Sunday, October 30, 2011

TWIST 3D The Movie Casting Call

Head over to and hashtag your video #faginsgang

Via Twitter. Submit videos to us on our Twitter page: @twistthemovie using the hashtag #faginsgang. The videos must show you performing Parkour or any transferable skill or discipline (eg skateboarding, bike Parkour, breakdancing, gymnastics etc) and please introduce yourself (we need to see your charisma and your face). 


In this Casting Call we, the Producers of the film, are looking for actors who are also practitioners of Parkour and freerunning (or skateboarding, breakdancing etc), 16-24, male and female, to star as Fagin’s gang:

Oliver is 17, an orphan who has learned to live off his wits, as well as his speed, there’s not many who can catch him. When he meets the gang and starts to learn Parkour just as fast, he’s going to become an invaluable asset to Fagin. 

Nancy, a former gymnast, is a character chameleon (she can play anything from hippy art student to Russian art dealer).

Dodge is streetwise, ambitious and handsome in a dangerous kind of way. He likes being in charge and is an artful freerunner.

Batesy may act tough but he’s the baby of the group and also the gang’s computer geek. His Parkour skills are efficient, if a little less flashy than Dodge, but he knows how to get from A to B. 

Tom “TC” Chitling
Bigger than Batsey, and twice as cocky, full of charm and humour, TC get teased because he doesn’t yet have a “thing”, a specialised skill, what that “thing” is may be up to you. 


Matthew Parkhill, S├ębastien Foucan, casting agents Kelly Valentine Hendry and Victor Jenkins from VHJ Casting, producer Ben Grass of Pure Grass Films and executive producer Samantha Horley of The Salt Company (or any other persons chosen by us) will select their favourite 25 at their discretion.

The applicants featured in the top 25 selected videos will be invited to London to audition their acting and their athletic skills at an event to be held in conjunction with Parkour Generations, currently scheduled for Saturday 3rd December at L.E.A.P (London Experience of Art du Deplacement and Parkour: London's first, and the world's largest, purpose built Parkour park, which opened September this year) but subject to change at our discretion.

Applicants aged 18 or under who are selected for audition must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Stone Roses film casting update

Screenterrier posted back in July about the open casting call in Manchester for the upcoming feature Spike Island.

Elliott Tittensor (represented by Curtis Brown) from Manchester, who plays Carl Gallagher in Shameless, and Matthew McNulty (soon to be seen in the new series of Misfits) will star in the feature written by Chris Coghill and directed by Mat Whitecross.

Based on the Stone Roses’ most iconic performance, the film focuses on a group of young estate boys who have formed their own indie rock band and travel to see their favourite band’s iconic 1990 Spike Island gig.

The band has given permission to use their music for the film, which is set to shoot between March - April 2012.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Young Dracula New Series - Meet the Characters, new and old

The highly-anticipated and long awaited new series of Young Dracula finally hits our screens this Monday 31st December 5:15pm on the CBBC channel.

This third series, first reported by Screenterrier back in March, follows the next chapter in the life of Vlad, the teenage son of Count Dracula.

Vlad is now a fully fledged vampire, honing and testing his new powers. The Count (Keith-Lee Castle) knows that Vlad, the chosen one, needs to be kept safe while he learns the tools to fulfil his destiny. But, as usual, The Count's good intentions are undermined by his tendency to create drama and mayhem on a daily basis.

Gerran Howell returns to star as young Vlad, the son of Count Dracula, who accepts the useful things amongst his vampire powers, (fast speed, lighting candles etc) but would rather not be a fully-fledged, bloodthirsty, mayhem causing, breather hating evil kind of vampire. He just wants to be "normal". Unfortunately for him though, he is the "Chosen One" and if he doesn't want his family and others to get hurt, he has to learn how to open the Praedictum Impaver and lead the vampire race into the future.

