Dark is Netflix’s first German TV series that takes place in a sleepy German town where the peaceful suburbia of extra-marital affairs is broken by the sudden disappearance of a young child.
Writer Jantje Friese cannot be accused of not being bold with this multi genre show that includes time travel, over 12 different characters in the first episode and even crosses into the supernatural.
I was lucky enough to be able to talk to real life couple Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. Jantje talked about her writing process whilst the director spoke of the challenges involved in making Dark including the most difficult practical effect to achieve. The writer also mentioned how she pitched the story to Netflix.
I then spoke to actors Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Lisa Vicari, Karoline Eichhorn, Jordis Triebel and Maja Schone.
Oliver talked of how difficult it was to get into the head of a man who has had a child disappear as well as his resentment of the rain machine that was used abundantly on set. The cast spoke of their first reactions to the script, how they got into character and what they would do if transported back in time. Louis Hofmann mentioned the pressure that comes from being in such a huge show and how they found ways to lighten the mood on set.
Creators Baran bo Odar & Jantje Friese
Jordis Triebel & Maja Schone
Louis Hofmann & Lisa Vicari
Oliver Masucci & Karoline Eichhorn
We’ve also been fortunate enough to attend The Punisher junket where we got to speak with Jon Bernthal, The Crown Season 2 premiere, the Godless Junket where we spoke to Thomas Brodge-Sangster – all of which you can find on Netflix.