Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair launch new production company South of the River Pictures.
Academy Award and BAFTA winning actor Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite) and screenwriter Ed Sinclair (Landscapers) have set up their own independent scripted production company, South of the River Pictures with co-founder, Tom Carver. South of the River Pictures will see the co-founders combine their unique skills and collective industry expertise to deepen existing creative relationships and seek out new collaborations as they aim to tell authored stories to audiences around the world.
The first project from South of the River Pictures will be Landscapers, written by Sinclair in his first television screenplay, for Sky Atlantic and HBO. Produced by Sister in association with South of the River Pictures, Landscapers is a visually inventive, darkly funny dramatisation of the lives of convicted killers Susan and Christopher Edwards, directed by BAFTA winner Will Sharpe (The Flowers, Giri/Haji) and staring Colman as Susan Edwards.
In 2020 South of the River Pictures launched an exciting competition to unearth new writer-performer talent. The competition attracted over 650 amazing entrants and we hugely enjoyed seeing the breadth of their creativity. We are excited to soon be inviting the finalists to perform live in front of our extraordinary judging panel comprised of top UK TV Commissioners and writers and performers including our very own Olivia Colman, plus Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve, Fleabag), Lolly Adefope (Ghosts, Shrill) and Rosie Jones (The Last Leg, 8 Out of Ten Cats).
In 2021 we aim to launch a new initiative called ‘South Rising’ looking to uncover great new writing talent from South London. Details to follow ASAP.
Please note that unfortunately we cannot accept unsolicited submissions.
Ed Sinclair and Olivia Colman say:
This is a real step into the unknown for us, but we’re so thrilled to have the opportunity. It’s an exhilarating time for drama generally, and South of the River adds a hugely exciting autonomy and reach to our existing creative relationship. We’re determined to take risks and wander off the well-trodden path, so we’ll no doubt make some mistakes. But we’ve been reading scripts together for 25 years and trust each other’s instincts implicitly. We hope that by being true to those, and by protecting the vision of the writers and creators we collaborate with, we’ll tell some amazing, enthralling and thought-provoking new stories, and create some really wonderful comedy and drama for telly and film.