Definition January 2023 - Web


Phone chiller

Ricardo de Gracia, DOP on critically acclaimed Netflix Spanish teen drama Élite, explains how he brought horror to the north-west of England

WORDS. Robert Shepherd IMAGES. BBC

B olton isn’t the obvious destination for your first foray outside of Spain, but that’s exactly what happened to director Ramón Salazar. Having completed the widely praised Spanish teen drama Élite for Netflix, his next project took him to Greater Manchester for a new teen horror series. A co-production between Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne) for BBC Three and Netflix, Red Rose is the brainchild of the Boltonian Clarkson twins, Michael and Paul (Apple TV+’s See , Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor and HBO’s His Dark Materials ). The eight-part thriller starring a raft of newcomers, plus Adam Nagaitis ( Chernobyl ), is about a haunted app that plunges a group of Bolton teenagers to the darkest depths of social media. From that description alone, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just another example of a series wanting to profit from the Stranger Things blueprint. “I wanted to make it look like we were using zoom as a kind of language, trying to create a layer of depth in the picture”


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