The coming-of-age drama is one of the many young adult features Netflix is set on continuing.
Global hits like 13 Reasons Why and Stranger Things are breaking records and opening up an even bigger market for the service.
Shot in Denmark and Sweden, The Rain was an opportunity to make a show in a different format to what the production crew was used to, which was short-form stories.
“That’s mainly because of limited resources, so we need to tell stories in specific ways. I think we are standing on the shoulders of Danish shows like The Bridge, which found a way to tell stories in small environments. I think Scandinavian life - dark and melancholy - piques the interest of people,” said the show’s producer, Janik Tai Mosholt.
For the cast, shooting a longer form series was an interesting process.
“Time is a big difference. In Denmark (usually) we have like five weeks to do it and here (with Netflix) we had five months, so we had so much more time to develop characters and story,” said Mikkel Boe Følsgaard who plays Martin, the leader of the survivors.
August found it tricky to shoot for a longer period.
“I didn’t have the experience of doing a TV show like this, to be shooting for so many months. It was hard to keep my focus and my energy up. You get tired after a while. It’s important to have a group where there is positive energy and that was created for us.”
The young adult movement is something Tønnesen was proud to be a part of.
“Starting off with a Netflix series is huge; it’s been amazing to be part of it. I grew up with 13 Reasons Why and Stranger Things, watching with my family. It’s an incredible feeling to be part of the Netflix family now.”
August said it was necessary for young people to have movies and series they could identify with.
“I think with all the different characters on The Rain there will be someone for everyone.”
Christian Potalivo, the show’s producer, wanted to keep the show authentically Danish.
“We wanted to hold on to what we know and what we come from. We come from a country where we have a lot of rain and are a very well-structured society, and in many ways fortunate. To tell a story about coming from that part of the world and what we would do when that security wall is changed, how we would react afterwards feels good to be able to do.
“Young adult is such a niche. Doing a show like this, that connects to people worldwide, connects the themes that all young adults have troubles with. We all know the feelings of first love and jealousies; all these things we create our identities from are very cross cultural.”
The actors dubbed their scenes themselves so English-speaking viewers can enjoy the show.
* The Rain premiers on Netflix on Friday.