Julie Delpy + creating ancient Rome for TV

Jason Di Rosso

June 10, 2021

The TV series Domina, which screens on Stan in Australia, tells the story of the political intrigue and violence in the years following the assassination of Julius Caesar, with the figure of Livia Drusilla at its centre, who was born into a republican family sixty years before the birth of Christ, and would go on to become Empress of Rome. Domina is a lavish period soap that doesn’t shy away from sex or violence, and it’s first three episodes are photographed sumptuously by Australian cinematographer Denson Baker, who began his career on Australian films in the 2000s like The Black Balloon, Oranges and Sunshine and The Waiting City. Denson Baker talks about walking in the footsteps of some of his heroes, and working at the legendary Cinecittà Studios in Rome.

First up today, the legendary and multi-talented French actor Julie Delpy. As an actor she first performed in front of the camera for Godard in Detective, before going on to work with the likes of Krzysztof Kieślowski, Leos Carax and Richard Linklater, whose Before Sunrise trilogy seemed to crystalise the zeitgeist of a generation who fell in love on the backpacking trails of their 20s, but found the transition into middle age a rocky one. Behind the camera, Delpy is a writer, director and producer in her own right, she's made 7 feature films all up. Her latest film is the bold and impressive My Zoe, a story that takes an unexpected turn after a tragedy involving Delpy's character's young daughter, becoming an almost sci-fi third act.

The TV series Domina, which screens on Stan in Australia, tells the story of the political intrigue and violence in the years following the assassination of Julius Caesar, with the figure of Livia Drusilla at its centre, who was born into a republican family sixty years before the birth of Christ, and would go on to become Empress of Rome. Domina is a lavish period soap that doesn’t shy away from sex or violence, and it’s first three episodes are photographed sumptuously by Australian cinematographer Denson Baker, who began his career on Australian films in the 2000s like The Black Balloon, Oranges and Sunshine and The Waiting City. Denson Baker talks about walking in the footsteps of some of his heroes, and working at the legendary Cinecittà Studios in Rome.