08 Jul Independent filmmaker Brit Marling to co-write and star in new Netflix TV series
Brit Marling is a rising filmmaker who has written, produced and acted in her own independent films such as The East, Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, who has recently had her first television drama, named The OA, picked up by Netflix following a bidding war between multiple interested TV networks.
The premise of the OA is being closely guarded and kept secret and so far eight, hour-long episodes have been commissioned. Marling will star in the series and co-write it with Zal Batmanglij, a director with whom she has worked on two of her previous projects, and who will also direct the series. The OA will premiere in 2016.
Marling and Batmanglij’s previous successful indie collaborations, The East (2013) and The Sound of my Voice (2011), have garnered them well deserved industry recognition and Netflix have expressed their excitement to be serving as the home for the first TV series the duo have created.
Marling began her career in Los Angeles, spending a few years discovering the film industry and starring in roles she describes as “the cute blonde girl in horror movies”. Deciding that the best way to get good parts as a female actress was to write those roles herself, Marling taught herself to write, and soon found herself scripting, producing and acting in two features at the same time, working on one in the mornings and the other at night. These two films, Sound of my Voice and The East, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and Sound of My Voice won the category for best international feature at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival in 2012. Marling serves as an inspiration to any indie filmmaker with big dreams, hoping to gain the industry recognition needed to move on to even larger productions.