Newly formed company Paper Entertainment is developing drama series Your Eyes with Killing Eve writer Isis Davis.
It marks the first project for Paper Entertainment, founded earlier this year by Julien Leroux to develop, finance and produce global television content.
Your Eyes is a story about family, race and identity, told from the experience of an unconventionally diverse modern family. It is based on the feature film and series Il a Déjà Tes Yeux, created by Lucien Jean-Baptiste and Sébastien Mounier and Marie-Françoise Colombani. A format deal has been secured with Nolita Cinema, Nolita TV, Ango Productions and TF1 Studio.
Staunch black rights Activist Yinka Oppong and her Rastafarian husband Paul had waited on the adoption list for years. When the call finally came, they had the shock of their lives when presented with a white, blue-eyed bundle of joy. Sixteen years later, Paul and Yinka now have three teenagers: their adopted white son, Benny, and black biological twins, Theo and Lola. Wanting to shield their children from the realities of systemic racism and the truth behind their own past beliefs and prejudices, Paul and Yinka have raised their children colour-blind in their liberal, multicultural city neighbourhood. But when Paul gets a new high-profile job, the family moves to an affluent, predominantly white town miles away. Now the family must fight to stay together in a place that is trying to tear them apart.
Isis Davis won the Best Script Award at the 2017 British Urban Film Festival for her screenplay Draw and joined the writing teams for Killing Eve and upcoming BBC series Champion. As an actor, she has appeared in The Secret Garden (Sky Cinema), Silent Witness (BBC1), Electric Dreams (Channel 4) and the films Bruno and Lie Low.
“As a mixed-race woman growing up in the 90’s, I experienced prejudice because my parents were a different race from me,” says Davis. “Now, I have two beautiful little girls of different races, one brown and one white and that is why this project is so close to my heart.”
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