Unhealthy culture, racism, sexism, vexations and disproportionate egos … “Industry”, a drama series co-produced by HBO and the BBC, offers a plunge into the very competitive world of international finance. The eight-part series premiered at the London Film Festival ahead of its highly anticipated small screen release in November. It depicts the fierce competition between young graduates in a large fictitious investment bank in London, eager to land the few permanent positions available.
The first episode, directed by American actress and producer Lena Dunham (creator of the “Girls” series), will be released on small screens on November 9 in the United States, and the following day in several European countries including France and the United States. UK. A scene, which takes place in the women’s toilet, sets the tone. A young white woman visibly from a privileged background complains that she cannot compete with a black participant, even though the latter comes from a “shitty university”, because her profile is better suited to the eyes of politically correct recruiters. The series was designed by Welsh production company Bas Wolf and its co-founder Jane Tranter, a leading figure in British television who had previously produced the hit series “The Night Of” and “Succession” for HBO. This project is the fruit of a long gestation. The producer first imagined it a few years ago, after learning of the death of an intern working for an American bank in London. “It makes you think about what is going on behind the scenes and what it can look like,” Jane Tranter explained at a panel discussion this week hosted by the London Film Festival. At the helm of the script are two novices, Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, both of whom have drawn on their own experience working in international banks in the British capital. “They had just come out of it, they still had the scent of this life on them,” explained Jane Tranter. “This great cry of truth came out of it in a way”.
HBO subsequently joined the project, proposing that the pilot episode be directed by “Girls” star Lena Dunham, who was a “constant bubble of joy,” according to Jane Tranter. The producer emphasizes that the characters who should delight audiences are not those “we usually see winning on screen, and certainly not in a bank”: all “bad guys” are, “without exception, white men. ”.