Friday, December 30, 2011

Meet the young cast of Labyrinth

Based on Kate Mosse’s international bestseller, Labyrinth is a four-hour event miniseries which will take a global audience on a richly compelling journey through the South of France of the present, and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.

Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Alaïs Pelletier. Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She also played Rachel in Misfits, and was recently seen as Abi in Black Mirror:15 Million Merits on Channel 4. She also appears in Downton Abbey as the politically engaged youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley.
Jessica began her career as a dancer, training with the National Youth Ballet and was asked at the age of 15 to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House in London for a summer season.  It was after this, during her time of study on a Fine Art course at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, that Jessica began acting classes, in which she showed great promise and a natural talent.

Vanessa Kirby, recently seen on our screens starring as Estella in the BBC's Great Expectations, plays Dr Alice Tanner. Alice is a woman who inherits a house in France from an aunt she has never met; she stumbles on an archeological find and has to stop a centuries-old secret from getting into the wrong hands. Vanessa (represented by Ken McReddie Associates) as a 2011 Screen International Star of Tomorrow.

After studying at Exeter University, Vanessa turned down a place at LAMDA drama school last year after being offered the opportunity to appear in three productions at the Bolton Octagon: Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Ibsen's Ghosts and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and more theatre roles followed. She also featured in seen in BBC2's newsroom drama The Hour, playing young debutante, Ruth Elms.

24 year old Tom Felton (represented in the UK by Troika) - who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series -  takes on the role of Raymond-Roger de Trencavel, Viscount of Carcassonne, who died in 1209 (also at the age of 24) a martyr, trying to protect his Cathar citizens from genocide.

Executive director Tim Halkin stated: "I am very pleased to have found such an extraordinarily talented young actor who is still the same age as the historical figure of Viscount Trencavel. Trencavel was an incredible young man, very wise, and I'm sure that Tom Felton will live up to his memory and legacy."

Two intelligent headstrong heroines, 17-year-old Alaïs Pelletier from 13th century Carcassonne and modern-day PhD graduate Dr. Alice Tanner experience an adventure that intertwines their lives. Separated by time, but united in a common destiny, both protagonists display tremendous courage, steadfastness and loyalty on their respective quests.
As the parallel storylines set in the southwest of France unfold, both ancient and modern-day conspiracies are unearthed, all revolving around three hidden books – The Book of Words, The Book of Potions and The Book of Numbers. Together, these tomes hold the secret of the true Grail, which dates back to the Ancient Egyptian era many years before Christ.
Alaïs and those closest to her must battle to protect the secret. She soon discovers she can trust no one – least of all her cruelly manipulative sister, Oriane.
Back in the present day, Alice faces a race against time to put together the curiously familiar pieces of a jigsaw puzzle representing her long-buried history

The cast also includes Katie McGrath, Sebastian Stan, Emun Elliott, Tony Curran and John Hurt.

Labyrinth has recently completed shooting on location in Carcassone, France and in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a Tandem Communications/Film Afrika coproduction in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's Scott Free Films. It is set for broadcast in Spring 2012.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First look at Skins Series 6

The Skins Series 5 gang are all set to return along with a new character, Alex, played by Sam Jackson (a member of Northern Film and Drama, now represented by Hamilton Hodell) from Leeds, when Skins returns to E4 for a sixth series this January.

Sam said of his character: “Alex is at first very mysterious, I think he comes across as quite elusive and you’re not really sure what he’s all about. He’s very charismatic and confident in himself and is very flirty, he flirts with both genders, and doesn’t care.

"He comes into the series at a point where the gang are a bit down, they’re very unhappy and he finds it difficult to make friends with the gang, they don’t really like accepting someone new but he manages to befriend Liv who takes a shine to him and you see their friendship develop and eventually he gets into the gang, bringing them some much needed excitement and energy.”

“I’m the new boy so meeting the gang at first it was a bit nerve-racking, I felt a lot of pressure joining because I watched the last series so seeing all the guys on screen and then meeting them and actually joining them, then working with them was a bit scary. But the guys are brilliant and have really looked after me.”

Channel 4's commissioning editor Ben Stoll said it'll be an "explosive and richly dramatic series" and will go "where others daren't", while the show's exec John Griffin said it'll be the "most exciting and adventurous" bunch of episodes yet...

 Freya Mavor returns as Mini.

Alex Arnold as Rich.

Jessica Sula as Grace.

Sebastian De Souza as Matty.

