I, DANIEL BLAKE star Hayley Squires takes the lead, alongside Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels and Hollywood favourite Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding), in a gritty, eye-popping new Channel 4 drama Adult Material, which takes us deep inside the British adult entertainment industry.
This new hard-hitting drama asks, is consent for sale? It examines the porn industry through the eyes of proud mother of three and family breadwinner Jolene Dollar (Squires), who happens to earn her living as one of the top adult entertainers in the UK. Following its run onChannel 4, Adult Material is set to arrive on DVD and digitalon 2 November 2020 from Acorn Media International.
Unconventional career-woman Jolene has been involved in the industry her whole adult life and when 19-year-old Amy (Siena Kelly – Temple) arrives on set, Jolene feels responsible for her, since she’s barely older than her own daughter Phoebe (Alex Jarret – Les Miserables). She tries to take Amy under her wing…but she can’t protect Amy from her own choices and before she knows it, her relationship with this unstable young woman leads to Jolene’s career, reputation and personal life coming apart at the seams.
Jolene’s long-term business partner Caroll Quinn is played by Everett, while Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie plays her loving and supportive life-partner Rich. Navigating life, work and judgement, Jolene goes up against intimidating US mogul Tom Pain (Julian Ovenden – Downton Abbey) and finds an unlikely ally in MP Stella Maitland (Kerry Godliman – Save Me Too).
From Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) Adult Material is a timely look at how the pervasiveness of the industry has blurred lines of consent in mainstream culture.