White Leopard Author beats records with new TV show

Actor Bruno Wolkowitch in Borderline.

Actor Bruno Wolkowitch in Borderline.

Laurent Guillaume, author of the upcoming hard-boiled noir White Leopard, co-wrote a TV film that just broke audience records – 5.8 million viewers this week. Borderline is produced by Olivier Marchal and written by Oliver Marchal, Christophe Gavat and Laurent Guillaume. Olivier Marchal is also a former police officer, like Laurent. He directed 36 Quai des Orfèvres, a 2004 movie known as 36th Precinct and Department 36, starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu.

Borderline tells the story of a cop with the Brigade de Répression du Banditisme (Banditry Repression Brigade), a special police unit that deals with armed robberies and trafficking. After 25 years of an irreproachable career, the main character—Willy Blain—finds himself arrested by internal affairs and accused of drug trafficking, theft and misappropriation of evidence. While he's being held, Blain must face the reality of his job from the other side. What faults in the system led to his fall?

The show is based on a true story about a police officer in Lyon. So, like in White Leopard, Laurent finds inspiration in reality.  The show is dark and moving.