Dakota Blue Richards as Franky.

Sean Teale as Nick.

Laya Lewis as Liv.

Will Merrick as Alo.

Skins returns to E4 in January.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

First look at The Impossible

Screenterrier posted the details of the open casting call back in January 2010 to find the three young boys to play the brothers in The Impossible, the story of a family caught in the tsunami that hit South East Asia, seven years ago on Boxing Day, and the casting news back in September 2010.

The film stars  Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, along with the youngsters Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast.

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Henry grabs the two youngest boys, SIMON and THOMAS, but it’s too late: the wave smashes into him with incredible force and dislodges his grip. Maria is pushed underwater, where she is crushed and battered by debris to the brink of death. She finally surfaces in a raging black sea, which has completely submerged her three-story hotel and the surrounding landscape. Maria gasps for breath while she tries to understand what has just happened, convinced that her family has been obliterated in the blink of an eye. But then, her eldest son, LUCAS (Tom Holland), surfaces a few meters ahead in the wild flood. Face-to-face with something unexpected and incomprehensible, she must fight against all odds for her child’s survival. And her own.

Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish trailer has now been released:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Screenterrier wishes all our readers a very Merry Christmas and looks forward to a New Year with all the latest on new and shooting young stars...

The Seasoning House

17 year old Rosie Day (represented by United Agents) is to play the lead role of 'Angel' in The Seasoning House, a new horror/thriller feature film from Stirling Pictures.
She will star alongside Sean Pertwee, whilst casting for other young characters is still ongoing.

The Seasoning House - where young girls are prostituted to the military. An orphaned deaf girl is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, planning her escape. Planning her ingenious and brutal revenge.

The Seasoning House is billed as a thrill ride in extreme horror and claustrophobia. It is the directorial debut of one of Europe's most prolific, talented and experienced Special Makeup Effects Designers Paul Hyett, who has worked on films such as 'Attack the Block,' 'Eden Lake', 'The Woman in Black' and 'Treasure Island'.

Shooting begins at the end of January, with a predicted release in cinemas for late 2012.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


The brainchild of Ruth Jones, co-writer and co-star of the multi-award-winning Gavin and Stacey, Stella is a ten-episode family saga set against the backdrop of the Welsh valleys, which comes to Sky1 this January.

Stella is a 40-something mum who earns a living doing the locals' washing and ironing. And, most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, a lovely boy who starts the series in prison; beautiful 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; and the brains of the family, 12-year-old Ben.

Then there's Stella's best friend Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife.

Emma is played by recent RWCMD graduate Catrin Stewart (represented by Ken McReddie), and 24 year old Luke by Craig Gallivan.

14 year old Justin Davies from Gwent (represented by Big Talent Agency) plays Ben. The youngster was spotted when the BBC visited his school during filming of the ‘It’s My Shout’ series and he was selected for the lead role in short film Be a Man.

Rory Girvan (represented by Independent Talent) plays Emma's first love 18 year old Sunil. He's gorgeous and quiet and gentle, and very much his father's son. He's totally in love with Emma.
And newcomer Taj Atwal (represented by Shepperd-Fox), a graduate of GSA drama school, plays 16 year old Jasminder, who falls for Luke.

Stella is made by Tidy Productions and series produced by David Peet (A Child’s Christmases in Wales, The Great Outdoors). Stella will launch in January 2012 on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Critics Circle Young British Performer of the Year

The London Critics’ Circle has announced the nominees for its 32nd  Film Awards, including five fantastic young actors all nominated for the Young British Performer of the year, and all previously featured on Screenterrier.

The five nominees for Young British Performer of the Year are:

19 year old John Boyega for his role as Moses in 'Attack the Block'. John has been out in the US this year filming on Spike Lee's TV pilot Da Brick.

20 year old Jeremy Irvine  for his role in Steven Spielberg’s  'War Horse'. Jeremy will also star as Pip in next year's film adaptation of Great Expectations, and recently filmed Now Is Good alongside Dakota Fanning.

20 year old Yasmin Paige for her role as Jordana in 'Submarine'. Familiar to TV audiences for her roles in The Sarah Jane Adventures and Ballet Shoes, Yasmin starred alongside fellow nominee Craig Roberts in Richard Ayoade's directorial debut Submarine.

20 year old Welsh actor Craig Roberts for his lead role in 'Submarine'. Craig, who started out in children's TV starring in Young Dracula and Tracy Beaker, has two films due out in 2012, Comes a Bright Day and The First Time.

