerous Liaisons). Other cast will be announced in due course, as will details of the other two films in the trilogy.
Kate Winslet said: “I have always admired Dominic’s work and, in particular, his commitment to telling real stories. British television is at an all time high, and I feel excited and honoured to be part of this community, especially right now.”
Created, written, and directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Dominic Savage (The Escape), the stories for each film have been developed in a creative partnership with the leading actors, with semi-improvised dialogue. The series of distinctive single films explores the experience of women in moments that are emotionally raw, thought-provoking and personal.
There has been a tremendous response to the series from the public and critics alike. I Am series 2 recently won a C21 Drama Award, is currently nominated for a BAFTA Award (Best Single Drama), and was nominated for a Broadcast Award (Best Single Drama). I Am series 1 was nominated for a BAFTA (Leading Actress – Samantha Morton), two Broadcast Awards, a Royal Television Society Award, and a C21 International Drama Award, and won a WFTV Award.
I Am became Channel 4’s most successful new 10pm drama in six years when it debuted in August 2019, with Vicky McClure starring in I Am Nicola; Samantha Morton starring in I Am Kirsty; and Gemma Chan starring in I Am Hannah. Series 2 was equally successful, starring Suranne Jones in I Am Victoria, Letitia Wright in I Am Danielle and Lesley Manville in I Am Maria.
Writer, Director, and Creator Dominic Savage said: “It is a complete honor for me to be working and collaborating with Kate Winslet on this first film of the new series of I Am for Channel 4. Kate is such a legend, such an incredible and sublime acting talent, and I can’t wait to start shooting this unique and important story that we have created together.”
Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama, Channel 4 said: “To attract an actress of Kate Winslet’s caliber to the channel is incredibly exciting and a testament to the ground-breaking storytelling of the series, which we are excited to be bringing back for a third time. The collaboration between her, Mia, and Dominic Savage has produced a compelling, heart-rending, and ultimately very relatable character for our times in Ruth. I can’t wait to see how the story plays out on screen.”
Richard Yee, Executive Producer, co-founder Me+You said: “We’re excited about renewing our creative relationship with Dominic Savage, one of the most distinctive filmmakers working today, and thrilled to be working with Kate Winslet, one of the finest actors of her generation. Their collaboration in the first-ever feature-length episode of I Am promises to be truly special. We’re grateful for the platform and support Channel 4 have given us for this powerful series of films.”
I Am is produced by Me+You Productions. Executive Producers are Richard Yee and Dominic Savage, with Caroline Hollick and Gemma Boswell from Channel 4 overseeing. The series is produced by Me+You co-founder Krishnendu Majumdar and Josh Hyams. I Am is co-funded by Sky Studios and international sales are handled by NBCU Global Distribution.
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