Independent specialty channel OUTtv is premiering its first original Canadian mini-series, Sex & Violence.
Produced by Halifax’s Emotion Pictures, the 6 X 60 minute dramatic series was shot on location in Nova Scotia. Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden, Cloudburst) wrote and directed.
The original series highlights OUTtv’s commitment to Canadian television production; Film and Cultural Industries Nova Scotia and the Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund also supported the financing of Sex & Violence.
OUTtv notes the work it has done in commissioning and producing original content, including Men’s Fashion Insider, season 3 of Favourite Places, Beautiful People and now, Sex & Violence.
The new series stars Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Tales of the City), Gemini winners Jennie Raymond (The Associates) and Jackie Torrens (Made in Canada), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave, An Angel at My Table), along with Canadian Idol alum Naomi-Joy Blackhall.
The series looks at the lives of professionals who work in the aftermath of domestic violence, and it chronicles their struggles to maintain healthy, intimate personal relationships while working daily with people caught in violent and dysfunctional lives.
“As an independent Canadian channel, we’re delighted to be working with the multi-talented Thom Fitzgerald,” said OUTtv COO Brad Danks. “And it’s a thrill to have Academy Award- winner Olympia Dukakis involved both as the star and Executive Producer. At 82, she proves that there are still strong roles for women in television.”
New episodes air Sundays; an encore of episode 1 airs this Friday, Nov. 22.