Friday, April 30, 2010


Up-and-coming actress Nichola Burley has two films coming out this spring. Streetdance 3D is released in May, and she also stars in Kicks, which has finally got a UK release date of June 4th 2010.

Kicks tells the story of two teenage girls who bond over a mutual crush on a Liverpool footballer. As their friendship develops, the relationship and chemistry between them becomes increasingly powerful, fuelled by their dreams of wanting something out of their reach. When things go too far their fantasy quickly descends into a nightmare.

Kicks also stars 24 year old Kerrie Hayes  (represented by Curtis Brown) as Nicole, an introverted Liverpudlian teenager, all but deserted by her parents, with a mother distractedly working night...s and a father who has settled with a new family elsewhere. She spends time hanging around the gates of Anfield and the Melwood training ground, desperate for a glimpse of her idol, the star midfielder Lee Cassidy (Jamie Doyle). She meets aspirant WAG Jasmine (Nichola Burley), who is from an affluent family, more glamorous and streetwise, yet the girls' shared adoration for Cassidy lead them to bond instantly. They trawl the city and its nightspots, fantasising about a time when they might have Lee for themselves, yet when the news breaks that the footballer is a transfer target for Real Madrid, they take drastic action to prevent him leaving.

"There are obvious resonances here with 'Heavenly Creatures', 'My Summer of Love' and 'Thirteen', but elfin Hayes and the more carnal Burley have their own unique presences and consistently impress." Variety

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Maximum Ride

The film adaptation of James Patterson's young adult novel series Maximum Ride is on the move again.

After sitting for a year at Columbia in development, Universal is swooping in to take James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series of young adult novels to the big screen.  According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is still attached to the project, with father-son team of Avi & Ari Arad and Steven Paul producing.

The series of books follows six youngsters led by 14 year old Maximum Ride, better known to her flock as "Max", who were genetically altered to be part human/part bird and are known as the Flock.  They learn to fly and escape from the laboratory they have called home, only to be pursued by another group of genetically altered humans called the Erasers who are part human/part wolf.

The writing team of Mark Fergus and Hawk Osby (Iron Man & Cowboys and Aliens) have been hired to write a new draft of the script. 

No word yet on when casting or filming is set to begin.

Monday, April 26, 2010

First pic Mia as Jane Eyre

Screenterrier reported back in November on the casting of Mia Wasikowska in Cary Fukunaga's big screen production of Charlotte Bronte's romantic novel Jane Eyre, which started filming in March.
Jane Eyre is five weeks into a nine-week shoot in Derbyshire and this is the first location pic of Mia in the titular role.

The River siblings have been confirmed.

Holliday Grainger (of the just released Scouting Book for Boys and the upcoming Bel Ami) plays Diana Rivers.

Jamie Bell (who became a child star at the age of 14 when he appeared as the title character in Billy Elliot) is St. John.

Tamzin Merchant (Pride & Prejudice, and upcoming Game of Thrones pilot) is Mary Rivers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Georgia Groome joins The Great Ghost Rescue

Joining newcomer Toby Hall (details here) to film The Great Ghost Rescue is the now 18 year old Georgia Groome, who will play his ghostly sister "wailing" Winifred.

Georgia was 13 when she was cast in low-budget gritty thriller London To Brighton, and then went on to play the lead alongside Aaron Johnson in Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

A member of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop, Georgia is now represented by United Agents.

The Great Ghost Rescue will begin eight weeks of principal photography in UK and Hungary next week. Jason Isaacs, Kevin McKidd and Emma Fielding head the cast in the screen adaptation of NY Times best selling author Eva Ibbotson’s book “The Great Ghost Rescue”, Directed by Yann Samuell.

Humphrey (Hall) is a small ghost with a big problem. He and his family, the Craggyfords, have been ousted from their home and left without a place to haunt. As they search for new haunting grounds they soon discover that they are not alone. Marching on London to fight for the rights of their people… dead people, they soon find sanctuary and that they are the toast of the town.  But this celebrity is short lived, and when the tide of opinion turns it’s not only their rights, but their very existence that is being threatened.  With time running out, it’s up to Humphrey to save his family and the rest of the haunting community from total extinction.

