THE RETURNED is packing some seriously compelling characters, both ferociously alive and undead. There’s wild child Lena, jealous lover Simon…not to mention Serge, the local cannibal-serial-killer with a soft side. The “Which Character from THE RETURNED Are You?” personality test results are in, and a surprising 42% of fans align with either silently intense Victor or–yikes–conflicted killer Serge. See full results below.
This morning the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominees for the 21st Annual SAG Awards, and SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN nabbed honors with the nomination of Maggie Gyllenhaal for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
Mei introduces herself to Guan Xiaopeng. After Mei goes clubbing with Xiaopeng, he agrees to ask his father to intervene on Mei’s brother’s behalf.
To prepare for her role as hostess, Mei puts on a cocktail dress and Qianyi does her makeup. Lin and Qianyi wait in the car as Mei heads into a complex. A gangster leads Mei past other women into a private room where he tells her to do whatever his clients ask.
The gangster tells Mei to strip. She protests that she’s a hostess, not a prostitute, but when the gangster angrily offers to show her the door, she complies. He gives Mei a kimono. Mei tries to spy on the proceedings as guests arrive but the gangster catches her and herds her back into place. Mei has sex with several older clients. As the criminals are closing up at the end of the day, Mei asks them to sell her cocaine.
Ajun’s unhelpful lawyer tells Mei and Qianyi that the case is unwinnable. Mei asks for help at the British consulate, but the official in charge tells her they can’t get involved.
Back at the apartment, still communicating through Qianyi, Mei tells her mother she believes Ajun is innocent, recognizes him as her brother and intends to fight for him. Overwhelmed by gratitude, Mei’s mother tells Mei that her father forced her to give her up and that abandoning Mei was the saddest moment of her life. She asks to see the burn she marked Mei with all those years ago and Mei shows her. Mei’s mother shows her a box of prized possessions, including family photos, Ajun’s childhood toys, and a tiny lock of baby Mei’s hair.
Outside a club in Guangzhou, China, young DJ Ajun watches a well-dressed Chinese youth stab an African immigrant during a drunken argument. Ajun returns home to his mother’s apartment, where police take him into custody, asking him to provide testimony about the murder.
Six months later, London university student Mei Ashley receives an e-mail from Chinese journalist and activist Qianyi Pan, who tells Mei that Ajun, her biological brother, has been sentenced to death for the murder of the African. Qianyi identifies a birthmark on Mei which she says is actually a wax burn made by her mother in hopes that they might someday be reunited. Qianyi begs Mei to come to Guangzhou and help appeal her brotherās sentence, mentioning that Meiās mother is desperate to see her and asking Mei not to tell anyone about the case.
SOL REPUBLIC and MixRadio Up the Groove Factor For “ONE CHILD” with help from DJs Abrantee and AndrewAndrew
Our friends at SOL REPUBLIC and MixRadio have joined forces with star DJs Abrantee and AndrewAndrew to create a pair of ONE CHILD-inspired playlists just in time for the series premiere tonight. Furthermore, fans on Twitter now have an opportunity to win SOL REPUBLIC headphones if they retweet said MixRadio playlists some time this weekend…
RECTIFY creator Ray McKinnon discusses fascinating characters, the South and the silver lining of life on death row.
Q: A lot of characters persecute Daniel, but the show always seems to give us a chance to see things their way. What’s the key to finding that balance?
A: I certainly think a lot of characters have made judgments and have prejudices and preconceptions about Daniel… persecution’s a little too strong of a word. But the other words that I used feel appropriate to the characters, when I think of Teddy, or even Bobby Dean in a way. And I don’t know about balance, but as far as seeing things their way, I think if you’re trying to create three dimensional characters, each character like human beings have a subjective viewpoint of the world, and that’s what we tried to understand better. Teddy’s a great example of that, trying to understand what motivates Teddy, how he sees the world. He sees the world differently than Daniel. I think Teddy believes in law and order, or he did certainly in the first season. I think that has changed over time. But if they say Daniel did it and Daniel went to a jury and the jury found that he was guilty then that’s what Teddy believes is the truth, and so Teddy goes about his life verifying things he already believes in, affirming that, and when those things get challenged it’s very difficult for Teddy to deal with that. So I think the balance maybe you’re talking about is trying to make the characters not two-dimensional but three dimensional, where they have a point of view and oftentimes–even with Teddy–that point of view could be valid. Because Daniel could have killed Hannah Dean. We don’t know that answer yet.
