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Dark Mon£y Screening and Q&A with Lewis Arnold and Mark Pybus

  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 200 Jennens Road Birmingham B4 7XR (map)

Screen Central, in association with Vermillion Films, presents an exciting evening with Birmingham-born director Lewis Arnold and executive producer Mark Pybus of The Forge.

Their new 4-part BBC drama Dark Mon£y was shot in the city at the end of last year and we are delighted to welcome Lewis and Mark to Birmingham to screen Episode 1 of this exciting new drama. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

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Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019

Time: 6pm – 8.30pm

Location: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham B4 7XR

Dark Mon£y

Dark Mon£y a new four-part drama written by Levi David Addai and directed by Lewis Arnold is coming to BBC One this July.

The series will air on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July and concludes the following week on Monday and Tuesday.

Dark Mon£y tells the fictional story of The Mensahs, an ordinary working-class family from North London whose youngest son has recently finished filming a major Hollywood movie role. But Manny and Sam’s world is shattered when Isaac reveals he was abused whilst out in America by a renowned filmmaker.

Although guilt-ridden, the family decide to accept a substantial pay-off to keep silent, believing the money will help start a new life, enable them to heal and avoid the publicity hell of pressing charges against a celebrity. They are wrong. Damage runs deep, and the price of taking the money may be too high.

The drama stars Babou Ceesay, Jill Halfpenny, Rebecca Front, Susan Wokoma, Olive Gray, Ellen Thomas, Arnold Oceng, Joseph May and Rudi Dharmalingam. It was produced by The Forge with Mark Pybus and George Faber executive producers alongside Lucy Richer at the BBC.

Lewis Arnold, Director

Prior to directing DARK MON£Y for BBC One and The Forge, Lewis directed the first four episodes of CLEANING UP for Sister Pictures. Lewis was also responsible for developing the six-part drama with up and coming writer, Mark Marlow. The show stars Sheridan Smith and is set within London’s financial world and aired on ITV in 2019.

His previous credits include BROADCHURCH and HUMANS, which became Channel 4's most successful original drama in over 20 years when it aired in 2015. After directing two episodes on series one, he was asked back a year later to direct the lead block of the second series for Kudos and AMC.

It was on graduating from the NFTS in March 2013, that Lewis embarked on directing his first TV project, directing with two episodes of the final series of BAFTA-winning C4 show, MISFITS. He followed this up by directing the first four episodes of Russell T Davies’s new E4 show, BANANA, and was named a Broadcast Magazine Hotshot 2014 for his work on both shows.

His short films CHARLIE SAYS and ECHO, made whilst studying his MA in Directing Fiction at the National Film and Television School, screened at a host of international film festivals, picking up various awards including a National Film Award for Best Short.

Lewis has a host of projects in development including DES, a four-part crime drama with New Pictures, as well as feature film projects BULLY and PLAYING DEAD.

Mark Pybus, Executive Producer

Mark joined The Forge from Company Pictures where he produced Uncle Adolf, Wallis & Edward, both for ITV, and Einstein & Eddington, Women in Love and Wolf Hall for the BBC. For The Forge, Mark has executive produced The Last Post, a Peter Moffat series for the BBC which transmitted in 2017, and Collateral, written by David Hare, which aired on BBC2 in early 2018. Currently he is executive producing Dark Mon£y, a four-part original drama series for BBC1 written by BAFTA-winning writer Levi David Addai.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of Vemillion Films