“When I first read an early draft of the Great Ghost Rescue I immediately fell in love with Humphrey and this dysfunctional family – they were instant classics to me. It’s the kind of film I have always wanted to make for my own five children.   Characters make a movie, and although these characters are dead, in story terms they are so alive.  I think Britain has the best actors in the world, and we are so happy to have Kevin, Jason, Emma and young, fantastic, Toby to breathe life into them.” said Director, Yann Samuell.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saoirse Ronan filming Hanna pic

First look at the now 16 year old Saoirse Ronan as Hanna, raised from childhood to be the perfect assassin by her ex-CIA man father (Eric Bana) in rural Finland.

“Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Sweden. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.”

 The off-set pic (right) shows the changes they've made to her hair and eyebrows.

Saoirse is joined by two young British actors, Jessica Barden as Sophie, and newcomer 10 year old Aldo Maland (Young Actors Theatre) as Sophie's younger brother Miles.
The film is due for release in 2011.

Wild Target trailer

Check out the trailer for Wild Target starring Rupert Grint, Emily Blunt and a host of other British names.

In UK Cinemas June 18th

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


The now 18 year old Freddie Highmore is starring with  Emma Roberts in the teen romance "Homework", which is currently filming in New York.

Emma recently filmed Noel Clarke's up-coming feature in the UK.

The new film is about a homework-averse high school student (Highmore) who strikes up an unexpected friendship with the girl he's loved from a distance (Roberts). "Homework" is the first feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen.

Shooting on "Homework" is anticipated to wrap this week.

First pics from Chatroom

Here is the first look at Japanese director Hideo Nakata's first English language film 'Chatroom,' which is based on the Irish play by Enda Walsh. The film has been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

When jaded teens Jim (Matthew Beard), Eva (Imogen Poots), Emily (Hannah Murray) and Mo (Daniel Kaluuya) meet William (Aaron Johnson) online, they're seduced by his charisma. But William isn't what he seems. He's calculating and manipulative and doesn't have time for people in the real world. Jim is vulnerable and he has no idea how dangerous his new friendship with William will be.

When Jim confesses he’s on anti-depressants, William knows he’s found a victim. He vows to help Jim off his drugs, and the rest of the group fall in line. What begins as friendly advice to help Jim becomes twisted and Eva and Mo realise the deadly game William’s playing, but the wheels are in motion. Jim is set on a path of self- destruction, and is going to do the unthinkable. As Eva, Emily and Mo try to save Jim, William begins a terrifying game of cat and mouse chasing them across the internet, shutting down their systems, and cutting them off from his victim.

Fantasy meets reality when William and Jim are face to face in rush hour on the underground. Without the faceless security of the online world, everything becomes real. It’s now a race against time to save Jim, but the clock is ticking… and we fear someone must die.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Silence

Screenterrier reported on the casting of 23 year old newcomer Genevieve Barr (now represented by Curtis Brown) from Harrogate in new BBC Drama The Silence back in November.

The series also stars 19 year old Tom Kane from Bournemouth who most recently seen in the series Married Single Other. He plays Amelia's youngest cousin, Joel:

"Joel's a proper little 'git', full of himself – a typical teenager. He loves attention and winds people up making jokes and just annoying people.

" His deaf cousin, Amelia [Genevieve Barr] is the perfect foil to be an absolute pain and take the mick out of her accent – (which personally is not great), but deaf politics apart, Amelia just laughs and it's accepted it's just a joke 'cause they know each other so well. I'm the youngest in my family so understand Joel!

"Joel is 16 and too young to understand – it's going over his head. Joel just accepts his dad [Douglas Henshall] works a lot. He still thinks his dad is there for him. He's too involved in himself, a typical teenager. Mum [Dervla Kirwan] is the rock that holds the family together.

"I tried on Genevieve's hearing aid which is surreal. It's an odd thing, it's like a radio that's really badly tuned: you hear everything but it's hard to focus on things. It was very interesting as it made a lot of sense."

Harry Ferrier (represented by CAM), who comes from Cardiff and previously starred in Young Dracula, plays Tom:

"Tom's completely the middle child craving attention. He is an art student and has a good social life and does get a lot of attention outside the home. As the story unfolds he needs his dad [Douglas Henshall] more than ever and his dad is unable to deliver, which frustrates him a lot. I'm the eldest in my own family and I'm used and abused in my family!

