Little Fires Everywhere
- Starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) and Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal)
- 80% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes
- Recently nominated for five Black Reel Awards, including Best Limited Series
- â€œMoreish, searing, excellentâ€ The Guardian
, recently nominated for five Black Reel Awards, is now streaming on Showmax. Based on Celeste Ngâ€™s 2017 bestselling book, the eight-part drama series follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons - a picture-perfect, privileged white American family - and their new tenants, enigmatic African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren.
The series is led by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde
) and Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal
, Django Unchained
Reese plays Elena, a tightly-wound mother of four teens (a character not unlike Big Little Lies
â€™ Madeline - but, oh, she does it so well), whose perfectly tailored world is disrupted by the arrival of Kerryâ€™s character, Mia, a struggling artist and mother to teenager Pearl.
Though the two women share the fundamentals of motherhood â€“ raising, protecting, and ultimately, learning to let go â€“ their experiences couldnâ€™t be more different. One of the most powerful moments comes during an altercation between Elena and Mia, when Elena bitingly says, â€œA good mother makes good choices.â€ And Mia comes right back at her with, â€œYou didnâ€™t make
good choices. You had
The cast also includes Peopleâ€™s Choice nominee and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson (Dawsonâ€™s Creek
, The Affair
), reuniting with Reese for the first time since 1999â€™s Cruel Intentions
; two-time Peopleâ€™s Choice nominee Jesse Williams (Greyâ€™s Anatomy
); two-time Teen Choice nominee AnnaSophia Robb (The Act
, Bridge to Terabithia
); Critics Choice nominee Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married
); and young star Lexi Underwood, whose performance as Pearl New York Times
calls â€œexcellent,â€ saying, "The scenes between Mia and Pearl, both the tender and the angry ones, are the showâ€™s highlights."
Little Fires Everywhere
was recently nominated for five Black Reel awards, including Best Limited Series, Actress (Kerry), Supporting Actress (Lexi), Directing and Writing.
As a producer, Reese has an eye for gems, from the Oscar-nominated movies Gone Girl
to the Emmy-winning HBO series Big Little Lies
, all of which were produced by her production company, Sunshine Pictures. When Reese read Celesteâ€™s novel, she immediately sent it to Kerry, who read it in record time and agreed to bring in her own company, Simpson Street, to partner on the production.
Asked how she and Reese feel to be producing this project, Kerry laughs. â€œIt makes me feel... busy,â€ she says. â€œTo other people, â€˜producerâ€™ sounds like a fancy title, but to us, it sounds like work. We put in the work. Weâ€™re roll-up-your-sleeves kind of producers.â€
Their first step was bringing in a diverse team. This included writers like Black Reel winner Attica Locke (When They See Us
), Writers Guild of America nominees Liz Tigelaar (Nashville, Brothers & Sisters
) and Shannon Houston (Homecoming
, The Looming Tower
), and Scandal
executive story editor Raamla Mohamed, as well as directors Lynn Shelton (Glow
), Nzingha Stewart (Greyâ€™s Anatomy
), and Emmy-winning Californication
cinematographer and Good Girls
director Michael Weaver.
â€œIt was really important to us that the filmmakers and the storytellers behind the scenes were just as representative as the ones in the book,â€ says Reese. â€œThereâ€™s four different mothers in this piece, all mothering under different circumstancesâ€
And, Kerry adds, â€œHaving to navigate those differences impacts them and their families, their kids, their friends.â€
The aim, for Reese, was to show the spectrum of what motherhood can be for different people. â€œThereâ€™s all kinds of different mothers out there,â€ she says. â€œThis is not news to us. But we havenâ€™t really seen that explored on film, and I think people will really see parts of themselves and parts of other people. Itâ€™s a great show for people to watch and discuss with each other.â€œ
Little Fires Everywhere
has an 80% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes
. The Guardian
calls it â€œmoreish, searing, excellentâ€, while CNN
says itâ€™s â€œone of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults.â€
Check out the full list of Black Reel nominees here.
The two most-nominated shows, HBOâ€™s Watchmen
, are both only available to stream on Showmax in South Africa. Other nominees on Showmax include A Black Lady Sketch Show
, Big Little Lies
, Godfather of Harlem
, Power, Ramy
, The Good Fight
, and Westworld.
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