One Child, starring Katie Leung will air as a two-night event on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. Part One introduces Mei Ashley (Leung), a college student, adopted as a baby from China who has had a content upbringing as the daughter of professors. When she’s contacted by her birth mother in China, a journey to discover her identity turns into a dangerous fight for justice. Part Two follows Mei’s journey as she is thrown into extreme danger in her attempt to save her brother from an unjust criminal sentence. Just when things are starting to look positive, Mei encounters setback that is almost more than she can bear. A full press release, sent to us by Sundance, may be read below:
SundanceTV has the world premiere of its newest original mini-series “One Child” on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. The four-hour series stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter), features Emmy® nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”) and Donald Sumpter (“Game of Thrones,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and airs as a two-night special event.
“One Child” tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.
Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine – an American – and Jim Ashley, Mei’s adoptive parents who are challenged to both let her visit her birth mother while protecting her from the pain of meeting the woman who once rejected her. Mei must struggle with who she is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.
When Mei lands in China and begins to witness the criminal justice system through western eyes, she discovers the dichotomy between rich and poor – the connected and the unconnected – and the corruption which forms the bedrock of its governing institutions.
Penned by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) this emotionally-gripping, dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.
‘One Child’ is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle. It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core,” said SundanceTV President, Sarah Barnett. “It takes viewers on an immersive journey across the globe and shines a bold spotlight on the complexity of family dynamics and personal identity.”
“One Child” is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV (deal brokered by Drive in conjunction with BBC Worldwide North America), and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
This project follows the summer’s critical success for “The Honorable Woman” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, also a SundanceTV/BBC co-production. Previous to that “Top of the Lake” received two Golden Globe® nominations and one win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series for Elisabeth Moss; eight Emmy nominations including one win; and two SAG nominations. It was also a SundanceTV and BBC co-production.
Freddie Stroma is set to star in the new Lifetime TV drama, Un-Real. The show is a (scripted) behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program. The show will have 10 hour long episodes, the season premiere date has not been revealed yet. Freddie plays the role of Adam, the dating show’s handsome and intelligent bachelor. A trailer for the show can be watched at A+E Network’s website.
A behind the scenes dramedy that follows the experiences of a young woman working on a hit reality dating show. In order to succeed in the job, our heroine must manipulate her relationships with the contestants behind the camera in order to get the vital pieces of outrageous footage that make the show a smash hit.
Un-Real is inspired by the award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze.
In a new interview with The Stage, Harry Melling talks about his acting career and figuring how how to go from being a “child actor” to an “actor”.
Tell me about your role in The Angry Brigade.
I play lots of different people, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s something that terrified me because I liked the idea of hanging on to one person and making sure that story is charted throughout. If you’re playing lots of different people, you’re juggling a lot of different balls. Sometimes, I feel that when you watch that style of acting, you see the skill of the actor as opposed to the character, so in that respect it’s a very interesting challenge to try to make each character as defined as the others.
Has doing film work as a child actor influenced the way you work now?
It influenced me in terms of watching older people be on set. It confirmed it was something I wanted to do, but it must have influenced me in other ways I can’t tell you how or why. But I always felt very comfortable on stage, and when I was at drama school there was a heavy emphasis on stagecraft, which has been really useful for me.
What made you undertake formal training?
I really wanted to bridge that gap between being a child actor and an actor. I’m not saying drama school is always the way to do that, but it made sense for me. I always wanted to be as good as I could be, and I think drama school teaches you how to fall on your arse, which is exactly what I needed.
The Angry Brigade runs at Warwick Arts Centre until October 17, and then at Watford Palace Theatre from October 21-25. Visit this website for more information.
The holiday season is fast approaching, so starting this week we will be sharing one or more Harry Potter items to get for the Potter fans in your life (or yourself) every Friday!
Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons, and Harry Potter fans everywhere are sure to love the magical gifts inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. For those Harry Potter Super Fans who have it all, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) presents Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, a book that takes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how this menagerie was produced for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Also, bring spells to life this holiday, or at least to the television. WBCP is offering the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand, allowing wizards everywhere to magically control any IR device with the flick of the wrist.
HARPER DIRECT Harry Potter: The Creature Vault
Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Detailed profiles of each creature include rare concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photography and filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. A removable poster picturing each of the creatures and an interactive Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog complete this must-have package. Available for $45.
THE NOBLE COLLECTION – Harry Potter Remote Control Wand
Bring spells to life, or at least to the television. With the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand, one can magically control any IR device with a flick of the wrist. Complete with collector box and comprehensive instructions. Available for $49.95.
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In addition to Domhnall Gleeson, who will have a starring role, it has been announced today that Warwick Davis will have a part in Star Wars Episode VII! It is unknown what role(s) Warwick will play, but we can expect it to be pretty exciting.
Fans will know that Warwick was involved in the original trilogy as Wicket the Ewok (when he was just 11 years old.) He also had a short cameo in The Phantom Menace, during the Pod race for fans who want to catch a glimpse. The new film, directed by JJ Abrams, takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will be released Dec. 18, 2015.