"What Tom and his siblings get up to is very normal. It's what kids do: underage drinking and experimenting. Part of youth culture. There's no generation that haven't experimented and tried things – maybe it's just more available though. It's like those shows in the Skins franchise showing that this does happen and is normal.

"It's been amazing to watch these stellar actors do their thing; it's been really beneficial to have that experience."

Rebecca Oldfield who comes from Somerset, plays Sophie:

"I'm the oldest cousin and she's finding her ground with a boyfriend the family don't like. Ely [Nick Nevern] is a DJ and a small-time drug dealer, someone you don't imagine her to go out with, so a bit of rebellion is going on. Jim [Douglas Henshall] and Maggie's [Dervla Kirwan] children are all close in age, so we play it with quite a bit of sibling rivalry.

"Working with Genevieve [Barr] has been no different, you just don't talk to her when she has her back to you as she can't hear. We don't have to make any effort, as you wouldn't talk to anyone with their back to you – that's just rude.

"It's been the nicest job as we've all bonded really, really well which has helped the family dynamic in The Silence. It is very realistic as to how it's scripted: all manic in and out of the house. The fact is this family is loving, warm and caring, all eating at the table together – there was a lot of improvising."

In an interview about her role, Genevieve described taking on the part of deaf teenager Amelia who witnesses a murder.

"I've always been passionate about acting from my own school days. I grew up in Harrogate in a hearing family with no hereditary record of deafness. I was born deaf and have had hearing aids since I was four, and was happy with them as they have never limited me in any way.

"My parents sent me to mainstream school where I settled in comfortably to a hearing life. Having graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008, where I studied English and History, I went straight on to the Teach First graduate scheme which aims to put graduates into failing schools.

"After a six- week training course I started to teach in an inner city comprehensive in South London, and taught children between 11 and 18 years old. Facing such a challenge made me stronger, which made me able to take on the challenges of The Silence.

"A friend working at a production company was looking for a deaf actress to play a deaf nurse in a couple of scenes in a pilot comedy The Amazing Dermot – and that's how I found myself starting to act. Afterwards, it was straight back to teaching, but clearly from that I was contacted by Company Pictures to audition for The Silence – and my life completely changed as I knew it!

"I hadn't realised what a huge role Amelia was. Amelia is 18 years old, and recently fitted with cochlear implant six months before the start of series. She is adjusting to the hearing world and under a lot of pressure to do so. At the same time she's a normal teenager with the teenage turmoil: drinking, smoking, drugs, boys are all a very new world for Amelia.
Her whole life gets thrown in to even more chaos when she accidentally witnesses a murder, which is hugely traumatic for her and her life quickly spirals out of control with so many changes in such a short period of time.

"I always wanted to learn more about deafness, but never had the time as I went from school to uni to starting a career, so never had time to learn sign language or make deaf friends.

"The world I grew up in is quite different from Amelia's. She's been used to a world of silence, unlike me. And signing is her first language. She's learning to hear for the first time and to recognise sounds for the first time.

"I was incredibly overwhelmed to be offered the role of Amelia. It still hasn't sunk in. I feel so privileged to get the part and have been enjoying every minute. Especially working with the actors I'd seen in movies like Notting Hill when I was a child! They've all been so incredibly supportive and always answered all of my millions of questions!

" I am so grateful to have worked with such an experienced cast as that has helped me move forward as an actress. I really miss working with them now. It's been the most amazing experience of my life.

"I only had two weeks from finding out I had got the role to starting filming. I didn't get extra support from the cast or crew in terms of my deafness, apart from them all allowing me to ask so many questions on set everyday!

"I think with deafness the more of a deal you make of it, the more others will make of it; and for me it was more about the acting, so deafness didn't affect me. I worked very closely with our director Dearbhla Walsh who always made sure I had daily one to one time with her. She's really an inspiring and formidable personality; and always pushed me far beyond anywhere I thought I could go.

"I couldn't wear my hearing aids on set as I had to wear the prop cochlear implant, which is what Amelia has had fitted. So I had to do all my scenes without them and there was always so many people saying things to you on a busy set. But that helped me identify with Amelia as she is more introvert and quiet. I had to rely on my lip-reading.

