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Pitchees: Thembisa Cochrane (writer/producer), Georgie Paget (writer/producer), Heather Millard (producer), Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir (producer)

Morris & Co
England, 1855. Edward Burne Jones (aka Ned) and William Morris are young, idealistic and will remain the best of friends for the rest of their lives. Ned’s sweetheart, the forthright and bright Georgiana Macdonald (Georgie) shares their determination to make the world a better place.

Through a love of art and architecture, these three find their way to renowned artist and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who inspires them to take up a bohemian residence in London. There, Morris meets and proposes marriage to the woman of his dreams, Jane – shy, uneducated, once desired for domestic service. When Ned and Georgie get married, it closes a circle of friends who will soon face trouble in their earthly paradise.

The couples endure complicated and terrifying pregnancies, the tragic suicide of Rossetti’s artist wife and financial troubles in their joint venture, The Firm. In between affairs, adventures and obsessions with sagas and knights, each one of them faces the clash between their dreams and fantasies and the very real moral complexity around them. Morris goes on a life-changing journey to Iceland; Georgie finds her way to political action, inspired by the rise and fall of the Paris commune; Jane learns to express her own personal yearnings; and Ned emerges from a scandalous affair with the courage to stand by his wife.

Project Information:
Genre: Biographical period drama
Format: 6x60'
Writers: Thembisa Cochrane and Georgie Paget (more TBC)
Director: TBC
Producers: Michael Auret, Heather Millard, Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, Thembisa Cochrane, Georgie Paget
Partners: Spier Films (UK and Iceland), Logndrifa (Iceland), Caspian Films (UK)
Development stage: Bible and episode treatments available. The next step for us is to approach showrunners/writers and directors for the series as well as raise development finance in order to attach talent and commence script writing.
Planned shooting start:2022/23
Shooting location: UK and Iceland
Languages: Primarily English and limited Icelandic (during Iceland episode)
Total budget: €10.8m
Budget per episode: €1.8m
Financing already in place: Producer investment for development. This is the first time we are presenting the project to potential partners.

Looking for from the International Business:
Our C21 Digital Pitch will be the first time that we share Morris & Co with any prospective partners. We are looking for financiers that can help to propel the development of the series in order to attract and attach a high-calibre showrunner and to start script writing. We are also looking for broadcast/streamer partners that are interested in commissioning/coproducing the series. In addition to this, we hope to attract casting agents and talent agents through our presentation of Morris & Co.

Company profile:
Spier Films is a motion picture production company with offices in London, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Reykjavik. We develop, produce and service films and series unrestricted by form, genre or platform. Spier Films’ motion pictures have garnered both critical and commercial success by working with highly acclaimed producers and cast.

The company launched in 2004 with the Golden Bear-winning U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005), followed up by Son of Man (Sundance 2006). Since then, Spier Films has produced international feature films and series including the period drama feature and miniseries The Price of Sugar, feature The Salvation, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Escape from Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and The Professionals (2020), a 10-part action series starring Brendan Fraser and Tom Welling

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