Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Les Miserables feature open castings for extras

 UPDATE: The Winchester casting has  been cancelled.

Open castings for extras in Kent, London, Northampton, Winchester and Portsmouth for Tom Hooper's new feature film adaptation of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne!


Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I take part and which casting should I attend?
To take part you will need to attend one of the castings, you can just turn up at any time within the specified times. There will be castings taking place in Kent, London, Northampton, Winchester and Portsmouth more information on each casting will be posted as it becomes available. You only need to attend one casting and please only attend the casting in the area which is closest to you and you wish to film in.

Can I bring my friends or family with me?
Yes you can as long as they are above the age of 16yrs old and would like to take part.

How old do i have to be to take part in this film?
You must be aged between 16yrs to 100yrs if you wish to take part.

What will happen on the casting day?
On the casting day you will be asked to fill up a form with your basic contact details and dates you are available for filming. You will then have a couple of photos taken and your measurements taken.

How many days will I be filming?
The number of days filming will depend on the role you are given and your availability.

Is this film open to all ethnicities?
Due to the era that the film is set we will not be able to use any one from Asian, oriental, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani or Arab backgrounds.

I am already a registered member with Uni-versalEXTRAS do I still need to attend the casting?
There is no need to attend the castings as we will be selecting from the system.

For more information visit the Les Miserables Feature Film Facebook Group

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Audition for Jacqueline Jossa's agency

On Wednesday 25th January, Eastenders star Jacqueline Jossa won the Best Newcomer award at the National Television Awards. 18 year old Jacqueline (represented by D&B Management) joined the Eastenders cast as the new Lauren Branning in 2010.

Once Jacqueline got over her initial shock, she accepted her award with the following speech,

“Thank you everyone who voted for me. Thank you to everyone at Eastenders, Brian Kirkwood and John York because EastEnders is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Thank you to my friends, my family, my boyfriend because I wouldn’t be able to do anything without them. Thank you to everyone at D&B and again, everyone who voted for me. Thank You!”

The whole cast and crew of EastEnders were absolutely thrilled and Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer had the following to say,

“I'd like to say a huge congratulations to our girl, Jacqueline Jossa, for her amazing success. It's well-deserved recognition of Jacqueline's beautiful, truthful and moving portrayal of Lauren Branning."

D&B Management who represent the rising star, are currently auditioning for new talent:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pramface coming soon to BBC3

Pramface is a new 6-part comedy series, about two teenagers trying, and often failing, to come to terms with impending parenthood, coming to BBC Three.

Laura, 18, and Jamie, 16, meet at a sixth form party after completing their respective A-Level and GCSE exams. But little can prepare them for the result of their brief, drunken hook-up.

From the moment Laura discovers she is pregnant, the series follows the couple as they face the big moments and even bigger decisions about life and responsibility across those all important nine months.

Scarlett Alice Johnson (represented by United Agents), who played Vicki Fowler in EastEnders back in 2003, stars as Laura Derbyshire, an 18 year old who has everything going for her. After years of conscientious study she excelled in her exams and in a few weeks she’ll be escaping home for university and independence. This is all coming at the right time for Laura, as her relationship with her warring parents is at an all time low. So despite being grounded, when she’s invited to the party of the summer Laura sneaks out, determined to cut loose and have some fun. But weeks later, she’s horrified when she discovers that the fun, cute guy from the party is in fact a 16 year old boy. And now she has to come to terms with the fact she’s not going to be alone again for a very long time.

Sean Verey (represented by Curtis Brown) stars as Jamie Prince who crashes a sixth-form party and can't believe his luck when he meets party-girl Laura. However, the next morning, worried that a now-sober Laura may react badly to the revelation he’s only 16, he leaves before she wakes. But not before scribbling his number down in the unlikely event she wants to see him again. He’s therefore doubly stunned when Laura does eventually call him a few weeks later with the news that he is going to be a dad. But Jamie’s a good lad and he’s determined to do the right thing. He’s just not sure what that is yet.

Yasmin Paige (also Curtis Brown), who starred most recently as Jordana in the acclaimed feature film Submarine, plays Jamie's friend Beth Mitchell. Beth is smarter than most people around her, but never gets taken seriously because she looks much younger than her 16 years. Her unrequited love for Jamie is exquisitely painful for her. These twin frustrations mean Beth has a tendency to ‘go off on one’ at the slightest provocation.

Dylan Edwards plays Jamie's best friend Mike with Emer Kenny (from Eastenders E20, and who also writes for Skins) as Laura's best friend Danielle.