"I had to learn to sign for the role of Amelia. I didn't have any experience with signing before taking on the role, which was one of the biggest challenges. I have always wanted to learn, but never found the time to do it. Not only did I have to learn to sign, but I had to come across as someone who had been signing all her life and be fluent, which obviously Amelia was. It is such an expressive and beautiful language, I am now continuing to learn sign language, as it will be another skill I'll be learning as an actor.

"One of the most horrifically humiliating moments was when we were filming a clubbing scene, and I had to do a very slow sexy dance, without my hearing aids so all I could feel were vibrations only. I was squirming with embarrassment. I had to remember I was Amelia who was happy dancing and not Genevieve who was dying of embarrassment and desperate for a gin and tonic!

"A standout day was one major scene when I had to cry, and I was hysterical that I would not be able to make myself cry on camera. I got up at 5am and listened to the most morose music. By the time I went on set I was completely terrified, but then I got completely into character and thought about what she had just gone through witnessing the murder. It was a special moment when I became one with the character and it all happened naturally – and I cried.

"My own deafness limits me to appreciate all of the sounds that will be used in The Silence. But this is a unique opportunity for a hearing audience to experience from a deaf person's perspective. Deafness is only a small part of them and doesn't dictate them wholly as a person.

"I've been brought up to believe that I can do anything. Any sort of disability should never interfere with anything you want to do in your life. I do the best I can in everything I do. I know how to push myself and that perhaps leads me on to great opportunities. I'm not afraid of being myself.

"I had a career planned out in teaching and now my life has changed completely. I always loved acting but never had the confidence or belief that a deaf person could have a full-time acting career – but that's my plan now and nothing's getting in the way this time!

"I can't wait for The Silence to come out. There's four episodes but I guess I can't plan a party for every episode... or maybe I can!"

The Silence will be screen on BBC One.

Manchester Open Casting Call

Casting call for Feature Film in Manchester

We are currently looking for 16 yr old Lancashire teenagers to play lead roles in a feature film that will be made in Manchester later this year.

The character descriptions are:

Mark: Working class, interesting face, athletic, tough.

Zoey: Working class, attractive, sassy, feisty, devilish sense of humour.

John: Working class, wirey, sensitive, academic.

None of the above should be over 17 yrs old.


YOU WANT ME TO KILL HIM? will be directed by British Director Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror) and produced by Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X Men.)

We are holding an open-call casting THIS SATURDAY 24th of APRIL at the offices of EMMA STAFFORD CASTING, Studio 326, Royal Exchange, St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7BR between 11am – 5pm

(at this stage it will just be a very short informal chat on camera.)

Please come along if you think you fit the above description. This will be fully paid work for those who go on to star in the film.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’ and Jack McElhone in ‘Dear Frankie’. Other recent credits include ‘The Firm’, ‘Bronson’ and the forthcoming ‘Four Lions’. For further information visit

Friday, April 16, 2010

Alison Barry in Ondine

Look out for another talented young Irish actress, set to follow in Saoirse Ronan's footsteps. 11 year old newcomer Alison Barry stars as Colin Farrell's daughter Annie in Neil Jordan's latest release Ondine.

Ondine is a lyrical, modern fairy tale that tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell) an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious creature (Alicja Bachleda) in his nets. His daughter Annie (Alison Barry) comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature, while Syracuse falls helplessly in love. However like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand.

Syracuse is a loner and a recovering alcoholic who has been sober since his brilliant 10-year- old daughter Annie (Alison Barry) was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago.
The wheelchair-bound little girl lives with her hard-drinking mother (Dervla Kirwa) and the mother's Scots boyfriend, and Syracuse comes by three times a week to take her to dialysis.

The film was shot in Ireland in 2008 but is only just getting a general release.

Alison Barry is eleven years old and lives in County Cork, Ireland. Her interests are drama, dance, music, gymnastics and football. She attends the Marisa Fragolini School of Dance in Cork. ONDINE is her first film.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sparticles Casting Call

A casting director based in London is currently casting an exciting new 13 part drama for CBBC called SPARTICLES.

See below:

We are looking to cast 11 lead characters, between the ages of 10-17.

The scripts are excellent, as is the production team, and the project really is a big opportunity for young actors. I am looking for actors from a range of ethnic backgrounds and physical abilities. I am keen to find really good young talent and you don’t have to have had previous experience, just a raw talent and desire to act.

