Dominic Savage

Kate Winslet, Mia Threapleton and Dominic Savage discuss the making of I Am Ruth

If you’ve seen it, you’ll know. The impact of Dominic Savage’s anthology series I Am… depends on something beyond even its roster of acclaimed female leads – luminaries such as Samantha Morton, Letitia Wright and Leslie Manville. It’s also the way each self-­contained episode devastates with its all-too-­realistic vignette of the female experience told in a way that teases out the very best from these talented actors. It could be mental health, toxic relationships or middle-age invisibility. 

Channel 4 releases first look at Kate Winslet and Mia Threapleton in drama I Am Ruth

Kate Winslet and Mia Threapleton in I Am Ruth

Created by Dominic Savage, I Am Ruth is the feature-length instalment of the female-led drama anthology series I Am. The series has won praise for exploring the experiences of women in emotionally raw, thought-provoking and personal moments. 

The two-hour programme has been developed and co-authored by Kate Winslet alongside Savage and will take a look at the pervasive mental health crisis affecting young people.

Kate Winslet joins Channel 4 drama series I Am

The episode, from writer-director Dominic Savage, will be called I Am Ruth and star Kate Winslet as Ruth and Mia Threapleton as her daughter.

Each episode will be named after the lead character and will star leading female acting talent.

Each film has been created in partnership with the lead female actors and will allow them to semi-improvise dialogue.

The series will explore the experiences of women going through emotionally raw moments that trigger thought-provoking personal introspection.

Lesley Manville joins Dominic Savage’s anthology series I Am

Letitia Wright, Suranne Jones and Lesley Manville (Credit: Channel 4)

The three-part series includes I Am MariaI Am Victoria and I Am Danielle, with Savage collaborating with the lead actors to create stories with personal resonance and improvised dialogue. 

Manville stars in I Am Maria, which uncovers the cracks that can appear in long-term relationships and the dilemma of being at a crossroads in life and navigating the opportunities and doubt that can bring. 

Letitia Wright joins cast of anthology series I Am

(credit: Channel 4)

Each episode of the three-part series has been written and developed in a collaboration between Wright and Dominic Savage, with improvised dialogue offering a thought-provoking exploration of contemporary female experiences.

Letitia Wright leads I Am Danielle, which also features CJ Beckford (The Trial of Christine Keeler) and Sophia Brown (Giri/Haji).

Wright commented: “Collaborating with Dominic Savage has been an amazing experience. His unique and sensitive style of directing has stretched me as an artist.

Suranne Jones to star in Dominic Savage’s anthology series I Am

Each episode will be written and developed by Dominic Savage, in collaboration with the lead actor of the episode, which will have a personal connection to them.

The series will explore mental health, relationships and trust, through a contemporary female lens.

Produced by Me + You Productions, Suranne Jones and Ashley Walters have been confirmed to star in I Am Victoria, with further casting to be announced.