The first episode of Kiss Me First, directed by Misha Manson-Smith, aired on Channel 4 on April 2nd.
Created by Bryan Elsley, co-creator of Skins, Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17 year old girl addicted to an online gaming world, Azana. In the game she meets Tess, an outgoing girl with a dark secret. When Tess goes missing, Leila assumes her friend’s identity and is rapidly sucked into uncovering the mystery behind her disappearance. Combining live action with computer generated sequences, the show presents a dark take on growing up in a world where the boundaries between the virtual and real world grow harrowingly thin.
Misha is a BAFTA-nominated director and executive producer. Prior to being the lead director on Kiss Me First, he was also lead director on the acclaimed second season of Ordinary Lies for Red Productions. Misha also directed on multiple seasons of Paul Abbott’s anarchic police drama No Offence, which won the RTS Award for Drama Series and was BAFTA nominated for Drama Series. He has been nominated for BAFTA Awards for Breakthrough Talent, Non-Fiction Editing and Comedy Programme. Misha won the British Comedy Award for Best New Comedy and he has been twice nominated for the Rose D’Or for Best Comedy.
“The game sequences are swooningly intense, while everyday reality is as blurred and pallid as Leila herself.” Suzy Feay, ***** Financial Times
“Ambitious, promising, and bleak as hell.” Chitra Ramaswamy, The Guardian
Misha’s first three episodes air on Channel 4, Monday evenings at 10pm, and will be available to stream on All 4. Netflix will distribute internationally.