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UK writer, producer form Donut Films

Gender identity drama They, Them, Us is set in a women’s football team

Scriptwriter and journalist Jane Marlow and producer Virginia Orr have launched a new UK production company called Donut Films, focusing on drama and comedy.

The London-based outfit already has a deal with Canadian LGBTQ+ network OUTtv for a gender identity-themed drama called They, Them, Us.

The 8×30’ relationship drama is set among a group of 20-something friends who are exploring their sexuality, identity and gender. Set against the background of a women’s football team, series one follows Suze, a gay woman who is making the journey to a non-binary identity.

Jane Marlow

Marlow says: “They, Them, Us is a story that reflects how young adults in 2020 are exploring their sexuality and gender identity in more detail and more freely than previous generations.

“We wanted to make a show with high emotional stakes that is hooky and returnable and also authentic.”

Donut Films shot a test-of-concept pilot in November 2019 after working with gay, trans, non-binary and straight actors in the development process. Award-winning artist, filmmaker and campaigner Fox Fisher from My Genderation also came on board for the pilot as story consultant.

It has also been selected as one of 10 in-development projects to be screened at France’s Série Series festival this month.

Marlow’s career spans screenwriting, TV industry journalism and content production. Her TV career started as a storyliner on ITV soap Coronation Street and she went on to write for EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Doctors and Bad Girls.

Virginia Orr

Orr’s career began in luxury fashion retail project management, working with brands such as Ralph Lauren, Comme des Garçons, Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein.

Marlow and Orr have produced successful short films in a freelance capacity, including Dancing Alone and 2018’s Take Me Back.

Orr said: “Donut Films formalises the success that Jane and I achieved with our short film Take Me Back and which looks set to continue with They Them Us. Our creative and business skills dovetail well – Jane’s TV knowledge and scriptwriting experience complement my expertise in transforming creative businesses into sound business propositions.

“The deal with OUTtv and the backing of Série Series show that it’s a formula that works, both creatively and commercially.”

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