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Element Pictures adaptation of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends secures several international pre-sales
10 Jun 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Director Lenny Abrahamson on set of Normal People.
Element Pictures and Lenny Abrahamson’s TV Adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends has presold to a host of leading global broadcasters and platforms.

Endeavor Content, who is handling the global distribution for the project, has secured deals with Amazon Prime Video (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa), HBO Max EMEA (Spain, Portugal, Nordics, CEE, Netherlands, Baltics), SYN (Iceland), and Wavve (Korea).

Conversations With Friends marks the creative team’s second collaboration following the TV adaption-turned-global phenomenon, Normal People, which broke BBC iPlayer viewing figures and was nominated for several Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

“We are so thrilled to be re-uniting with our friends at Endeavor Content as they lead the charge in selling this show internationally,” said Element producers, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe. We loved working with them on Normal People and know we are in brilliant hands on Conversations With Friends.”

Commissioned by BBC Three in the UK and Hulu in the US, the series stars emerging talent Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane (American HoneyThe Miseducation Of Cameron Post), Joe Alwyn (The FavouriteBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) and Jemima Kirke (Sex Education, Girls). Academy Award nominee and Normal Peopledirector Lenny Abrahamson shares directorial duties with Leanne Welham (PiliHis Dark Materials).

“Having had such a great experience working on Normal People, I’m so excited, along with our brilliant cast, crew and everyone at Element Pictures, to be bringing Sally’s wonderful first novel to the screen,” said director Lenny Abrahamson. “I think, like our first collaboration with Sally, Conversations with Friends has a unique combination of the specific and local with a kind of universal appeal. I’m delighted that we are partnering once again with Endeavor Content to get the show to viewers all around the world.”

Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances (Oliver) is observant, cerebral, and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Lane) is self-assured, outspoken, and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin.

 It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa (Kirke), an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick (Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.

“Conversations With Friends is a highly anticipated series from some of the best creatives in the business and following our collaboration on the sensation that is Normal People, we’re excited to be partnering with them once again to find the perfect homes for this series across the globe,” added Prentiss Fraser, EVP Television Distribution at Endeavor Content. “With our deep-rooted market understanding and relationships - we’ve secured a group of leading platforms and broadcasters ideally positioned to bring this title to an international audience,” 

The 12x30 drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally Rooney. On board as executive producers are Ed Guiney (Normal PeopleThe FavouriteRoomThe Lobster), Emma Norton (Normal PeopleRosieThe Souvenir: Part II) and Andrew Lowe (Normal PeopleThe Favourite) for Element Pictures, Rose Garnett (Normal People, The FavouriteThe Souvenir) and Tommy Bulfin (Normal People, Line of DutyPeaky Blinders) for the BBC and Lenny Abrahamson. Catherine Magee (Normal PeopleResistanceRebellion) is series producer and Jeanie Igoe (RamyMiss JuneteenthThe Green Knight) is producer. Alice Birch (Normal PeopleSuccessionLady Macbeth), Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It), and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession) have adapted the novel for TV.

Following Sally Rooney’s critically acclaimed debut novel Conversations With Friends, she was awarded 2017’s Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award. Her literary phenomenon of the following year, Normal People, was adapted for TV by Element Pictures, alongside Sally Rooney, Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe and directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald. The Emmy and TCA-nominated, BAFTA and RTS-winning show starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal received huge critical acclaim following transmission, and global sales on the title are handled by Endeavor Content. 

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