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Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has announced the commission of its “landmark event drama” for 2019, a dark gothic tale called Lambs of God.

Foxtel LambsOfGod Cast JESSICA BARDEN ANN DOWD SAM REID ESSIE DAVIS 14 May 2018Based on the Marele Day’s novel of the same name, the twisted and macabre tale will be translated to the screen by an international cast, led by Emmy Award-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaids Tale, The Leftovers).

A four part series, Lambs of God focuses on three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent by the coast. Their lives are turned upside down when an ambitious young priest, Father Ignatius (Sam Reid), accidentally stumbles across the three Sisters as he arrives on a mission from the Church.

Joining Ann Dowd in the convent are Australian actress Essie Davis (Game of Thrones, The Slap, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Babadook, and the upcoming The True History of The Kelly Gang), and UK actress, Jessica Barden (The End Of The F*****World, The Lobster).

“Lambs of God is a lush, evocative drama that is both ancient and incredibly modern, with its timeless message of resilience, and the power of story-telling as a redemptive force,” said Penny Win, head of drama, Foxtel.

“Marele Day’s unique novel stayed with me long after I’d finished reading it, and screenwriter Sarah Lambert has taken the story and enriched it in ways that are fresh and engaging. At every creative level, the talent attached to this project is world-class, and we are very proud to be working with Lingo Pictures to bring to life this truly unique series.”

Lingo Pictures producer Jason Stephens said: “There are few stories as original as Lambs of God. Pitched to Foxtel as “Feral Nuns in a Monastery”, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver something that is truly different to any other drama produced before in Australia.

“Lambs of God is already generating an enormous buzz thanks to its compelling script and the prestigious cast and crew that it has attracted. It’s a joy to work with Foxtel and have their unwavering support as we start to roll cameras on this moving, thrilling and often darkly humorous tale.”

The series has been adapted for the screen by writer/showrunner Sarah Lambert (Love Child, A Place To Call Home, Dance Academy, Love My Way), and will be directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Ali’s Wedding, Dance Academy, Super Fun Night, Rake, Jack Irish).

Cinematographer and Academy Award-nominee Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, X Men Origins: Wolverine, The Dressmaker) will make his first foray into television drama as director of photography, with the series filmed on locations across Sydney, The Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast and Tasmania.

“We feel, that with the incredible line-up of international cast - alongside the top notch creative team - will have huge appeal to many markets around the world,” said Moreyba Bidessie, scripted acquisition manager, Sky Vision – which is representing the show internationally.

The drama has now commenced production at Fox Studios Australia, following investment funding from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, the Tasmanian Government (through Screen Tasmania), and Endemol Shine Australia.