Find out more from the international TV festival of 2016…
‘Total Serialized’ brings together a host of accomplished European feats in television to honour the diversity and quality of British and French productions. As well as staging screenings for successful TV series that fans can admire, the festival welcomes industry professionals with an aim to “promote and improve collaboration between the UK and France, it showcases the best of new productions from both sides of the Channel.”
The festival is curated by Lorraine Sullivan and is coordinated by Priscilla Gessati. The annual event has been organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, in conjunction with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Creative Europe Desk UK, CANAL+, Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD), TV France International, Europe Créative Bureau France and France 24.
The abundance of French, British and European programmes range from hit comedies Call My Agent! and A Very Secret Service to enthralling thrillers laced with political narratives, such as Black Baron and The Bureau. Fans of Nordic Noir will be intrigued by the re-imagining of the Swedish-Danish award-winning crime drama The Bridge as The Tunnel: Sabotage swaps the Øresund Bridge for the Channel Tunnel, landing another British-French season.
Public Events – 28th-30th January
Audiences can enjoy gripping screenings of the world premiere of the French byzantine political drama Black Baron, with the first episode of season one. Straddling the fourth wall, avid fans and creative minds will be entertained by the ‘Screening & Case Study: Writing TV Comedy with A Very Secret Service’ and a ‘BAFTA Masterclass: Screenwriting Continuing Drama’. Screenings not to be missed include the marathon of This is England ’86, ’88 and ’90, as well as the second season of The Tunnel: Sabotage starring Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane. All of this and more.
Industry Events – 28th-29th January
For greater understanding and exploring the impact of co-productions of international dramas, talks and workshops are available to attend, once registered. These include a producers masterclass with Warp Films, a panel discussion to examine ‘Why Is Foreign Drama More In Demand?’ and a closer look at Midnight Sun - the first French-Swedish TV drama co-production, with confirmed industry guests Dominique Jubin, Director of French Drama and Co-productions at CANAL+ and Christian Wikander, Head of Drama, SVT.
Location: Ciné Lumière at the Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, London. SW7 2DT. Nearest Tube station is South Kensington
Clear your diaries for the end of January and “discover the crème de la crème of French, British and European TV series on the big screen.”