CBC, Netflix and APTN, with production partners Red Marrow Media and Northwood Entertainment, have confirmed the lead cast and director of the first episode for the new untitled Arctic comedy series.
Anna Lambe (True Detective) will star as young Inuk mother Siaja. Seven-year old Inuk actress from Iqaluit, Nunavut, Keira Cooper, makes her screen debut as Siaja’s daughter Bun. Anya Adams (Yellowjackets) will direct the first episode of the series. She will also serve as the producing director of the series, which will start filming in Nunavut in spring 2024.
The show will consist of ten, thirty minute episodes for its first season.
Created and written by Inuit writer and producer Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and executive produced alongside Miranda de Pencier (Northwood Entertainment), the series follows Siaja (Lambe), a young Inuk mother who wants to build a new future for herself, but it won’t be easy in her small Arctic town where everyone knows your business.
“We cannot wait for the world to see the brilliance of Anna Lambe: Our leading lady who hails from our home territory of Nunavut! And we’re thrilled to work with director Anya Adams: Her creative excellence and infectious passion are the perfect match for our vision,” said Aglok MacDonald and Arnaquq-Baril.
Lambe is an Inuk actress from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She began her journey on the big screen with the feature film The Grizzlies, which garnered her first Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Lambe then went on to play the character Sarah in CBC original series Trickster, which landed her a second Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She has since guest starred on other series including Alaska Daily and her most recent role is in HBO’s highly anticipated fourth season of True Detective, premiering in winter 2024.
Adams is an award-winning Canadian-American director best known for the TV series Ginny & Georgia, Yellowjackets and Black-ish. Most recently, Adams directed episodes of the Apple TV+ series Roar. She also directed the finale of the Amazon series A League of Their Own. Adams also directed the Emmy-nominated second season of the Showtime series Yellowjackets. She is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series. Her debut feature film Prom Pact received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Fiction Special.
Red Marrow Media and Northwood Entertainment produce the Arctic comedy, a CBC, Netflix, APTN original series. Executive producers are Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (The Grizzlies), Stacey Aglok MacDonald (The Grizzlies), Miranda de Pencier (Anne with an E), Susan Coyne (Slings & Arrows), and Garry Campbell (Less Than Kind).