Who needs the drama of Hollywood when there’s the French Riviera! In a new 10-part series from Sky Atlantic, the dark side of the Côte d’Azur raises its head in a luxuriously-set thriller by Academy Award-winning writer Neil Jordan. The world premiere is to be screened on 3rd April at MIPTV in Cannes' Palais des Festivals: the world’s most established global distribution market and leading TV and online content development event.
Jane Millichip, Managing Director AT Sky Vision says, “Thank you to the organisers of MIPTV for selecting ‘Riviera’ for the world premiere TV screening at this year’s festival. The series is set on the French Riviera and radiates glamour, style and quality. How fitting, it is making its debut at a festival in Cannes!”
Laurine Garaude, Director of the TV Division at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV, says, “What better place for Sky Vision’s world premiere TV screening of ‘Riviera’ than on the French Riviera itself. MIPTV will provide a global stage for the launch of this new series and a warm welcome to accompanying cast members and executive producers. The Cannes Film Festival has presented many Neil Jordan films including ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Not I,’ and we couldn’t be happier to present his new original production for Sky at MIPTV for an audience of top buyers, media and other decision-makers from around the world.”
With the dazzling French Riviera and its infamous excesses as its backdrop, the stylish and sun-kissed tale charters the moral descent of Georgina Clios (played by Julia Stiles of the Bourne trilogy, Dexter and 10 Things I Hate About You), a smart and resourceful art curator who is thrown into turmoil when her husband of one year is presumed dead following a mysterious explosion on board a Russian oligarch and arm dealer’s mega-yacht.
Unhappy with the police investigation into billionaire Constantine Clios’ death, Georgina strikes out on her own to uncover the truth,encountering the corrupt and depraved world of the filthy rich. The reality of her husband’s part in the ‘complex web of deceit and depravity’ is revealed as she begins to realise what kind of man she married.
Stiles has commented on the series, saying, “Shooting ‘Riviera’ has been such an experience already. The locations we’re using are stunning and the cast is really solid. In the centre of the show we have this world of luxury and excess with Georgina as the heroine of the piece. The show is driven by a number of powerful female characters, such as Irina, the first wife of her husband Constantine, played by Lena Olin. They both radiate power, but in different ways. The show takes you into the hidden world of the super-rich - it's glamourous, it's unpredictable. All is not what it seems.”
Starring alongside the actress in the show, which is based on an original story by former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, is a compelling cast of Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Academy Award nominee Lena Olin (Vinyl, Chocolat) and Adrian Lester (Undercover, London Spy). Riviera is due to be launched later in 2017.