The Italian TV series Gomorrah is based on the best selling Neapolitan mob expose written by Roberto Saviano, which also spawned the 2008 Cannes Jury Prize-winning film of the same name from Matteo Garrone. The 12-episode series has gained many accolades from critics in Italy and it is now ready to take on the UK.
The series follows Ciro (Marco D’Amore), right hand man to the Savastano family boss and Godfather of the Camorra clan, Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino). When Pietro is sent to prison, Ciro seizes his chance to become the head honcho himself. However standing in his way is the tempestuous wife of Pietro, Imma (Maria Pia Calzone), and her medlesome son Genny (Salvatore Esposito). Although Genny should be next in line, as per the blood laws that govern organised crime, it is Ciro who seems the most credible and competent heir. As her husband spends his days in prison, Imma gradually morphs from the upholding family matriarch into a ruthless business woman. When Ciro attempts to fill the family’s now empty throne, he clashes with Imma’s determination to keep their kingdom in the family.
At the same time, a rival clan, run by Salvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti), sees the power struggle taking place as an opportunity to move in on their enemy’s turf. In this world of competing clans who fight for control of the market place, violent revenge is as diplomatic as it gets.
Acclaimed Romanzo Criminale writer and director Stefano Sollima, who directed six episodes of Gomorrah, was in charge of the overall art direction of the series. The standard style of the series is a mix of dark and menacing colours and scenes, lightened only occasionally during the tense conversations between Mafiosi by the unnatural gleam of neon-lit indoor spaces.
You can see Gomorrah later this year on Sky Atlantic. Click here for more information.