Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser.

World Screen Newsflash

May 7, 2020

ZDF Enterprises

Creator John Morton on Darkly Comedic Drama Dead Still

Inspired by the real-life trend of post-mortem photography in the Victorian era, Dead Still blends mystery and drama with gallows humor and a touch of the macabre. It centers on Brock Blennerhasset, Ireland’s foremost memorial photographer, played by Michael Smiley (Luther, Wire in the Blood). Blennerhasset is supported in his endeavors by Conall Molloy, his loyal and efficient assistant—played by Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones, Victoria)—and Nancy Vickers, his young niece charged with helping run his business—played by Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn, Mary Queen of Scots).

In the world of Dead Still, Blennerhasset is the pioneer of the practice of memorial photography in Ireland. As the story of Dead Still begins in late 1880, the practice itself is at the beginning of the end (so to speak) and will have died out for the most part by the end of the following decade. Once a photographic prodigy in Ireland and a pioneer of the daguerreotype (an early photographic method that captures an image on an iodine sensitized silvered plate), Blennerhasset is now struggling to keep up with the times. He tries to revive his business after an accident, with the help of Molloy, who is a former gravedigger, and his once-estranged niece.


Meanwhile, it appears someone more sinister is getting in on the death-photography game. A detective begins to investigate a series of murders in Dublin’s criminal underbelly and concludes that the serial killer may be cashing in on a taste for a different type of memorial imagery: pictures of people in the throes of death. As the body count begins to rise, Blennerhasset, Molloy and Vickers must stop a murderer intent on ending not just their business, but their lives.

The Irish-Canadian co-production premieres exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Acorn TV with two episodes on May 18, followed by one new episode every Monday through June 15. The six-episode series will also be airing on RTÉ. Acorn Media Enterprises has all rights in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., and ZDF Enterprises distributes the series in the rest of the world.

Dead Still comes from the creative mind of John Morton, who created and co-wrote the series with Imogen Murphy. From his home in Ireland, Morton spoke to Kristin Brzoznowski, World Screen’s executive editor, via video conference to discuss the approach to crafting the show.

See ZDF Enterprises’ Spring 2020 Showcase here.

More from ZDF Enterprises on WorldScreenings.com

Dead Still

***Video***(Crime/suspense, 6x50 min.) A macabre comedy about the strange adventures of Blennerhasset and Molloy, Dublin’s most famed memorial photographers.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com


***Video***(Crime/suspense drama, 8x45 min.) Contemporary storytelling meets the decadence of Vienna in the 1890s, as Freud unwittingly becomes part of a nerve-racking investigation into a murderous conspiracy.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com


***Video***(Crime/suspense drama, 4x90 min./8x45 min.) From the showrunner of Netflix’s Dogs of Berlin, this modern epic mixes coming-of-age drama with pandemic thriller to tell the story of a group of islanders confronted with a fatal virus.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Wild District

***Video***(Crime/suspense, 20x60 min.) John Jeiver, a.k.a. Yei Yei, was kidnapped by the FARC at 13 and trained as a one-man army. After the Colombian peace agreements, Yei Yei escapes to Bogotá, where he looks after his mother and a teenage son.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Top Dog

***Video***(Crime/suspense drama, 8x45 min.) Ambitious Swedish lawyer Emily wants to solve a kidnapping. Ex-con Teddy just wants out of the Mafia. Together they are unstoppable.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Great Inventions

***Video***(Science/knowledge, 35x50 min.) A celebration of humankind's great inventions that have completely transformed our world, from rather mundane household breakthroughs to spectacular innovations in technology and science.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Anthropocene—The Rise of Humans

***Video***(Science/knowledge, 3x50 min.) This stunning and optimistic portrait reveals cutting-edge scientific and societal solutions to our planet's greatest danger: the devastating impact of humans on planet Earth.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Forensics—The Science of Crime

***Video***(Science/tech., 3x50 min.) Hidden behind the laboratory doors of the forensic institutes, universities and research centers, experts uncover important information on how to convict the perpetrators. As methods constantly evolve, they have become the real heroes in the fight against the “perfect crime.”
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Heirs of the Night

***Video***(Kids live action, 26x26 min.) Ailsa and her classmates at vampire school were once mortal enemies, but they must unite to defeat Dracula and save the world from eternal darkness.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com


***Video***(Live-action junior, 13x26 min.) Caro’s family is forced to move to the city due to her mother’s illness. In a school full of strangers, she has to start again from scratch: making new friends, navigating her way up high school’s tricky hierarchical ladder.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Visit ZDF Enterprises’s Screening Room here.

ZDF Enterprises Contacts: Fred Burcksen, President & CEO; Ralf Rueckauer, VP, ZDFE.unscripted; Peter Lang, VP, ZDFE.junior; Robert Franke, VP, ZDFE.drama.


Subscribe | Video | Feedback | Advertise | RSS | Twitter | App: Android - iOS | LinkedIn

Want to be featured in an upcoming WorldScreenings? Contact Ricardo Guise.

This email was sent to you by World Screen. To ensure that it is not labeled as spam, please add worldscreenings@worldscreen.com to your address book. If you would like to unsubscribe from WorldScreenings please go here.

If you were forwarded WorldScreenings and want your own copy, or would like to sign up for any of our other newsletters, please click here. For other subscription questions, please contact Dana Mattison.

Copyright © 2020 World Screen. 1123 Broadway, Suite 1207, New York, NY 10010, U.S.A.

WorldScreenings is a World Screen publication. No part of WorldScreenings can be used, reprinted, copied or stored in any medium without the publisher's authorization.