Disney+ Delivers Italian True Crime Drama This is not Hollywood – Avetrana production in Puglia.
Four-episode series (original title Avetrana – Qui non e Hollywood) is based on the true story of Sarah Scazzi’s death and the massive media response. Each 80-minute episode features one of the main characters in the story – Sarah, Sabrina, Michele and Cosima, played by Federica Pala, Giulia Perulli, Paolo De Vita and Vanessa Scalera respectively.
Imma Villa, Anna Ferzetti and Giancarlo Commare were also invited to play key roles in the series based on the book “Sara: Ragazza di Avetrana” by Carmine Gazzanni and Flavia Piccinni.
The synopsis for the series reads: “On August 26, 2010, in Avetrana, a small town on the outskirts of the Salento resort, a young girl leaves home, never to return. Her name is Sara Skazzi, she is 15 years old. The whole town is in turmoil, especially her cousin Sabrina, a beautician who is waiting for her at her home on Via Deledda to head to the beach later in the afternoon. But while everyone is looking for her, Sarah disappeared into the void, buried at the bottom of the well, where she will be found 42 days after her disappearance, and this will be a real horror show with intimate secrets and unspoken grievances.
Pippo Mezzapesa directs. He wrote the screenplay with Antonella Gaeta and Davide Serino in collaboration with Flavia Piccinni and Carmine Gazzanni. Production is handled by Groenlandia, owned by Fremantle.
Production is underway as Italian production continues to heat up. Disney’s international content and operations group plans to create 60 local productions in EMEA by 2024, but is under pressure from new competitors such as Paramount+, which is launching a set of original shows today.