17 year old Saoirse Ronan for her starring role in 'Hanna'. Saoirse was nominated last year but lost out to Connor McCarron. 2012 should see Saoirse shooting the lead role of Daisy in How I Live Now as well as The Host from Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer.

The Critics’ Circle Film Awards will be presented on Thursday, 19th January 2012 at BFI Southbank.

Who would you choose?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meet the star of Just Henry

Screenterrier reported back in August on the young cast of new ITV drama Just Henry. The family drama will be shown at 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Sunday 18th December on ITV1.

Based on the novel by Michelle Magorian set just after the second World War, the story follows Henry’s struggle to come to terms with the death of his war-hero father, before his father dramatically returns alive and soon reveals himself to be less than worthy of hero status.

Seventeen year old Josh Bolt (represented by Curtis Brown) from Liverpool, leads a prestigious cast in ITV1’s new drama Just Henry.

Josh began his acting career at the age of thirteen when he was cast in a theatre production of, Much Ado about Nothing. In 2009 he starred in the multi award winning feature film The Be All and End All. Shortly after this he performed alongside Aaron Johnson and Kristen Scott Thomas playing Pete Shotton in the BAFTA nominated film Nowhere Boy.

With his first primetime television role about to be screened Josh admits it was never a purposeful decision to become an actor.

“When I was growing up I always wanted to be James Bond, as in a spy for the British Secret Service, not the fictional character. Acting wasn’t something I really thought about until I was thirteen and I got sent to my first audition for a role in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing at the Liverpool Playhouse. When I got the part I observed and listened to everyone around me. It was only then I thought I could really get into acting and enjoy it. I then got picked up by a Liverpool agency run by Cheryl Parsons who did a drama group on Saturdays and from this I learnt to improvise, think on the spot and analysis situations.

“What motivated me after this was securing the part of Robbie Wallace in the British independent film, The Be All and End All, which was shot in Liverpool. I then started working with Aaron Johnson on Nowhere Boy, the biopic about John Lennon set in the 1950’s.

“Aaron’s 21 and has an impeccable CV. To see someone as young as him make a successful career out of acting motivates you to keep going and be the best you can be. I went through part of 2010 not working and it really opened my eyes and made me realise that not only is this industry tough but that acting was something I really wanted to do.”

Looking to the future, Josh is excited and hopeful about what 2012 will bring for his career. He’ll soon be back on our screens in Paul Abbott’s multi award-winning drama series Shameless.

“I filmed some episodes for series 9 of Shameless prior to Just Henry. The character I play is the polar opposite to Henry Dodge. He’s a bit of a psychopath. To draw some inspiration for the character I watched Brad Pitt’s performance as Floyd in Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance and then Tom Hardy as Bronson. The storyline for my character has been left open so it would be great to go back and be apart of series 10.”

And he is currently filming on the new series of  The Accused alongside Robert Sheehan, Sheridan Smith and John Bishop.

Josh leads a prestigious cast including; Elaine Cassidy, Dean Andrews, Stephen Campbell Moore, Barbara Flynn, and BAFTA nominated actress Sheila Hancock.

Charlie May-Clark (also Curtis Brown) features as Grace, the classmate Henry befriends who helps him in his search for the truth as his world is turned upside-down, while Perry Millward (also Curtis Brown) plays Paul, another boy at Henry’s school whose initial mutual antagonism with Henry eventually gives way to a deeper understanding and sympathy of what each have been through as a result of the actions of Henry’s father.

Just Henry is at 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Sunday 18th December on ITV1.

Misfits actress stars in Rearview

E4 Misfits' star Antonia Thomas takes the lead role in new British indie psychological road thriller, Rearview.

Nicky (Thomas) is a young woman traveling alone to meet her band mates - through the back roads of the British countryside - who escapes the clutches of a dangerous stranger. Her road trip soon turns from bad to worse as she finds herself running for her life as she attempts to escape the serial killer and the hordes of predatory locals in the area known as "The Highway of Tears".

Antonia (represented by Curtis Brown), a graduate of Bristol Old Vic drama school, stars alongside Jamie Sives (One Day), Jay Simpson (Pride & Prejudice) and James Floyd (Everywhere & Nowhere), and the film is the directorial debut of Avril E Russell.