Clare Thomas returns as Vlad's older sister, Ingrid. She turned really bad, back in Stokely, she wanted revenge for her dusted boyfriend and tired of being passed over by her Dad, she also wanted power.  The Count and Vlad managed to escape from her- she would have left them to rot- but now it seems she's bitten off more than she can chew and has got really sick. Vlad and Erin get her back to the school but there's no happy father- daughter reunion for her. 

Sydney Rae White, last seen in musical drama Rules of Love, joins the cast as Erin, who arrives in the Dracula household having saved a sick Ingrid from the threatening slayers. Vlad and Erin hit it off instantly, but is she all that she seems?

And youngster Wolfie is the half brother of Vlad and Ingrid – the child of their mother Magda and her boyfriend, Patrick the werewolf. Wolfie just has to be careful around the full moon, when his werewolf genes come to the fore...

The 13 x 30 min series, directed by Joss Agnew was filmed on location in Liverpool.

Friday, October 28, 2011

First look at Private Peaceful

First look at Skins alumni Jack O'Connell as Charlie in the latest Michael Morpurgo film adaptation, Private Peaceful, which has been filming in Norfolk.

He's seen here with co-star Alexandra Roach as Molly, the girl that both he and his brother Tommo, (played by George McKay), fall in love with.

Private Peaceful details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie – two young brothers – and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the outbreak of war destroys their country idyll. Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives.

The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends. But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice.

The film is being produced by Guy De Beaujeu and Simon Reade (also the screenwriter), and directed by Pat O’Connor, with release expected some time next year.

Waterloo Road moves to Scotland

A dramatic storyline will be played out at the end of the current series of Waterloo Road (currently broadcasting on BBC1), which will see the Rochdale-based school move to Greenock, when a number of current teachers and pupils move to set up a new independent school.

Shed Productions, who make the popular drama which is currently in its seventh series for BBC Scotland, have reached agreement with Inverclyde Council to lease the former Greenock Academy building to film in for the next two series. The move will see the former Greenock secondary become the new on-screen Waterloo Road school from next year.

In addition to using the former school classrooms on-screen, Shed will also use the rest of the Madiera Street premises as production base for the series.

Production is moving to Greenock from Rochdale as part of the BBC's move to increase network programming from Scotland and the other nations of the UK.

Set-up work by Shed is likely to start as early as next month before set design and construction kicks off in January in time for filming to begin in April next year.

Filming an initial 50 one-hour episodes over two years will provide a significant boost to the Scottish creative sector worth an estimated £20m, while up to 200 jobs are also likely to be created from the move.

Talking about the move, Shed's CEO Eileen Gallagher says: "Waterloo Road has had an incredibly happy six years in Rochdale working with one of the best TV crews in the country. But now we have outgrown our present site and we couldn't resist the BBC offer to take the show to Scotland.
"The former Greenock Academy school will make a great Waterloo Road and the stunning scenery in and around Greenock will be a fantastic asset right on our doorstep. We're really looking forward to coming to Greenock and already we've had a terrific welcome."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nativity! 2

Production started last week on Nativity 2 - The Second Coming, the sequel to the successful 2009 family film Nativity!. Directed once again by Debbie Isitt, the film will shoot for six weeks in Coventry, North Wales and Stratford.

This time David Tennant heads the cast as new classroom teacher Mr Peterson. He is joined by Joanna Page and Sheridan Smith, and Marc Wooton, Pam Ferris and Jason Watkins have reprised their roles. Like the original film, Nativity 2 is once again about a school nativity play, but this time the children from St. Bernadette's get lost en route to a national singing contest.

An anxious teacher (David Tennant) starts a new job at an under-achieving school and quickly finds himself struggling to cope with a wild classroom assistant, a group of under-performing kids and his own very pregnant wife. He soon becomes embroiled in a madcap plan to enter a National 'Song for Christmas' Competition and finds himself embarking on a disastrous road trip in search of the competition venue - the 'Christmas Castle'. Lost in the wilderness with a class of small children, a baby and a donkey, he has to stand up, face his fears and try to lead them not only to safety, but victory.

