Recreating The Industrial Revolution
A stellar cast has been assembled and production is now underway on writer and director Shane Meadows’ first period television drama, The Gallows Pole. Starring in the highly anticipated series will be Michael Socha (This is England, Papillon), Thomas Turgoose (This is England, Looted), George MacKay (1917, Captain Fantastic), Tom Burke (Mank, The Souvenir), Sophie McShera (Cinderella, ‘Downton Abbey’), Cara Theobold (‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Crazyhead’), Yusra Warsama (‘Castle Rock’), Eve Burley (‘Secret State’), Nicole Barber Lane (‘Hollyoaks’), Samuel Edward-Cook (‘Peaky Blinders’), Anthony Welsh (‘Master of None’), Joe Sproulle (‘The A Word’), Adam Fogerty (Legend), Fine Time Fontayne (‘How We Used to Live’) and an ensemble of first-time actors…
THE GALLOWS POLE, based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners. Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in eighteenth century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley played by Michael Socha, as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history.
It was also announced today that A24 are teaming up with Element Pictures (The Favourite, ‘Normal People’) on the six-part series for the BBC which is currently filming in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
Collaborating again with casting director Shaheen Baig (‘The Virtues’), Shane Meadows says of his cast “Putting this cast together (with the undying support of Shaheen Baig and her amazing team) has been an absolute joy. To be working with actors I’ve grown up with and/or have been desperate to work with, alongside oodles of incredible ‘as yet’ undiscovered (Yorkshire based) talent, is an absolute honour and I’ve not been this passionate about shooting a project in years!
After some initial rehearsals back in spring, me and the team went on an ‘open casting’ odyssey, watching over 6,500 self-tapes from unrepresented actors and actresses and were blown away by the quality of tapes that were submitted. We went from hoping to find one or two new faces to making up half of the entire cast from those tapes and I believe it’s going to create a series quite unlike anything else I’ve ever worked on.
This is the 18th century yes, but viewed through a slightly more anarchic lens and will (like my previous work) have a soundtrack that fits the mood like a psychedelic glove, rather than historical expectations.”
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, added, “Shane’s talent for spotting and working with the newest and most authentic talent is second to none and will play a key role in setting this drama apart. It’s an honour to be working with Shane, our friends at Element, and our partners at A24, to see this amazing story start to come to life.”
Element Pictures added “Working with the BBC and A24 on Shane Meadows’ first period drama is incredibly exciting for all of us at Element. Shane’s unique take on the story combined with the stunning cast he has assembled will make for an intoxicating and unforgettable series.”
Based in NY and LA, A24 is the Academy Award-winning film and TV studio behind feature films such as Minari, Midsommar, Moonlight, Ex Machina, Uncut Gems, and this summer’s Zola and The Green Knight. A24 TV productions include the Emmy-winning series Euphoria for HBO starring Zendaya, Hulu series Ramy from Golden Globe-winner Ramy Youssef, the eponymous variety series from viral comedy sensation Ziwe for Showtime, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Apple series Mr. Corman, and the forthcoming Netflix anthology series Beef starring Oscar nominee Steven Yeun and Ali Wong.
About Element Pictures
Element Pictures is an award-winning film and drama production company run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin, London and Belfast. Recent film and television productions include Lenny Abrahamson’s award-winning series NORMAL PEOPLE (BBC Three / HULU), based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning THE FAVOURITE. Previous film productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films, including Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning ROOM, THE LITTLE STRANGER and Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language films THE LOBSTER (Jury Prize, Cannes), THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; as well as Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE. Current television and film productions include Nancy Harris’ comedy drama series THE DRY; the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (BBC Three / HULU) and Sebastián Lelio’s THE WONDER, with Florence Pugh. Upcoming television and film productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ POOR THINGS (Searchlight Pictures), starring Emma Stone and Stephen William’s historical biopic CHEVALIER (Searchlight Pictures), starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. Upcoming film releases include Sean Durkin’s THE NEST (BBC Films / FilmNation); Phyllida Lloyd’s HERSELF; and Joanna Hogg’s THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER (BBC Films and A24) and THE SOUVENIR PART II (BBC Films and A24), both executive produced by Martin Scorsese. THE SOUVENIR PART II enjoyed its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight 2021. Element Pictures also runs a distribution company in Ireland as well as the Light House Cinema in Dublin and Pálás Cinema in Galway.
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Recreating The Industrial Revolution A stellar cast has been assembled and production is now underway on writer and director Shane Meadows’ first period television drama, The Gallows Pole. Starring in the highly anticipated series will be Michael Socha (This is England, Papillon), Thomas Turgoose (This is England, Looted), George MacKay (1917, Captain Fantastic), Tom Burke (Mank, The Souvenir), Sophie McShera (Cinderella, ‘Downton Abbey’), Cara Theobold (‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Crazyhead’), Yusra Warsama (‘Castle Rock’), Eve
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