The film shot on location in Bedfordshire, UK in October 2011 and should be released next year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kaya Scodelario's new film

19 year old Skins star Kaya Scodelario is set to star in new independent feature Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
The film is to be directed by Francesca Gregorini who wrote, directed and produced the 2009 indie drama Tanner Hall, which also featured British actress Georgia King.

Kaya will take the lead role of Emanuel, a troubled seventeen year old girl who agrees to babysit her strange neighbour’s "baby", which is in fact just a life-like doll. Meanwhile, the neighbour herself is the spitting image of Emanuel’s dead mother.

This year Kaya starred as Cathy in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, and recently wrapped on Ol Parker's Now is Good with Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is expected to shoot in 2012.

How I Live Now casting news

17 year old Saoirse Ronan (represented by MacFarlane Chard in the UK) has been cast in the lead role of New Yorker Daisy in the up-coming film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's best-selling young adult novel How I Live Now.

Daisy is a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England to spend the summer with family in the English countryside. When World War III breaks out and insurgents invade, Daisy and her young cousin Piper must survive alone in the woods as they try to make it to safety.

Kevin McDonald, who helmed the BAFTA and Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, is to direct from a screenplay by Jeremy Brock and Toni Grisoni.

Here's the book's synopsis:
15 year old Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. She's never met anyone quite like them before - and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. It seems like the perfect summer. But their lives are about to explode.
Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out - a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep. The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy's life is changed forever - and the world is too.

Saoirse is currently shooting vampire thriller Byzantium alongside Gemma Arterton in Co Wicklow, Ireland.

Monday, December 12, 2011

First look at The Mystery of Edwin Drood

An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens’s last novel, Edwin Drood, left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death on 9 June 1870, comes to BBC2 on Tuesday 10th January 2012.

A strange, disturbing and modern tale about drugs, stalking and darkness visible, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by writer Gwyneth Hughes is a two-part psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster’s obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud and the lengths he will go to to attain her.

Matthew Rhys stars as John Jasper, Tamzin Merchant (represented by Curtis Brown) as Rosa Bud, with 22 year old Freddie Fox (represented by Tavistock Wood) as Edwin Drood.

Tamzin, from Brighton, played Daenerys in the Game of Thrones pilot and starred as Katherine Howard in the series The Tudors. Freddie, graduated from Guildhall drama school in 2010, and was recently seen in Any Human Heart and The Shadow Line. Tamzin and Freddie are now dating, after meeting on the set of Edwin Drood.

John Jasper is a troubled man, his psyche split between darkness and light. He has spent his life in the stifling and claustrophobic cathedral town of Cloisterham in a state of frustrated ambition and has become addicted to opium in an attempt to still his ennui and expand his horizons. 

But the opium is fracturing Jasper’s mind so that even as his soul reaches for the sublime in his music, his darker self has conceived a murderous hatred of his nephew Edwin Drood who, he believes, stands between him and the lovely Rosa. The stage is set for a story of mental and moral decline as we discover exactly how far Jasper will go to attain the object of his desire.

9 year old Alfie Davis  (a member of Kent Youth Theatre) from Herne Bay, who also appeared in the recent Camelot series, plays Deputy.

The drama also features Rory Kinnear as Reverend Septimus Crisparkle, Alun Armstrong as Hiram Grewgious, Rosa’s guardian; Julia McKenzie plays the Reverend’s mother, Mrs Crisparkle; David Dawson is Bazzard; Ron Cook is Durdles; Sacha Dhawan is Neville Landless; Amber Rose Revah is Helena Landless, Neville’s twin sister; Ian McNeice is Mayor Sapsea; Janet Dale is Miss Twinkleton; Ellie Haddington is Princess Puffer.

Episode 1 of  The Mystery of Edwin Drood will  be shown at  9.00-10.00pm, Tuesday 10 January on BBC Two.

Alongside Great Expectations on BBC 1, it is part of the Dickens On The BBC season of programmes.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Outnumbered Christmas Special

Check out a preview clip from this year's Outnumbered Christmas Special.

The Brockmans plan to go away for Christmas, but the kids aren't very happy about it.

Starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as the long-suffering parents, with Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche, and Ramona Marquez.

The Christmas episode will be broadcast on Saturday 24th December 2011 on BBC1.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Join the first Global Vampire Casting Competition for the launch of Vampire Wedding comic book and film produced by Castalides Pictures.

Give us your very best vampire ATTIRE/IMPRESSION and upload your photo to Vampire Wedding Facebook Fan page and send it to with your contact details and CV.

