The Missing a double winner in Monte Carlo
Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing grabbed the Golden Nymph Award for Best Miniseries and Best Actress in a Miniseries (Frances O’ Connor) at this year's 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival (13-18 June). The BBC series is co-produced for Flanders by Czar TV with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.
When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.
Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.
The Golden Nymph Awards, which are held during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, are among the most prestigious prizes in international television, rewarding the world's best TV programs and actors. The competition is separated into four categories: TV Series (Drama and Comedy), Television Film, Miniseries and News. Earlier on this year The Missing also received three BAFTA nominations and was also nominated for the Golden Globes in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor).
The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.
The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. International sales are handled by All3Media International.