Poker Face

Source: Photo: Brook Rushton

Russell Crowe in ‘Poker Face’

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has unveiled its slate of original programming for the rest of 2022, including four new Sky Original feature films. 

Among the new titles is Kogonada’s After Yang, which premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard last year and stars Justin H. Min, Collin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The line-up also includes Russell Crowe’s second directorial outing Poker Face, which sees him star opposite Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Arclight Films kicked off worldwide sales this week at Cannes.

Third is Irish drama Aisha starring Letitia Wright as a young Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Ireland. Josh O’Connor co-stars in the film, which was directed and written by Frank Berry. Cornerstone films launched the title at the Cannes virtual market last year and it will premiere at Tribeca this June.

Finally, Sky has added American political thriller The Independent starring Brian Cox, Jodie Turner-Smith, John Cena and Ann Dowd. It is directed by Amy Rice and written by Evan Parter. The Exchange are handling international sales. 

Sky also announced it will be launching more than 200 original shows across the year, a 60% increase from the previous year. Titles will include an adaptation of Heather Morris’ novel The Tattooist Of Auschwitz and the second season of Billie Piper’s I Hate Suzie