Nativity 2 will be in cinemas next Christmas.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Feature film casting call

GreenScreen Productions are casting for the lead role in their upcoming feature film, based on the book by Anthony McGowan, The Knife That Killed Me

Paul Varderman
This is the lead role. Looking for a strong actor aged 15-17 with a Northern accent who is vulnerable and empathetic but a leader. Actor must be available for run of picture.

When Paul moves away and starts at his new school all he wants is to fit in. Trying to avoid the bullies he'll do anything to earn respect. However when the violence involves knives everything can change in an instant.

Production details

Production dates:  Shooting 1 week Dec and 5 weeks Jan-Feb 2012.

Location: York

Closing date: 16/11/2011 : 23:59

Director: Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman

Producer: Tom Mattinson

Pay category: Paid (Equity minimum)

Company: GreenScreen Productions

Casting in London week of 24th October followed by castings in Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester

16 years old, Northern accent. Paul is an outsider at school who finds himself torn between slowly making friends with a relatively uncool crowd and keeping in with the bullies who could so easily make his life a misery. Paul is an uncomfortable victim. He faces his adversity with the wit and ingenuity of a rebel spirit. He dreams and tells stories.

Playing age: 15 - 17

Height: 5'8" - 6'

Ethnicity: Any

Please send all suggestions to, picture and CV attached. They must look 16.

Monday, October 24, 2011

2011 Children's BAFTA nominations

12 year old Daniel Roche, star of Outnumbered, has been nominated for a best Performer BAFTA for his portrayal of William in the BBC's Just William. The CBBC series has also been nominated for Best Drama along with the Just William series writer Simon Nye.

Combat Kids and House of Anubis are also up for best drama against Just William and regular nominee The Sarah Jane Adventures, which last year lost out to Tracy Beaker Returns.

CBBC's Sadie J has a nomination for best comedy but faces stiff competition from the acclaimed Horrible Histories.

These awards get chosen by the BAFTA judges and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 27 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

But kids also get a chance to vote for their favourite Film, TV Show, Video Game and Website of the last year from the shortlists (which include long-standing favourites The Sarah Jane Adventures, Tracy Beaker Returns and Dani's House) at so get voting for your favourites!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Doctor Who Christmas Special

Filming is now complete on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Two lucky young actors join the cast for the Christmas Special:

Holly Earl (represented by A&J Management) plays 15 year old Lily Armstrong. 19 year old Holly has been working since the age of 4, including roles in Neil LaBute's Possession, "Touching Evil" and the popular BBC Christmas movie The Greatest Store In the World, alongside her sister Elizabeth.

Maurice Cole (represented by Hamilton Hodell) plays her 11 year old brother, Cyril Armstrong. Maurice starred as Eli in the feature film Foster alongside Toni Collette and Ioan Gruffudd.

The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts...

This marks Matt Smith's second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The E4 Misfits return...

They're back! Misfits returns for Series 3 on Sunday 30 October at 10pm on E4.

Check out the new guy Rudy played by Joseph Gilgun. He lines up alongside Misfits resident delinquents Bafta award winner Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon in the super-sized series which sees its run extended to eight episodes.

New kid on the block Rudy gets a rude awakening in his first few days of community service, learning that with the keys to the infamous locker room comes a great deal of running and screaming and, in some instances, killing. But that really is the least of his worries. More pressing is just how to keep his secret superpower...well...secret. And just how super is it? As in is it one from the A- List?

The rest of the gang are also back with their all-new powers. So just how did that trade-off with Seth the superpower dealer (Matthew McNulty), go down? You would hope that at least one of them has a power approaching something halfway useful. You would hope... Is Simon any closer to fulfilling his destiny as Superhoodie? And when does he learn to do all that nifty parkour?

With Seth still trading powers, zombies on the loose, havoc being wreaked with events from the past and even more havoc being wreaked in the present, things haven't got any quieter for our gang...

The 8 x 60 min series is produced by Clerkenwell Films.
Check out the trailer and new guy Rudy....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Skins star joins The Liability

Skins star Jack O'Connell joins Tim Roth, Talulah Riley and Peter Mullan in The Liability, a darkly comic thriller.

