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Non English Language Drama


Theme Festival - Non-English-Language Drama

About this Festival

Non-English-language drama has moved beyond noir to provide a stylish alternative for audiences who now have a voracious appetite for subtitled drama. This festival shines a light on some of the most distinguished shows on offer from international suppliers.

Programming Profile

Speaking in tongues


While the coronavirus pandemic forced countless productions to be delayed or suspended, the market for non-English-language drama continues to attract new audiences. But what new series are coming to market and how are distributors responding to changing industry dynamics? Michael Pickard reports.


For three months, the television drama industry has been on pause. Despite some rare exceptions, sets have been left deserted as the global coronavirus pandemic saw lockdowns and quarantines brought into force.


Now, however, the green shoots of recovery are starting to appear, with filming resuming across Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, while other national bodies are setting out the requirements needed to protect the health and well-being of cast and crews, with particular regard to social distancing.


But while new content may be delayed, television drama has never been more in demand as broadcasters and SVoD platforms serve captive audiences stuck at home, with viewers tuning into new shows or hoping to catch up on those they might have missed.