SPARTICLES is a drama about a world with no adults. It is from the same team that created the award winning SUMMERHILL – Stephen Smallwood (The Day of The Triffids, Murphy’s Law, The Vice) is producing, the writer is Alison Hume (Summerhill, The Roman Mysteries, Rocket Man) and it is being directed by Jon East (Head of CBBC Drama, Spirit Warriors, Summerhill).

SPARTICLES aims to be the ultimate in child empowering drama. It will offer a vision of how life would be for children on planet Earth with no adults. Quite simply, it is a drama series for children featuring only children. In this simple premise, SPARTICLES is both suspenseful and liberating. The series will dramatise both the jeopardy and the opportunity afforded by putting children in charge of our world, and what’s more, in charge of saving it.

The series will be shot in Bristol for 13 weeks from Monday 26 July – we wish to cast as many children as we can from Bristol and the surrounding area but we will also be looking at children from all over the country. I will be starting castings in the week commencing Monday 19 April up until the beginning of May.

If you would like more information please email: THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED and include a photo, a bit about yourself, your age, where you live and your contact details.

New teen actors join Hollyoaks

14 year old newcomer Lydia Lloyd-Henry from Bury (represented by PHA Agency in Manchester) joins the cast of Hollyoaks. She plays Amber, who along with her brother Taylor, find themselves in the village with the mother, who is on the run from her husband.

Taylor is played by fellow newcomer 19 year Shaun Blackstock from Harlesden (represented by JLM Personal Management)

The new family are expected to "bring glitz, glamour and great stories" to the programme. The Sharpes make a crash landing into Hollyoaks when mum Gabby (Phina Oruche, Footballer’s Wives) is quite literally knocked off her feet! Whilst making a desperate bid to escape her husband, Gabby is knocked down, only to be rescued by a Hollyoaks knight in shining armour. There is an obvious chemistry between Gabby and her new love-interest but as a mother of two children - Taylor (Shaun Blackstock) and Amber (Lydia Lloyd-Henry) - Gabby is forced to question if she can really leave her husband Phil (Andonis Anthony)?

Manchester School of Acting student Miles Higson (represented by Lime Management in Manchester) joins the cast as the youngest member of the new Costello family.

The Costello family are glamour personified. Ex-Bill actress, Kim Tiddy heads up the family as mum Heidi, an ex-model who’s more than able to hold her own, whilst ex-footballer dad Carl (Paul Opacic) is an incurable ladies man. Eldest son Riley is played by Grange Hill's Rob Norbury (also represented by Lime Managment), who looks set to cause a stir amongst the ladies of Hollyoaks whilst younger brother Seth ( Miles Higson) is determined to step out of his brother’s shadow.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This is England 86

Filming has started this month on Shane Meadows' first television drama - a four-part sequel to his film This Is England called This is England '86 (formerly known as We Were Faces). Shane has co-written 4 x 60-minute drama serial with Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys, Skins).

This Is England, which picked up several awards including the 2008 Bafta for Best British Film, centred on young skinheads in the summer of 1983. It followed 12-year-old Shaun, played by Thomas Turgoose, and his acceptance into a group of skinheads, which is eventually split by a growing racist influence.

This Is England '86 revisits the main characters – Shaun, Woody and Lol – in 1986, when the World Cup was taking place in Mexico, Chris de Burgh held the number one slot and 3.4 million were unemployed in Britain.

As Shaun sits his last school exam, the realisation dawns that he will have to find his own way in the world. But friends including Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget and Pukey are around looking for love, laughs and a job.

Thomas Turgoose reprises his role as Shaun and all the main cast are expected to return, or as Meadows describes it on his website "Milky is Alive, Combo Returns and Woody is now Climbing the Management ladder at Quick Save and About to Marry Lol".

Meadows, who has helmed movies such as Twentyfourseven, Dead Man’s Shoes and A Room for Romeo Brass, said: “When I finished This is England, I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further.

“Audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my long-standing relationship with Film 4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed.

“Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I also saw in the experiences of the young in 1986 many resonances to new – recession, lack of jobs, sense of the world at a turning point.

“Whereas the film told part of the story, the TV serial will tell the rest.”

