Cyberbullying is an issue which affects many people in this age of technologic advancement, and now British TV network Channel 4 is bringing the stories of real people to life in a new drama.
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will take the lead in the drama Cyber Bully. Williams, who is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO mega hit will play a teenage girl who is threatened by an internet troll. The drama will take place in real time and will be a single location shoot.
Talking about the drama, Nick Mirsky, the head of documentaries for Channel 4 said; “It is one of the most important purposes of Channel 4 to find new ways of engaging young audiences with the cyber world and the stories that play out on the internet. This film does exactly that in a way that is gripping, relevant and fiercely public service.”
The thriller is said to be based on events that have happened to real people in the past, and that is something that will make this drama all the more chilling. The director of the piece, Ben Chanan, said that Williams is the ideal actress to play the lead in this drama. “The audience will be trapped with [Williams’s character] Casey for a full screen hour and we need an exceptional actress to play her. I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role. Maisie Williams is not only remarkably talented, she also has an immediately likeable, feisty screen presence which makes you root for her instinctively”.
Channel 4 is never afraid to handle controversial topics in their dramas and documentaries, and I personally feel that a show like Cyber Bully is a long time coming. Some people seem to believe that they can say whatever they like to others online, because they are able to hide behind the anonymous nature of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Unfortunately people do not always know the best way to deal with internet trolls and hate they receive, so if Cyber Bully can make just one person feel strong enough to deal with these individuals then all the better.
No further casting announcements have been made, and Cyber Bully will be shown on Channel 4 sometime next year.
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