You can also apply through our free iPhone App VAMPCAST (

When you post your vampire impression on the Vampire Wedding Facebook page, please indicate your favorite Vampire Wedding character. You can find information related to the story and characters on

You can also make your very own Vampire Wedding mini-movie to upload on Facebook or YouTube and mention that it is for the VAMPIRE WEDDING Competition.

The best photos from aspiring vampires will be shortlisted for auditions (both for speaking roles and extras).

Winners of the competition will also have the chance to have their very own look-like vampire character drawn by top Marvel Comics artist Eduardo Barreto in the Vampire Wedding comic mini-magazine.
This is your chance to be a VAMPIRE in a comic and play one in a real FILM SET!

For daily updates on the competition follow us on Twitter!/vampire_wedding or visit our website

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lost Christmas

Eddie Izzard's Christmas film has been a long time coming, first announced back in 2009. But the original new family drama Lost Christmas finally hits our screens on BBC1 Sunday 18th December at 5.30pm.

Starring Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng and Larry Mills, Lost Christmas is an urban fairytale from the backstreets of Manchester. It is Christmas Eve and everyone is getting ready for the big day; everyone that is, except Anthony, a strange, enigmatic being who wakes up in the street, not knowing where he is or what he's here to do. But Anthony has a remarkable ability: the power to find the lost... But is Anthony's ability real, or just an illusion?

The characters he helps include a young boy who lost his parents in a car crash, a couple who lost their child, and a man, played by Jason Flemyng, who has lost the book he used to read to his daughter.
John Hay, who wrote the 90-minute Christmas drama with David Logan, adapted from David Logan's novel, also directs.

The film introduces Larry Mills (now represented by Hamilton Hodell). 11 year old Larry, from Buckinghamshire, had only had small parts in productions at his former village school before being plucked from obscurity to play the major role of  Goose in The Lost Christmas. The youngster first tried out in an audition for a film version of Horrid Henry last year after his former school, St Michael’s, were contacted by casting agents. Though unsuccessful he later received a call asking him to attend a further audition for a new family film being made for the BBC. After seeing thousands of young hopefuls Larry heard just before last Christmas that he had landed a part – and not just any part – but the lead.

The film also features newcomer Libbi Rubens as Milly.

An enigmatic man appears in Manchester on Christmas Eve and touches the lives of a group of people who have all lost something, whether it be a dog, a bangle, a daughter or their mind. Their lives will change dramatically all because of this one day.

Check out the trailer below.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker

Screenterrier posted the casting call back in September searching for a young actress to play a 15 year old Barbara Windsor in her Little Cracker, coming up this Christmas on Sky1.

16 year old newcomer Samantha White (represented by Abacus Agency) landed the role of the young Cockney actress.

Barbara herself appears in the episode playing the shop assistant.

She says of Samantha's casting:
"We were looking for someone who was tiny and looked like me, but, of course, there aren't many of us around. A lot of the girls who came in were much taller, or if there were shorter they looked too young. Then this girl, Samantha White, walked in and reminded me of myself with a little plump face and these teeth, and this fine, blonde hair. Her audition impressed me because she's learned the script and she said "I've been watching your films as well," which I thought was really nice. And she didn't have any experience either, which reminded me of myself."

Sally Hawkins plays her mother, and Neil Jackson her father.

At 15, Barbara Deeks is already appearing in the West End, but she isn't as confident as she seems. While the local boys are fascinated by her bosom, she is confused by it. Realising her little girl is growing up, Barbara's mum takes her to be measured for her first bra. Barbara enters the shop a girl, and emerges a woman...

After the success of last year's series which featured shorts from Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jo Brand, and Catherine Tate amongst others, Sky  have secured another star-studded line-up for their cracking short film series.

The new series for this Christmas features along with Barbara Windsor, Jack Whitehall, Sheridan Smith, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jane Horrocks, Shappi Korsandi, Johnny Vegas, Harry Hill, John Bishop, Alan Davies and Sally Lindsay. The series gives stars the chance to tell how they did something for the first time.  

Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker "My First Bra" airs at 9pm on the 18th of December on Sky1.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Forgotten

There was an open casting call on Screenterrier back in September for a teenage boy to play the lead role in the independent feature film The Forgotten, a a terrifying old fashioned Ghost story with a modern urban setting.

