The emotional family drama series, Butterfly, has been acquired by Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC. The deal with Fremantle, will see the Red Productions 3 x 60’ mini-series launch on CBC in late winter 2019. The drama follows the story of an 11-year old boy who makes the life-changing decision of wanting to live life as a girl.
Created and penned by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant and starring International Emmy award-winning actress Anna Friel (Marcella, Broken), Butterfly is a heartfelt and sensitive drama about the complex relationship between separated parents. Vicky (Anna Friel) and Stephen (Emmett J. Scanlan) are divided in opinion over how to support their youngest child, Max (Callum Booth-Ford). From a young age, Max has identified as a girl but has tried to suppress these feelings to earn Stephen’s approval.
Michela Di Mondo, SVP, International, Canada, Fremantle, said: “Butterfly is an incredibly raw and emotive drama that tackles the difficult issues surrounding gender dysphoria. We are proud to be partnering with CBC to bring the drama to Canada and are confident viewers will be moved by the standout story and the powerful performances from the outstanding cast.”
Jenna Bourdeau, Senior Director, Acquisitions, CBC, said: “With its nuanced approach to such a timely and intimate story, Butterfly is a wonderful example of the type of best-in-class international content that CBC is seeking in its acquisitions. We are proud to share this relevant drama with our audiences.”
Butterfly was commissioned by ITV and produced by RED Production Company and AENON. The series was written, created, and executive produced by Tony Marchant. Nicola Shindler, Caroline Hollick and Adam Kemp are executive producers. The series is distributed globally by Fremantle.