We’re so excited to announce that we are VFX partner on the upcoming Ridley Road, a new four-part drama series produced by RED Production Company (a STUDIOCANAL company), with Producer Betsan Morris-Evans and BAFTA-award-winning executive producer Nicola Shindler (Years and Years, Happy Valley). The series was written and adapted for television by award-winning writer Sarah Solemani (Barry, Aphrodite Fry) from the critically acclaimed novel by Jo Bloom, and was directed by Lisa Mulcahy.
Ridley Road is a thriller set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven’t seen: an East End world where far right fascism is on the rise. Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein, leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with them.
When she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend has been badly injured, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London. And, as Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation, both her courage and loyalties are challenged.
Alongside invisible VFX work, REALTIME provided on-set supervision with our North West-based veteran VFX Supervisor Sue Land, who was supported in production by Senior Producer Fiona York and Head of Production Jane Forsyth.
Says Executive Producer, Jonathan Rawlinson, “We are thrilled to be working with a local production company in Manchester and feel very lucky to play a part in telling this story, which despite being set over 50 years ago has an important and timely message about the threat of anti-Semitism.”
The series will premiere on BBC One and PBS Masterpiece later this year.