Orphan Black Splits Genes and Screens at IFC Opening


By Tony Sokol

Orphan Black season 5 debuts on BBC America on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time, but the Clone Club fans hit the streets for the premiere screening at IFC Center’s Split Screen Festival. Tatiana Maslany brought sestras Sarah, Allison, Cosima, and Helena for the appearance. The Leda project will be terminated as Orphan Black season 5 will wrap up the series, as well as a considerable amount of loose ends. The premiere screening and panel at IFC Center was hosted by Split Screens Festival’s artistic director, the critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz.

The feminist clone action adventure began when officer Beth Childs saw her identical twin, Sarah Manning and jumped in front of a train. Sarah follows clues until she uncovers a clone conspiracy that has made carbon copies of her named Alison, Cosima and Helena. While they look exactly alike, they are all different. One was a soccer mom, one was a scientist and one was an eastern European lunatic. Then Sarah finds out that there are about a dozen more duplicates running around in various states of knowledge and an equal amount of clones of some guy who is a disease delivery system. There is always a man behind the curtain at the mysterious shadow corporation Topside, and in the final season, it is the clone Rachel.


Fans from Colombia to Australia, Vancouver to France, traveled stateside for a glimpse of the series’ stars to celebrate the show’s final season.+

Maslany and Kristian Bruun cried while speaking about the fans and their cast mates at the panel. At the end of the panel.

“Human beings are complex and valuable and interesting and we can love each other the way these characters love each other,” said actor Jordan Gavaris.


He also implored fans to carry the message of acceptance with them long after the show is over.

“It is possible.  And I guess I’ve just been thinking a lot about the legacy of the show that way,” he said.

“Everybody is absolutely blown away by something I realized very quickly about the show when I came to BBC America, which is the Clone Club,” said Sarah Barnett, President & General Manager of BBC America.

“There is nothing like you guys, there are avid fans and then as Matt said, there’s the Clone Club – really a whole hearted thank you to you for engaging with all of these sort of serious, deep, meaningful, and truly important themes that underlie this kind of slickly entertaining, bonkers, genius show. It’s a fabulous thing, thank you so much.”


Orphan Black is “not merely a series about clones,” reads the official synopsis. “It’s a continuous study in nature versus nurture that routinely puts Maslany in conversations with iterations of herself, and each iteration feels like a distinct human being rather than a sketch-comedy caricature.

“Graeme Manson and John Fawcett create a maze-like world where the reflections can not only talk, but have their own opinions. The result is sorcery, and Maslany is at the center, playing as many as four personalities at once while a constellation of gifted supporting players swirl around her.

“The show’s bottomless inventiveness and persistent sense of fun are infectious. In addition to the suspense generated by the story itself, there’s a secondary thrill from watching the cast and crew struggle to top themselves in sheer outrageousness.”


The Peabody-winning series Orphan Black has been Tatiana Maslany’s acting tour de force, garnering the actress an Emmy and two CSA Best Actress awards. The BBC America series also stars Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Evelyne Brochu, Dylan Bruce, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Ksenia Solo, Michiel Huisman, Josh Vokey, Zoé De Grand Maison, Justin Chatwin and Kyra Harper and Ari Millen. Its executive producers are Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.

You can watch the Orphan Black season 5 trailer here:

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