He plays Adam, a young guy who only wants to be a hitman, who is brought together by a female vigilante with an old hitman who only wants to retire.

Written by John Wrathall, the film will be directed by exciting Brit newcomer Craig Viveiros, who made his debut feature with Ghosted earlier this year, and produced by Corona Pictures.

Jack has recently completed filming on Private Peaceful.

Shooting on Liability is due to begin on Nov 21 in Northumberland, UK.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Introducing Top Boy

You may remember some casting calls posted on Screenterrier back in January. The Channel 4 series it was for, Top Boy, is about to hit our screens.

Top Boy is Ronan Bennett's new four-part drama about young people living on the edge and, for the most part, out of sight in east London today. Directed by Yann Demange, Top Boy showcases a fresh and dynamic line up of first-time actors, brought together through extensive talent searches across London.

Newcomer Malcolm Kamulete stars as 13-year-old Ra'Nell who has to "step up and be a man" when his mother Lisa (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) has a breakdown and is hospitalised. At the same time his mum's friend Heather (Kierston Wareing), enlists his help in a dangerous plan she has concocted to give her unborn baby the chances she never had - "even if it means doing one wrong thing to get to the right place."

Another newcomer Giacomo Mancini plays Ra'Nell's guileless and vulnerable best friend 13 year old Gem. He has a secret den under an arch and his dog Marnie goes everywhere with him. As a vulnerable kid who wants to belong and seeks respect and approval, he is eager to join Dushane's gang.

Olivia Musangi plays Precious, a sweet, generous schoolmate of Ra'Nell's and a good student who really likes him and becomes his girl-friend.

The young cast of newcomers is joined by Ashley Walters who stars as 26 year old gang leader Dushane. Dushane has grown up on the Summerhouse estate and feels he has run out of options apart from dealing drugs. He still lives with his mother, Pat, a devout churchgoer, but is determined to become ‘Top Boy'. He runs the local gang with his friend Sully (Kane Robinson) and dreams of making enough money to get out of the game.
Ashley was a graduate of The Sylvia Young Theatre School, and already a teen actor in Grange Hill when he shot to fame as Asher D in So Solid Crew. His lead role in Bullet Boy won him Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.

Watch the trailer below:

Top Boy is set to premiere at the end of October and will run for 4 consecutive days.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Check out the poster and trailer for family football feature Will

Check out the poster and trailer to inspiring family drama Will, starring 11 year old newcomer Perry Eggleton, alongside Bob Hoskins and Damien Lewis.

Screenterrier blogged about Perry's casting here. Joining him in the film and on the poster, as his two classmates Ritchie and Simon, are Brandon Robinson (Young Actors Theatre), who also plays a Lost Boy in Sky's upcoming Neverland, and Kieran Wallbanks (A&J Management) who starred last year in CBBC's Combat Kids.

Eleven-year-old Will Brennan’s (Perry Eggleton) life is turned upside down when his long-absent father (Damian Lewis) reappears with tickets to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. But when fate intervenes, Will runs away to Istanbul for the biggest soccer match of the year, searching for meaning in a world that seems to have abandoned him. En route, he encounters Alek (Kristian Kiehling), a former Yugoslavian football star who abandoned the game during his country’s civil war. Despite his initial reluctance to help, Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and helps him fulfil his dream.

The film also includes cameos from several Liverpool footballers.

Will premieres in Liverpool on the 16th October and is in cinemas in the UK from the 4th November 2011.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

uwantme2killhim? casting update

Back in May, Olly Alexander and Jack O'Connell were attached to play the leads in uwantme2killhim?, a new British film inspired by a real-life story, written by Mike Walden, and directed by Andrew Douglas.

But the delays in the start of filming have resulted in a change of cast, with 20 year old Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents) now playing Mark.

16-year-old Mark meets local girl Rachel on the internet, he begins an intense online relationship. He quickly finds that he’s besotted, that he’ll do anything for her, even befriend her awkward, loner brother, John. When Rachel, who is trapped within the grips of a possessive boyfriend, is murdered, Mark and John make plans to avenge her death. Their actions draw the attention of a secret government department as they unwittingly stumble upon an ongoing operation. Soon Mark is recruited to commit a crime that made British legal history.