This Is England ‘86 will shoot for eight weeks. It is scheduled to air on Channel 4 in the autumn.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Cut Series 2

Series 2 of The Cut, BBC Switch's fast-paced multi-platform drama about British teenage life, starts on Monday 19th April, appearing online daily at with BBC Two screening an omnibus episode each Saturday.

BBC Switch's ethos of developing new talent, in front of and behind the camera, has been embraced by The Cut. For the series actors for five brand-new characters have been discovered via a country-wide talent search. For many, this is their first professional job and the show is fast becoming a breeding ground for fresh, new British acting talent.

Screenterrier reported on the open auditions which were held in February to find two new cast members for Series 2.

The two new characters are old friends of Olive who think her new life is perfect. Frankie is played by Maisie Crossland, pictured with Olive (Billie North) and Cameron by Wilfred Taylor.

The Great Ghost Rescue

In development for the last couple of years, Yann Samuel's film version of the Eva Ibbotson novel The Great Ghost Rescue is finally heading towards filming with shooting scheduled to start later this month in Budapest and London.

12 year old newcomer Toby Hall from Shepherds Bush has landed the lead role of Humphrey.

With only one performance to his name – as Fagin in a school production of Oliver! - the 12-year-old from Shepherd's Bush had no idea what to expect when he was encouraged by a family friend to audition for the main part in The Great Ghost Rescue.

But he dazzled the producers, who picked him to star alongside veteran Brit actor Jason Isaacs in the family adventure.

"I didn't have that many expectations, so I wasn't that nervous," said Toby.
"I had to learn three scenes to perform, and it seemed to go alright – I didn't really know what was good or bad.
"I was home by myself when the phone rang and the producer asked if I wanted a part in the film. I said 'yes' and she said 'well you've got one'.
"It was really good, although my first feeling was nerves as well as excitement."

Toby will play a young boy who died after falling off the roof of an orphanage at the turn of the 20th century, and who joins a dysfunctional family of ghosts, each with their own paranormal idiosyncrasies.

"I meet them all and for 107 years I just don't do anything, then there's a scheme by the Government to destroy lots of old ruins and make them into housing," said Toby.
"All the ghosts want to go and scare the people in London – I go with them but I don't really want to scare them, I want to talk to them and reason with them. Then we all go to the Houses of Parliament and I make a big speech to the Prime Minister."

If the filming experience is a positive one, it could herald the beginning of an exciting career for Toby.
Mum Polly Steele said:
"It's totally unexpected, but of course I'm proud. I just hope he has a really wonderful time doing it.You never know with films what the future holds, so you just have to value the moment. You never want to deny your child a great fun experience."

The film's official synopsis:
Based on the popular children's book by Eva Ibboston, The Great Ghost Rescue is a cross between Harry Potter and The Addams Family. In our story you meet Humphrey, a small ghost with a big problem. His family has lost their home, and they're off to find a new haunting ground. But soon Humphrey and his parents discover that ghosts all over the country are being turned out as dark castles are converted to cheerful tourist hotels, condos and track houses. Humphrey knows something must be done and when the time comes he “rises” to the occasion with “frightening” success. Very funny, sometimes scary, but always charming The Great Ghost Rescue is an inversion of life as we know it. In this world the ghosts are our heroes and the living, well some of them anyway, are the people we should fear. 

You can follow the film and Toby's progress on Twitter.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New cast for second series of Eastenders: E20

A second series of EastEnders' online teen spinoff E20 has been greenlit by the BBC, and will focus on four new characters, as yet uncast.

Ten new episodes of EastEnders: E20 will be broadcast on the soap's website in September, before being aired in five televised instalments on BBC Three.

The first series of the youth-oriented drama, which was shown online in January, will also be repeated on BBC Three this month.

The debut series, which followed four teenagers squatting in a flat in Albert Square, drew more than three million views on iPlayer and EastEnders' website.

The new outing will focus on four new, as yet uncast, young characters who live in a flat above Roxy Mitchell's beauty salon.

It will be penned by the team of 13 young writers behind series one, including Emer Kenny, who now stars in the main soap as feisty Zsa Zsa Carter. Her three co-stars from the web spin-off have also made the transition into the terrestrial Walford soap.

Simon Nelson, controller of portfolio and multi-platform at BBC Vision, said: "E20 was one of the most ambitious and successful multi-platform projects we've commissioned.

"We had no hesitation in commissioning another series, something which will delight the 17,000 fans who've been calling for more episodes on the E20 Facebook page."

EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood added: "Not only have viewing figures been fantastic but - and most importantly - we've had such positive feedback from the viewers."

The first series of EastEnders: E20 will transmit on BBC Three in three 30-minute instalments, starting on Friday April 23 at 8.30pm. Series two will be available at in 10 14-minute instalments.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Stanley Park

Look out for a new BBC Three comedy drama pilot Stanley Park, written by Leo Richardson and inspired by his stage play, Stanley Park is a sharply observed, character-based ensemble comedy drama pilot for BBC Three. It has lined up a great cast, so let's hope it goes to a series.

Stanley Park stars Holly Grainger as Dirty Debbie, a sexy, busty, attractive girl. She spoils herself by the way she behaves, she is incredibly sexually provocative. Debbie loves sex. Underneath all the cheapness and make up, she is actually a really pretty girl but she never allows herself to be.
Debbie is tacky, comes across as hard and edgy but she has a definite softness and vulnerability. She is street smart rather than educated. She lives with her Auntie Pat and has never really had a positive adult influence in her life.
She dreams to be a top fashion designer or a writer of erotic novels. 

Joe Cole (represented by A&J Management, now Troika) plays Lee - Lee is a bit of a chav but is from a good, hard working family who have good values and intentions.
He is a typical 16 yr old - he is ruled by his hormones. He is trying to work out his masculinity, he is emotionally immature. He is one of those boys, who always gets it wrong....especially with girls...
Lee is uncomfortable in his own skin, he hasn't discovered himself yet. He makes off the cuff decisions, he has knee jerk reactions. 

21 year old Jennie Jacques  (Annie Miller in Desperate Romantics) (represented by BWH) plays Raggedy Ann -  An emo who wants to be a rebel, but is a sweet girl who is very bright.
Like Lee, Ann doesn't know who she is yet...she has problems trying to express herself properly.
She writes poetry about her inner demons even though she doesn't have any!
She is from the most straight, conservative family on the street. She has good parents who have provided her with everything she needs in a practical sense but her family don't like to talk much....they are a bit repressed and uptight.

Rising star Richard Southgate (seen as Matt, suicide Sophia's brother in Skins) plays Bent Ben, who is very bright and articulate and incredibly camp - it is a genuine campness, not over egged. He is the most rounded out of all the teenagers. Very sensitive, quick witted, snappy and highly strung, Ben is a good person, a loyal, decent friend and he is most definitely gay but is in denial throughout the pilot. Richard Southgate also appeared in the West End teen musical Spring Awakening.

Misfits star Antonia Thomas completes the young cast as Sadie.
Set in a south London suburb, Stanley Park tells the story of a group of young 16 - 18 year old friends enduring the poignant, painful, hilarious and often confusing emotional upheavals during a life-changing period. All living on the same street, it’s hard to keep secrets, and it seems everyone has something they’re hiding, or hiding from.
Stanley Park looks at the desperation, aspirations and motivations of this group of young people and their families in a moving and humorous way.

Filming took place in February. Stanley Park will transmit on BBC Three as part of their comedy pilot series (which previously launched Being Human) in May or June this year.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Young Amy Pond

9 year old Caitlin Blackwood starred in the opening episode of the new season of Doctor Who, playing the younger version of the Doctor's new companion Karen Gillan - who is her cousin.

Karen Gillan begged 'Doctor Who' bosses to cast her cousin in the show - even though they had never met.
The Scottish actress - who portrays the Time Lord's new assistant Amy Pond in the upcoming series of the sci-fi show - met her young relative, the now 10-year-old Caitlin Blackwood, for the first time on the set of the BBC One show after urging producers to let her play a younger version of her character.
Caitlin's mother Linda told the Daily Record newspaper: "Caitlin was born and grew up in Northern Ireland and Karen grew up in Scotland. So they actually only met for the first time at the read-through on set. It was an emotional moment. People kept commenting that they were so alike."
Caitlin said: "It was scary seeing myself up on the screen for the first time. I loved getting to know Karen and chatting with her. I got to meet some Daleks and went inside the TARDIS too."
Despite being cousins, Karen insisted the youngster had to go through a difficult audition process before she secured the part.
She added: "We didn't have many scenes together but we saw each other around set and that was really nice."