Q: Do you sympathize with all the characters that much, or are there exceptions? Senator Foulkes… or Trey?
A: I don’t know if I sympathize with Trey, but …
SundanceTV thanks The Asia Law Societies of the NYU, Fordham, and Harvard Law schools as well as the International Human Rights Clinic of USC Gould School of Law for supporting ONE CHILD on social media and e-mail platforms after viewing the series.
As anticipation builds for tonight’s premiere of ONE CHILD, Dec 5, 9/8C on SundanceTV, the Los Angeles Times ļ»æ, the Wall Street Journal and others highlight the quality of the series TV critic Mary McNamara calls “richly textured and beautifully ambitious.”
Before starring as Mei Ashley in the all new SundanceTV miniseries ONE CHILD, Katie Leung appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster franchise Harry Potter. Take this quiz to find out which Harry Potter character you are.
Can’t wait for the SundanceTV world premiere of ONE CHILD? Text āHELLOā to 917-809-6812 for a taste of what’s to come.
ONE CHILD poster illustrator Marcos Chin discusses unlikely inspirations, TV’s influence on illustration and brightening up NYC’s subways.
RECTIFY writer Kate Powers and series creator Ray McKinnon nabbed a nomination in the Episodic Drama category.
Still bitter that you never got a Hogwarts letter on your eleventh birthday? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly natural. With the Harry Potter personality test, however, us muggles were able to find out which witch or wizard we are.
The Are You A Good Son Or Daughter Personality Test results are in, and the good seed to bad seed ratio is a refreshing surprise.
Game of Thrones’ Donald Sumpter digs into ONE CHILD’s family dynamics, confronting desperate situations and the fearless script of writer Guy Hibbert.
Q: What drew you to the role of Jim Ashley?
I’d worked on a really excellent script by Guy in 1991 (Aimee) and was absolutely delighted to be offered this. Guy is a bold fearless writer who really ‘bites the bullet.’ When you are involved in one of his projects you know you are in something.
ONE CHILD star Katie Leung discusses sympathizing with lead character Mei, her process for getting into the role and her drastic departure from the Harry Potter franchise.
Q: What originally attracted you to ONE CHILD?
A: I knew ONE CHILD would challenge me as an actor in many ways and that audiences would be affected by the story. It’s a rare chance for people to see the emotional struggles of an adoptee and his/her parents. I also fell in love with [writer] Guy Hibbert and [executive producer] Hilary Salmon when we all first met to discuss the project so there was really no reason to say no.
ONE CHILD writer Guy Hibbert discusses the the political and social issues that drive his work, the real life inspiration for his characters and the importance of having Katie Leung in the lead role.
Q: What inspired you to write ONE CHILD?
A: I have a contact, the writer Xue Xinran, and she was the inspiration for that part of the story which is the adopting of girls during the one child policy. These girls were abandoned in the tens of thousands in China as the preferred one child was a boy. The other part of the story is about the corruption of the legal system leading to a sentence of death. I wanted to explore capital punishment. For as long as State executions take place, we need dramas and documentaries to keep on tackling the issue.
ONE CHILD director John Alexander discusses the challenges of creating main land China in London, creating a family out of strangers and how the series has more in common with a period piece than a contemporary drama.
SundanceTV announced today its next original scripted series, BABYLON, a co-production with Nightjack Ltd and Channel 4, will debut on Thu., Jan. 8, 2015 at 10/9c. The six-part comedy-drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force.
Adopted as a baby from China, college student, Mei, has had a content upbringing as the daughter of professors. When sheās contacted by her birth mother in China, she embarks on a journey of self discovery that is both dangerous and illuminating, testing her bonds to both families. Are you incredibly selfless or are you spoiled? Take this quiz to find.
On Nov. 19 and 20, storycentral DIGITAL’s CEO Alison Norrington in conjunction with SundanceTV’s VP of Digital Media & Marketing Drew Pisarra hosted a two-day lab in which 21 multimedia professionals brainstormed (and eventually pitched) inventively interactive digital ideas around SundanceTV’s THE RED ROAD Season 2, set to premiere in 2015.
Appearing in everything from high-profile literary adaptations to offbeat sci-fi, renowned character actor Donald Sumpter has one of those faces that stick with you. The talented Brit invests wildly different characters with an unmistakable blend of intelligence and intensity all his own.
THE CAPTIVE creators Stuart Hynson Culpepper and Karin Diann Williams discuss the shapeshifting performance of Michael Gladis (“Mad Men”) and what elements combine to make an enduring paranoid thriller.