Channel 4 commissions Cyber Bully
Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is to star in new Channel 4 drama-doc Cyber Bully as Casey Jacobs, a teenage girl battling with her anonymous cyber-stalker in a real-time thriller from the makers of Blackout. Casey is a teenager who experiences the worst the web has to offer – from peer-to-peer bullying to advanced computer hacking – and fights to overcome her ordeal.
The plot of Cyber Bully is inspired by dozens of real-life cases. What happens to Casey is extreme, and framed in a dramatic format, yet all the events depicted are possible and indeed have happened to victims individually.
The supporting cast includes Ella Purnell (Maleficent) and Jake Davies (X + Y).
Channel 4 Head of Documentaries, Nick Mirsky said, “It is one of the most important purposes of Channel 4 to find new ways of engaging young audiences with the cyber world and the stories that play out on the internet. This film does exactly that in a way that is gripping, relevant and fiercely public service”
Director Ben Chanan said, “The audience will be trapped with Casey for a full screen hour and we need an exceptional actress to play her. I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role. Maisie Williams is not only remarkably talented, she also has an immediately likeable, feisty screen presence which makes you root for her instinctively”.
Cyber Bully is produced by Raw TV (The Imposter) with Exec Producer Richard Bond (Blackout) and BAFTA award-winning director Ben Chanan (Blackout).
Cyber Bully will air on Channel 4 in early 2015