Gillian Anderson’s UK crime drama The Fall has set its second-season debut. BBC Two tweeted that the show will return at 9PM November 13. The psychological thriller that also stars Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan was a hit in the UK last year, and the second season also will be coming soon to Netflix in the U.S. Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall focuses on a game of cat and mouse between Anderson’s highly driven detective and the sexually motivated serial killer she’s tracking in Belfast. The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi also stars.
Tony Jordan’s London-based Red Planet Pictures has named two aspiring screenwriters as joint winners of the company’s annual writing competition. The Red Planet Prize 2014, held in partnership with Shine’s Kudos, has gone to documentary editor Paul McIntyre and former film art executive Tracy Ann Baines. McIntyre’s tense drama The Family Next Door tells the story of a woman who finds a mysterious hole leading to her neighbors’ house — and a series of revelations about long-buried family secrets. Baines’ Iron Roads is described as a bold 19th century drama about the men on the front line of the Industrial Revolution, building the iron roads for Britain’s railways. the Red Planet Prize, in its seventh year, is open to all UK writers. Previous finalists include Robert Thorogood, who created BBC One’s Death In Paradise, which Red Planet produces for BBC One.
Following the success of its first factual film premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Image Nation says it is going to create more locally produced documentaries. As One, a film chronicling the challenges faced by a group of autistic children in the UAE as they rehearse for and perform a musical show, had its first public screening on Saturday to strongly positive reaction. Image Nation CEO Michael Garin said the Abu Dhabi-based production company plans to significantly invest in its portfolio of documentary films and series in coming years. “Our aim is to help create a cadre of talent in the documentary field while also recording pieces of local history,” he said. “We would encourage Emirati and Arab voices to come to us with ideas for films that should be made that capture key moments in time for the UAE.” Image Nation already has a number of UAE-based documentaries in production, including one about the historic moment the national football team qualified for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Its Every Last Child, about the struggle against polio in Pakistan, is world premiering at the Doc NYC festival in November. It also is working on a film about the life of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, directed by Davis Guggenheim and co-produced by Image Nation’s international partner Participant Media.