+ Q&A with actors Danielle Macdonald and Shalom Brune-Franklin, writers/executive producers Harry & Jack Williams and director Chris Sweeney.
From Emmy-winning and BAFTA nominated writer-producers Harry and Jack Williams (Baptiste, The Missing, Liar) comes this mystery-packed thriller. Jamie Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback being pursued by a vast tank-truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat-and-mouse chase unfolds and he later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is… Full of shocking, funny and brutal turns, The Tourist is a story of self-discovery: as The Man starts to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now, and fast – before those who are trying to kill him catch up with him.
The Tourist will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 1 January.
About the panel
Danielle Macdonald was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Audiences know Danielle for her breakout role as ‘Patti’ in Fox Searchlight’s Patti Cake$ as well as the title character opposite Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin’. Additional credits include Netflix’s runaway hit, Bird Box, Sony Pictures Classics’ film French Exit, Fox Searchlight’s Oscar-winning short film, Skin, and she appeared in the feature version of A24’s Skin, with Jamie Bell. She starred in Netflix’s Unbelievable which has garnered critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Limited Series as well as an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. The Savannah Film Festival honoured her in 2019 where she received the Rising Star Award. Macdonald can currently be seen in the romantic comedy Falling for Figaro.
Shalom Brune-Franklin is a young British/Australian actress who first came to the attention of the industry after training at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she won the Chris Edmund Performing Arts Scholarship created by Hugh Jackman’s foundation. The scholarship was set up to award the most-outstanding performer at the academy each year. She was also named one of the Casting Guild of Australia’s 10 Rising Stars as well as being a finalist, twice, for the Heath Ledger Scholarship.
In 2021 Shalom was seen in the newly introduced role of Chloe in the much anticipated sixth series of the BBC’s Line of Duty. She was also seen in Roadkill opposite Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory. In 2020 Shalom starred in big-budget Netflix series Cursed. In 2017 Shalom joined the cast of hugely popular BBC One series Our Girl as new private, ‘Maisie Richards’ opposite Michelle Keegan. She also starred in Peter Kominsky’s Channel 4 series The State. In Australia, Shalom starred in two Channel Nine TV shows, Doctor Doctor and Bad Mothers.
Harry and Jack Williams (Creators/Writers/Executive Producers)
Emmy-winning and BAFTA nominated writer-producer duo Harry and Jack Williams set up their independent production company Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, and have since produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky. At the core of the slate is Harry and Jack’s writing partnership, which has boasted BBC1’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated drama, The Missing, the hugely successful ITV thriller, Liar (S1&2), and impressive international dramas such as The Widow, starring Kate Beckinsale for ITV and Amazon. Alongside this, they have nurtured new writing talent, executive producing Emmy & Golden Globe winning series, Fleabag, and the International Emmy nominated show, Back to Life. Two Brothers Pictures have had an impressive year of releases, with Jack and Harry’s beloved series Baptiste returning for a second series, as well as their nail-biting psychological thriller, Angela Black, and the second series of Back to Life also airing earlier this year.
Chris Sweeney (Director)
Chris Sweeney is a director, producer, writer & podcaster. He recently directed series one of the Emmy-nominated BBC / Showtime series Back to Life and has just released season 6 of his award-winning podcast Homo Sapiens, known as the LGBTQ+ answer to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. He is also a seasoned music video director working with artists including Lana Del Rey, Foals and Lily Allen.
THE TOURIST (episode 1)
Directed by: Chris Sweeney
Written & Created by: Harry Williams, Jack Williams
©: The Tourist Productions Limited
Production Company: Two Brothers Pictures
In association with: Highview Productions
Producer: Lisa Scott
Executive Producers: Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Christopher Aird, Chris Sweeney
Executive Producer for BBC: Tommy Bulfin
Assistant Producer: Catriona Renton
Co-producer: Emma Pike
Line Producer: Jacqueline King
Post-production Supervisor: Portia Napier
Production Executive: Andrew Benson
Production Accountant: Mark Kraus
2nd Unit Director: Kimble Rendall
1st Assistant Director: Travis Kalendra
UK Casting Director: Gary Davy
Australian Casting Directors: Ann Fay, Leigh Pickford
Supervising Location Manager: Sarah Abbey
Director of Photography: Ben Wheeler
Editor: Emma Oxley
Production Designer: Scott Bird
Costume Designer: Wendy Cork
Make-up & Hair Designer: Fiona Rees-Jones
Composer: Dominik Scherrer
Sound Recordist: Des Kenneally
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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