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Lady Macbeth's William Oldroyd to direct Chimerica adaptation for Channel 4

Lady Macbeth

Story by Jack Foley

WILLIAM Oldroyd, the British director of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Lady Macbeth, is to helm a four-part adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s acclaimed stage play Chimerica for Channel 4.

The drama explores the relationship between East and West and tackles some of the most urgent issues affecting society today.

It focuses on a photo-journalist who faces accusations of fake news.

The new adaptation will move the setting to the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, updating the original to reflect the political changes of the last two years.

Oldroyd will be making his TV debut with the drama, was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis, head of drama, and Simon Maxwell, head of international drama.

Commenting on the adaptation, Kirkwood said: “Since I wrote the original play in 2013, the questions it raises have only acquired greater scale and relevance for us all. It was thrilling for me to return to the story of two men, one American and one Chinese, trying to work out how to respond to the outrages of an increasingly outrageous world, and look through their eyes at our changing relationship with journalism, power, protest, and images themselves.

“I feel especially lucky to have William at the helm, and am very excited to have the chance to collaborate with him on this epic, international story.”

Shooting on Chimerica is due to commence in 2018 with casting details to be announced at a later date.

Oldroyd is riding high off the success of his debut feature Lady Macbeth, which won five British Independent Film Awards.

It is currently nominated for both best British film and outstanding debut at this year’s BAFTA awards, while Oldroyd is the only the second British nominee for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director.