17 year old Clem Tibber (represented by A&J Management) won the lead role of Tommy, with model and actress Elarica Gallagher (represented by Piers Nimmo Management), recently seen in Channel 4's acclaimed series Top Boy, as Carmen, the girl he befriends.

The film also features Shaun Dingwall and Lyndsey Marshall as Tommy's mother and father.

When his mum suffers a nervous breakdown 14 year old Tommy is sent to live with his father in a run down tower block on an estate gripped by poverty and violence.
His father Mark is battling his own demons, caring for his insular teenage son was not part of his plan.
In his new bedroom in their run down flat , Tommy is woken each night to a soft padding sound as if someone were crawling up the wall on the opposite side.
One morning he wakes to find his entire mattress, sleeping bag and himself have been dragged to the other side of the room and pressed up against that wall…someone or something is trying to get his attention? Someone or something is in that flat next door? Gripped with increasing terror , Tommy has to confront not only Mark's growing disturbed behaviour but also clearly an unseen force that rages in the decrepit apartment next door
With the help of Carmen, an estate girl he befriends, they unleash a force that will change their lives forever...

Produced by Stickyback Pictures, written by Oliver Frampton & James Hall, and directed by Oliver Frampton, The Forgotten is currently in post-production.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Narnia's Anna Popplewell stars in Passengers

Chronicles of Narnia star, 23 year old Anna Popplewell (represented in the UK by Sasha Leslie Management) leads the cast in Passengers, a hard-hitting pyschological thriller which was filmed in and around Birmingham in October.

Written and directed by John Hales (represented by Ed Hughes at Linda Seifert Management), Passengers is the story of a group of intoxicated lads driving to a music festival, who seriously injure a young nurse in a night time collision. They make matters far worse by trying to cover up their mistake by hastening the demise of their victim. This, they come to seriously regret as they realise the extent of their culpability and as an unseen killer proceeds to take brutal vengeance.

Jack Derges, a recent Arts Ed drama school graduate, now represented by Hamilton Hodell, stars as Jed Warner. 

Calvin Dean (represented by Williamson and Holmes), who starred as Darren Mullet in Tormented, plays Rog. 25 year old Danny Szam plays Jed's brother Anakin Warner, with Tom Bacon, Ian Weichardt as Paz, and Sophie Colquhoun (from the latest Eastenders:E20) completing the line-up.

Passengers is the first feature to come out of UK production company Ratio Film and is scheduled for release in 2012.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jack Whitehall's Little Cracker

10 year old Archie Lyndhurst from Chichester, son of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, has landed the role of a young Jack Whitehall in this Christmas's season of Sky1's Little Crackers.

Jack's Little Cracker is the story of his relationship with his father when he was growing up from the ages of about 10 and 11.

Or as Jack describes it: "Back then I liked to dress up - a lot. It's the tale of a camp little boy who grew up into a camp adult and defines who I am now. I was a show-off and a bit flamboyant, and that's where it all started, with my parents indulging me and not telling me to stop dressing like an idiot and behaving like a tit."

On Archie's casting, he added:
"Initially, we thought it was going to be so difficult that we cut down a lot of the stuff that my character said because we were worried that the actor wasn't going to be good enough. Then our casting director found Archie Lyndhurst [son of Nicholas]. We took one look at his audition tape, and he was so good that I went back and added in all the lines that we'd taken out. I think the star of the Little Crackers will be Archie. He definitely has some of his father's comedic ability, and I'm sure he's a star of the future."

22 year old Jack (represented by Chambers Management), from London, started out as a child actor before turning to stand-up comedy and he won Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Awards in 2009. He was recently seen starring in Channel 4's Fresh Meat.

After the success of last year's series which featured shorts from Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jo Brand, and Catherine Tate amongst others, Sky  have secured another star-studded line-up for their cracking short film series.

The new series for this Christmas features along with Jack Whitehall, Sheridan Smith, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jane Horrocks, Barbara Windsor, Shappi Korsandi, Johnny Vegas, Harry Hill, John Bishop, Alan Davies and Sally Lindsay. The series gives stars the chance to tell how they did something for the first time.

First look at the young cast of the Doctor Who Christmas Special

The Doctor Who Christmas Special for 2011 is inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and titled ‘The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe’…

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, 15 year old Lily Arwell by Holly Earl (represented by A&J Management) and 11 year old Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole (represented by Hamilton Hodell).

Also guest-starring in the episode are Alexander Armstrong, Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir and it is set to air on BBC1 on Christmas Day.