RubyRock Pictures is launching, run by founder Zoë Rocha (“Borderline”, “Moone Boy”), former MD of The Fyzz Facility TV. Rocha is joined by Catherine Freeman, formerly at The Fyzz Facility, who comes on board as Development Executive for RubyRock.
The production banner has a slate of original programming in active development including: “The Heartless”, written by Lucie Barât (“Spotless”) and executive produced by her brother, co-frontman of The Libertines Carl Barât; and feminist horror anthology “Her Horror”.
Zoë Rocha, founder of RubyRock Pictures says: “RubyRock Pictures is built on the foundation of the decade I have spent in this industry working with incredible creators like Stephen Fry, Chris O’Dowd, and Julian Fellowes making offbeat, funny, original television. I’m excited to be taking that to the next level under this new banner, and welcoming creatives like Lucie & Carl Barât to come and break the rules with me.”
“The Heartless” is a semi-autobiographical snapshot of the indie scene in early noughties London, inspired by creator Lucie Barât’s own experience of that time, and the journey of her brother’s hugely successful band. This is not the story of The Libertines – though it will borrow heavily. With an original soundtrack written by Lucie & Carl Barât, the series follows Sally, who returns to the UK after a year in Australia and finds herself thrust into the hedonistic, high intensity world of her childhood friends, siblings Asher (Lewis Rainer – A Hologram for the King, “Death Comes to Pemberley”) and Anna (Hannah Dodd – “Harlots”). Asher is in rising indie band The Heartless with his volatile frontwoman Marion (Ellie James – “Giri/Haji”). The group is on the cusp of making it big, but the chaotic trio are always one step away from tearing everything apart.
Created by Zara Symes, “Her Horror” is a feminist horror anthology which examines the varied spectrum of the female experience through the versatile prism of horror, providing a platform for a collective of both experienced and emerging female talent to reclaim a genre which has so often brutalised women. Far from showing women as victims, “Her Horror” will take glory in their true strength of survival. The anthology will be presented at MIA Rome’s Drama Series Pitching Forum this month and is a coproduction with Clipper Media.
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