#martyisdead is a Czech thriller webseries that was released on 20 October 2019 Mall.TV. It was created in cooperation with CZ.NIC, filmed by the Czech company Bionaut. It deals with cyberbullying and was inspired by real events drawing inspiration from Blue Whale Challenge.[1]

Directed byPavel Soukup
StarringJakub Nemčok, Jan Grundman, Petra Bučková
Music byJindřich Kravařík
Country of originCzech Republic
No. of episodes8
Running time15 minutes
Production companyBionaut
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 20 (2019-09-20) –
December 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)

Plot edit

The series unravels story of ninth-grade student Martin Biederman, who becomes a victim of cyberbullying. Martin is killed in a car accident at the beginning of the series, and his father, Petr Biederman, finds out from his Facebook profile that he was blackmailed by someone posing as a girl named Eliška Svobodová. "Eliška" convinced Martin to send her a video of him masturbating, then used it to blackmail him, forcing him to carry out tasks such as killing his family dog by putting it in a freezer. Petr, finding the police investigation of his son's death to be progressing too slowly, begins investigating on his own, gradually unraveling the sequence of events that led to his demise.

Cast edit

Broadcast edit

The pilot episode was broadcast on October 20, 2019 on its website by MALL.TV; the remaining seven episodes were published one every Sunday until 8 December 2019. During the preparation of the sequel, the series received an Emmy Award nomination.[2]

Reception edit

Awards edit

In September 2020, #martyisdead was historically the first Czech series to be nominated for an international Emmy Award, in the category of Short-Form Series. The series won the award in November.[3] It won the main prize at the Serial Killer festival, where it premiered.[4] In March 2021, it won the Czech Lion Award for the Extraordinary achievement in the field of audiovisual.[5][6]

Spiritual sequel edit

The sequel, called #annaismissing, is again co-produced by MALL.TV and Bionaut. It was originally scheduled for release in May 2021.[2] Creators eventually decided to produce it as a feature-length film. It premiered in 2023.[7][citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ Král, Lukáš. "Scenárista seriálu #martyisdead promluvil o pocitech z vyhlášení prestižní ceny Emmy, šokujícím příběhu skautských vedoucích a stigmatizovaném fenoménu UFO". kinobox.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Český seriálový thriller o kyberšikaně #martyisdead obdržel nominaci na mezinárodních cenách Emmy". iROZHLAS (in Czech). 24 September 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Česká seriálová tvorba slaví historický úspěch. #martyisdead získal mezinárodní cenu Emmy". iROZHLAS (in Czech). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  4. ^ Podskalská, Jana (17 October 2019). "Proč je Marty dead? Vítězný webseriál uvidíme od neděle na Mall.tv". Deník.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Český lev: Ceny získaly i seriály Zrádci, #martyisdead a Herec". MediaGuru.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Seriál #martyisdead získal Českého lva za Mimořádný počin v oblasti audiovize". Reflex.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Trailer of the new Czech film #annaimmissing. Informal film continuation of the popular series #martyisdead - Filmožrouti.cz". MovieBloc. 24 July 2023. Retrieved 18 August 2023.

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