Co-production for Gutsy Animations’ first hybrid live action/animation series; Jessica Ruston, Kevin Rundle and Phoebe Éclair-Powell attached to write
Gary Carter tapped as a Consultant to spearhead Gutsy Animations’ move into adult-skewing drama
HELSINKI, 7 October 2021. Gutsy Animations, the multi award-winning studio behind the internationally celebrated and Emmy Award-nominated Moominvalley series, is developing its first adult-targeted drama series Beyond Nature and has brought UK production company Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks) on board to co-produce. Currently in development, the 6 x 50’ English-language psychological drama will blend live-action with VFX and CG animation. Gutsy Animations has also attached writers Jessica Ruston (Harlots, Young Wallander), Kevin Rundle (Casualty, EastEnders) and Phoebe Éclair-Powell (Two Weeks to Live, Hollyoaks) to the project.
Additionally, Gutsy Animations has tapped Gary Carter as a Consultant with a remit focused on sales and development, specifically to spearhead the studio’s move into adult-skewing drama with Beyond Nature. Carter has previously held senior creative and leadership positions at Endemol, Fremantle, Shine and Endemol Shine.
Based on Katariina Souri’s novel Pohjan Kosketus, Beyond Nature is created by Gutsy Animations’ Chief Creative Officer and Founder, Marika Makaroff, and Paavo Westerberg (‘The Violin Player’). The series is set to be shot between England and Lapland.
The innovative, powerful psychological drama will follow Stella, a young Finno-British artist, as she searches for her true self, and her family’s past. Set against the ancient magical traditions and wilderness of the far North, and the urban landscapes of Britain, the drama explores the alienation of humans from the natural world of which we are all part.
When Stella leaves the UK and returns to her family roots in Finland to sell her childhood home, the fabric of her inner life begins to shift and change. She experiences visions which seem connected to the vast, ancient natural landscape of Lapland and its mythological past, and which invade her art. Predictions, or perhaps warnings, propel Stella into unravelling a dark mystery in which to survive, she must confront, and connect with, her true nature.
“Beyond Nature is a project like no other – the mix of Stella’s real world and her haunting visions, combined with the contrasting settings of an industrial English city and a remote Lapland village, make this a truly distinctive series,” says Marika Makaroff. “It’s a pitch-perfect project with which to extend our reach into non-kids’ drama and we are very happy to be partnering with Lime Pictures and such a talented team of writers to bring it to life. Tackling themes of sisterhood; family secrets; hidden memories; mental instability; and nature – both human and environmental – Beyond Nature promises to be both a challenging and compelling watch.”
Lime Pictures’ Managing Directors, Kate Little and Claire Poyser, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Gutsy Animations to bring such a gripping, atmospheric and breathtakingly visual series to screen.” Gutsy Animations, founded in 2016 by awarded creator, Marika Makaroff, is a Finnish production house that creates high quality content for the international market. The company’s flagship production, multi award-winning Moominvalley, has a record-high of 16 million starts on Yle’s streaming platform in Finland. The third season of Moominvalley has recently received the Albert certification, a mark of sustainability demonstrating how Gutsy managed and reduced its environmental impact during production.
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About Gutsy Animations A Finnish production house Gutsy Animations believes that the world is in need of kind, clever, meaningful, and gutsy content for global audiences. The flagship production, Moominvalley TV series, is an International Emmy® Award -nominee and has a record-high 16 million starts on Yle’s streaming platform in Finland. Moominvalley won the Golden Venla for the Best Children and Youth Programme on two consecutive years – in 2019 and again in 2020. The series’ third season was awarded Albert certification in recognition of its sustainable production processes. The production company, founded by awarded creator Marika Makaroff in 2016, leans on the best creatives around the world in the production.
About Lime Pictures
Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world class, cutting edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to children's scripted to Channel 4's multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks. With more than 30 years' experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as in using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.
Lime Pictures' extensive catalogue of programming includes the worldwide Netflix hits Zero Chill and double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, MTV's highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, Geordie OGs, Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV. It also produces E4's highly successful Celebs Go Dating and Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion as well as ITV's Gemma Collins: Diva Forever. Previous credits include Stand Up and Deliver for Channel 4, and Educating Joey Essex for ITV, the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey for Bravo, Dating No Filter for E!, Disney's Evermoor and Nickelodeon's House of Anubis. It is currently in production with Dance Monsters, the new large scale dance show with a monster twist for Netflix.
Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.