AMC Networks announced today that its Sundance Now streaming service has picked up the exclusive US and Canadian rights to the Aussie drama The Commons.
Set in the near future, The Commons is a character-driven thriller that takes place at the crossroads of climate change and the cutting edge of biotechnology. It stars Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy® nominee Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar) in a story about motherhood as the ultimate act of faith in humanity.
Eadie (Joanne Froggatt) just wants a normal life, but the world around her won’t let her have it. A brilliant, 38-year-old neuropsychologist, Eadie longs to have a child with her vector biologist husband, Lloyd (David Lyons, Sea Patrol), but multiple unsuccessful IVF treatments have put her dreams of motherhood on hold. Meanwhile, the world around her is in chaos, as global warming and parasitic diseases have made the divide between rich and poor even greater.
Costarring in the eight-part drama are Rupert Penry-Jones (Silk), Ryan Corr (The Secrets She Keeps), Simone McAullay (Broadchurch), John Waters (Offspring), Fayssal Bazzi (Stateless), and Andrea Demetriades (Janet King).
Sundance Now exclusively launches The Commons in the US and Canada beginning Thursday, December 3, with weekly episodes.
Produced by Playmaker, The Commons is created by AACTA Award-winning showrunner Shelley Birse (The Code), who co-wrote the series with Matt Ford (Hiding), Michael Miller (Cleverman), and Matt Cameron (Jack Irish). It is directed by AACTA Award-winner Jeffrey Walker (Lambs of God), alongside Rowan Woods (Rake) and Jennifer Leacey (Reckoning). The Executive Producers are David Taylor and David Maher for Playmaker, Nick Forward for Stan, Graham Yost, Fred Golan, and Shelley Birse, and the producer is Diane Haddon (The Code).
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