And  Screenterrier's rising star Toby Regbo (represented by BWH), who'll be seen this Christmas on TV in Sky's Treasure Island, is replacing Jack O'Connell (who is currently filming Private Peaceful), as John, the gifted, lonely younger boy.

Based on true events in the UK in 2003, this is the story of a friendship of opposites and the hidden evils that lurk deep within the Internet. The film will also feature Jaime Winstone, Joanne Froggatt, Liz White, Amy Wren and Mark Womack and  is due to start shooting this October  mostly on location in Harlow, Essex and Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, also with a week of shooting at Elstree Studios.

Broken casting news

Newcomer Eloise Laurence will star in Broken the new feature film from Cuba Pictures which begins shooting on the 17 October. An open casting, advertised by Screenterrier, was held back in February for the lead role of 11 year old Skunk Cunningham.

She will star alongside Robert Emms (represented by Curtis Brown), a graduate of LAMDA and soon to be seen in War Horse, who plays the damaged 19 year old of the title, Rick Buckley.

Appearing as Skunk's brother Jed, is one of Screenterrier's top young teenage actors 16 year old Bill Milner (represented by Curtis Brown).

And 18 year old Faye Daveney (represented by A&J Management) will play Saskia, one of the troubled sisters in the neighbouring Oswald family. 13 year old George Sargeant (Academy Agency) plays Skunk's young boyfriend Dillon.

Tim Roth plays Archie the father of the 11-year-old girl (Eloise Laurence) living in North London who witnesses a violent attack that changes the way she looks at the world around her.

Based on the novel by Daniel Clay and adapted for the screen by Mark O’Rowe, Broken will be directed by Rufus Norris and features a high calibre cast which also includes Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, and Zana Marjanovic.

The film, produced by Cuba Pictures, will shoot for five weeks in the UK.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Look out for newcomer Aimee Kelly (represented by United Agents) who makes her film debut in Sket, and has also been nominated for Best British Newcomer in the 55th BFI London Film Festival awards, alongside Sket's writer and director Nirpal Bhogal.

17 year old Aimee was so admired by casting director Jane Ripley and the producers that her script was re-written for her native Newcastle accent.

Sket is a hard hitting look at the world of girl gang culture. Aimee plays Kayla, a young, sixteen year old, facing the harsh London streets of gangland culture alone. Her mother already dead and her only protector and loving sister, Tanya, is brutally murdered by violent, misogynist gang leader Trey. Swearing vengeance, Kayla joins a girl gang led by the violent, damaged Danielle (Emma Hartley-Miller) who has her own reasons for helping Kayla seek retribution.

Sket also stars Ashley Walters, Lily Loveless, Emma Hartley-Miller, Adelayo Adedayo, Richie Campbell, Riann Steele, Katie Foster Barnes, guest starring Maxsta, and introducing Aimee Kelly and fellow North East newcomer Varada Sethu as Kiran.

Sket will be in cinemas nationwide from October 28th.

Monday, October 3, 2011

StreetDance 2 trailer

Check out the official Teaser Trailer for StreetDance 2, which will be in cinemas in March 2012.

StreetDance 2 sees the return of a few favourites from the first film, including George Sampson, who won over audiences with his portrayal of cheeky chappie Eddie, and dance troupe Flawless reprise their role as dance crew The Surge. Falk Hentschel and Sofia Boutella star in the lead roles of Ash and Eva.

When top street dancer Ash (Hentschel) is humiliated and laughed off stage by American crew Invincible, he sets off to gather the best dancers from around the world to take them on – with a dance style they weren’t expecting. With landmark locations, a spectacular fusion of dance styles and an unparalleled vibrancy, the sequel to StreetDance sees our hero fall in love with a beautiful salsa dancer as he discovers the magic, power and passion of dancing for the ultimate global dance off.