HBO reinvented the British period drama completely this past spring with The Nevers about a supernatural and gifted collective of people, largely women, called “The Touched” as they maneuver and come up against the status quo in Victorian England.
Deadline held a Virtual House recently across three panels for the series, which you can see clips of above: Creating Victorian London with Michele Clapton (Costume Designer, Episode 102), Gemma Jackson (Production Designer, Episode 101), Lesa Warrener (Hair & Makeup Supervisor, episode 101) and Christine Blundell (Hair & Makeup Designer, episode 101); The Supernatural panel which includes Kate Reid (Director of Photography, episode 105), Lisa Lassek (Editor, Episode 101), Johnny Han (VFX Supervisor, episode 103) and Rowley Irlam (Stunt Coordinator, all episodes); and the Actresses panel which features Laura Donnelly (Amalia True),Ann Skelly (Penance Adair), Olivia Williams (Lavinia Bidlow), Amy Manson (Maladie) and Rochelle Neil (Annie ‘Bonfire’ Carby). The latter session highlights the actresses chatting about the series’ feminism and finding their character.
Donnelly’s Amalia True, along with her inventor best friend Penance Adair, don’t only face the male illumanati of the time, but the darker side of their kind as well, i.e. Manson’s crazed Maladie who desires to rain chaos upon society. Lurking behind the scenes is Williams’ Bidlow, who has provided a safe haven for True’s “Touched” troupe, but we don’t know to what extent. Along for the ride, and walking the line between good and evil is Neil’s Annie ‘Bonfire’ who has a talent for shooting flames from her hands. She’s the best weapon you can have on your side in any fight. Take a look. The first part of the season was six episodes long and HBO will deliver the second half some time next year due to the pandemic.
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