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Bannan secures first international sale

Bannan Series 6 will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Saturday 22nd June at 1825 where Young Films will be delighted to announce news of the first international sale of the show.

Chris Young, Executive Producer of Bannan said: “France is a brilliant territory in which to make our first international sale and it is exciting to think that French audiences will enjoy Bannan both in Breton dubbed versions and subtitled in French. This demonstrates that the show can perform in the global market place and I very much hope we will see more sales in other territories. With this kind of drama you need volume to break through internationally and as we move towards 15 completed hours it’s great to begin our international distribution.”

Series 6 of Bannan picks up three years after the last series left off. Isla’s prosperity following the death of Pàdruig creates exciting opportunities and surprising relationships within the community, but the news of her wealth attracts a serious – potentially fatal – threat to the residents of Camus.

Emanuele Galloni from Videoplugger, the international distribution company said: “Bannan is a TV drama that kept renewing itself successfully over the years, attracting different audiences for various reasons. Recently its ambiance, style, and tone have taken the series closer to Nordic noir and has attracted a younger audience. Still, Bannan does this with a very original approach to the genre that makes it stand out. We’re proud to have taken Bannan abroad and we’re looking forward to seeing more and more takers.”

Bannan producer, Sarah Jane Campbell, leads a talented team of emerging and established drama professionals, including the directing team of Mairead Hamilton, Alasdair MacLean and John Murdo MacAulay.  New onscreen talent in the new series includes Lana Pheutan and Iain MacKay. Series 7 begins shooting in September, with Series 6 airing on BBC ALBA from mid-September.

Iseabail Mactaggart, MG ALBA’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships, said: “This is a significant announcement for Bannan and Young Films and it demonstrates that BBC ALBA’s content can also be used to drive the growth of our suppliers. International distribution is one of many examples of how we’re doing this, including co-production and co-financing deals – all with the intention to deliver new and innovative content for our audience.”

Young Films Foundation’s second Skye residency kicks off on Monday 24th June after the Edinburgh screening, with a number of the Bannan team involved, and a glittering array of visiting talent including the makers of hit show Derry Girls, Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas and Killing Eve writer Francesca Gardiner.

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