Mon, 05 Sept|
[FULLY BOOKED] Inside Crossfire: In-person screening and Q&A with the creative team
Join WFTV, the BBC and Dancing Ledge Productions for a screening and in conversation with the creative team of major new three-part BBC One and TVE drama Crossfire, chaired by Anna Smith.
Time & Location
05 Sept 2022, 18:30 – 21:30 BST
About the Event
**Please note this is an in-person event.**
Monday 5 September, 18:30 – 21:30
Central London - address will be shared in the email confirmation.
Tickets are limited to one per member.
Join WFTV, the BBC and Dancing Ledge Productions for a screening and in conversation with some of the creative team behind major new three-part BBC One and TVE drama Crossfire, including actor and Executive Producer Keeley Hawes, creator, writer and Executive Producer Louise Doughty and actor Josette Simon, chaired by broadcaster and film critic Anna Smith.
Crossfire is a major new three-part drama coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer starring Keeley Hawes (Finding Alice, It’s A Sin, Bodyguard) from Dancing Ledge Productions, the makers of the hugely popular The Salisbury Poisonings. Created and written by Louise Doughty (author of Apple Tree Yard), her first original series for television, Crossfire is set in a luxurious resort in the Canary Islands.
Sunbathing on her hotel room balcony while on a dream holiday with her family and friends, Jo’s (Keeley Hawes) world is turned upside down when shots ring out across the complex. Gunmen, out for revenge, have, in an instant, turned a slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell. A story of survival and resilience, Crossfire is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller yet also emotional, intimate and relatable. With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.
Crossfire is a co-production with the BBC and Spanish free-to-air broadcaster TVE, in a deal struck by Fremantle, and in association with Buddy Club Productions.
18:15: Guest arrivals
18:30: Screening begins
19:35: Host-led discussion with Keeley Hawes, Louise Doughty, Josette Simon and Anna Smith
20:15: Q&A ends, reception
Keeley Hawes is one of the UK’s best-loved actors. Her extensive list of television credits includes leading roles in Honour (ITV) and Finding Alice (ITV), along with a standout role in Russell T Davies' hit It’s a Sin (Channel 4). She has been nominated for three BAFTAs for her appearances in Mrs Wilson (BBC), Line of Duty (BBC) and Bodyguard (BBC). She can most recently be seen in The Midwich Cuckoos (Sky) and will appear in Crossfire (BBC) and Stonehouse (ITV). Keeley’s recent film credits include Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour and a leading role in Sky’s To Olivia. After 30 years in the industry, Keeley set up her own production company Buddy Club Productions in 2019, which has since created Honour, Finding Alice and the upcoming Crossfire.
Louise Doughty is the author of nine novels including the no. 1 bestseller Apple Tree Yard, which was adapted by Amanda Coe and made into a hit BBC One television series starring Emily Watson. First broadcast in 2017, it reached consolidated viewing figures of 7 million per episode, making it the most watched new drama since The Night Manager. Her ninth novel, Platform Seven, is being adapted by Paula Milne and is in pre-production. Doughty's fiction has been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women's Prize), the Costa Novel Award and the Sunday Times Short Story Prize and translated into thirty languages worldwide. Crossfire is her first work for television.
Josette Simon OBE is an award winning actress who has worked extensively in television, theatre and film. In 2000 Josette was awarded an OBE for services to drama. In April 2022 Josette starred alongside Rupert Friend, Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery in the highly popular Netflix drama series Anatomy of a Scandal. Based on the international best-selling novel by Sarah Vaughan and created by Emmy winner David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards), the 6-part courtroom thriller focuses on the personal and political scandals of Britain’s elite.
Later in 2022 Josette will be seen play a leading role in the BBC One 3-part series Crossfire – starring and executively produced by Keeley Hawes. In a glittering career spanning decades Josette has featured in numerous high profile dramas including roles such as the Dryad Queen in Netflix’s The Witcher, Lydia Thomas in BBC 1’s Small Axe, Cynthia Akuffo in Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, DCS Camberwell in Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and Desiderata in Halo for Paramount + to name but a few. Notable film roles include Lead Witch’s (Anne Hathaway) right hand woman Zelda in Robert Zemeckis’s fantasy-comedy The Witches, Mnemosyne in Warner Bros’s Wonder Woman, Grams in Warner Bros Detective Pikachu, Corinne in Red Lights with Robert De Niro & Sigourney Weaver and Dr Ramphele in Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom. Josette worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years alongside British luminaries Antony Sher, Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon and Derek Jacobi. For the RSC she has played several of Shakespeare’s prime female roles; one of the most celebrated being Cleopatra, in Iqbal Khan’s Antony & Cleopatra in Stratford and London. Josette also won the Evening Standard’s Best Performance by an Actress award for her role as Maggie in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall at the National along with multiple other Best Actress awards for that role. Josette trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She currently resides in London.
Host - Anna Smith is a broadcaster and one of the UK’s top film critics. She is the former President of the UK Critics’ Circle, the host of the Girls On Film podcast and a regular film critic for BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio, Deadline Hollywood, Time Out, Metro, The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Empire and more. She has spent over a decade interviewing major actors and directors on stage, on screen and in print. A former magazine editor, Anna decided to go freelance in 2000, and has since enjoyed stints as Acting Film Editor of both Time Out London and Metro UK Newspaper.
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