Netflix went shopping at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picking up the sci-fi thriller “I Am Mother” starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby), up-and-comer Clara Rugaard (Teen Spirit, Good Favour), and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Rose Byrne (Instant Family, X-Men: Apocalypse).
The film follows a teenage girl (Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind.
Netflix went on to describe the story adding “The pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions.”
The robot depicted is created by the special effects team at WETA Workshop (Lord of the Rings, Avatar).
The video streaming service acquired the North American rights to the film, after previously locking several international territories. Grant Sputore directed “I Am Mother,” which also serves as his feature film debut. Sputore directed from a screenplay written by Michael Lloyd Green.
Kelvin Munro produced the film for The Penguin Empire, with Timothy White for Southern Light Films. Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti served as Executive Producers for Rhea Films, with Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Bryce Menzies, Grant Sputore, Philip Wade, and John Wade. Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green served as co-producers on the project.
Netflix also announced that Priyanka Chopra and Madhu Chopra’s Marathi production Firebrand will premiere exclusively on Netflix, in 190 countries on 22 February 2019. The film features award-winning Marathi actors like Usha Jadhav, Girish Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar and Rajeshwari Sachdev.
“Firebrand” is directed by National Award winner Aruna Raje and also the first digital venture that Priyanka and Dr. Madhu Chopra’s production house Purple Pebble Pictures has made.
The film is Netflix’s first licensed original film in Marathi. The story follows the life of a successful lawyer who herself is sexual assault victim, played by Usha Jadhav, who is dealing with PTSD. She tackles difficult family cases while also coping with intimacy issues in her own marriage. Girish Kulkarni expertly essays the role of her husband Madhav Patkar, an architect by profession. The film revolves around trials and tribulations of contemporary modern day relationships.