Angus Deayton and Anna Chancellor take on the roles of Laura’s parents and Ben Crompton and Bronagh Gallagher play Jamie’s parents. 

Pramface was written by Chris Reddy, directed by Dan Zeff and is a BBC/Little Comet production for BBC Three.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guernsey open casting

Kenneth Branagh is set to direct Guernsey, a film adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows’s best-selling novel, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Kate Winslet will star as writer Juliet Ashton, who penned columns for a magazine during World War II. After the war, she is contacted by Channel Islander Dawsey Adams and, as their correspondence continues, the story unfolds of how a book society was established on Nazi-occupied Guernsey to fool curfew patrols.

Open auditions are being held to find a girl from Guernsey to play the part of Kit, who is aged between four and six, the adopted child of Juliet Ashton (Kate Winslet).

Casting Brief
Kit: 4 years old - would consider casting a 6 year old as a 4 year old if she could play down. It's important that she is believably that age. A rural, intelligent young girl. A chatter box. Hugely infectious. We love her. Kit is a GREAT role and has lots to do and interacts with the adults in many scenes. We need to find a young girl who would be absolutely comfortable with acting. Who we could get great reaction from and who could also learn lines and interact with the others. She would film in Guernsey and in Pinewood studio. A great face. We should all want to adopt Kit.

The open auditions are due to be held on Saturday 28th January at St Sampson's High School between 09:00 and 14:30 GMT.

Theatre schools on the island have been approached to put forward girls for private auditions on Friday.

Kelly Valentine Hendry, who is responsible for the casting, said they were looking for a natural and previous experience of acting was not necessary.

She said there was no need to book for the open casting, that only one parent could attend per child and those girls attending should take along a small box containing three items they particularly like or find interesting to talk about.

Filming is due to commence mid-March with some of the scenes being filmed in Guernsey.

Kenneth Branagh is currently location-spotting on the island.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Craig Roberts to star alongside Emma Roberts

Young British actor Craig Roberts is to star alongside Emma Roberts in a new film I Am My Family Secret, to be directed by Derick Martini (Hick).

21 year old Craig (represented in the UK by Curtis Brown) recently picked up the Critics Circle award for Young British Performer of the Year for his portrayal of Oliver Tate in Submarine, and will also be seen this year in British indie heist thriller Comes a Bright Day.

The Welsh actor started performing as a child, landing roles in Tracy Beaker and starring as Robin Branaugh in the first two series of CBBC's Young Dracula.

I Am My Family Secret tells the story of two brothers, wildly different, who discover their parents have been hiding a startling and life-altering secret from them for over two decades.

It will shoot later this year.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Russell T Davies to create new children’s drama for CBBC

Russell T Davies, who created The Sarah Jane Adventures for CBBC and brought back Doctor Who to the BBC after a 16-year hiatus, has been commissioned to create a brand new action adventure drama for children's television called Aliens Vs Wizards for CBBC.

From the dark side of the moon, aliens are scanning the Earth searching for magic and are prepared to destroy everything in their path to get it. All that stands in the way of Earth’s imminent destruction are two 16-year old schoolboys, Tom and Benny. It’s Ray Guns vs Wands; Science vs Magic and Aliens vs Wizards.

Tom Clarke lives a seemingly ordinary life with his dad and grandmother. However he hides a deep secret - Tom’s family are wizards and when the Nekross arrive, hungry for magic, they find themselves on the menu.

The Nekross may be equipped with ray guns, teleports and high-tech robots but they haven’t reckoned on Tom and his friend, science super-brain Benny. They form an extraordinary duo, using Tom’s magic and Benny’s science to battle the Nekross and save the Earth.

Russell said of the series idea “Wizards have never met aliens before, and when they do, the result is spectacular! The mysterious Nekross know exactly what to do with magicians. Eat them! Let battle be joined!”

He added "We're joining genres too - the show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.“

It's the first new series from Russell T Davies since he came back to the UK from Hollywood last year.

CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the new series, says: “This is going to be an incredible rollercoaster ride of an adventure. We believe children deserve the best and we’re delighted to be working again with Russell and the talented teams at BBC Wales and FremantleMedia Enterprises to bring the story to life.”

The 12 x 30 minutes episode series will be filmed in the brand new BBC Cymru Wales studios in Roath Lock, Cardiff, for CBBC, for broadcast in Autumn 2012.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Little Cracker becomes a series

Following the success of Kathy Burke's Little Cracker short film, which aired on Sky 1 over Christmas 2010, the actress has written her first ever TV series, which has been picked up by Sky Atlantic.

Young Kathy harboured a dream to be an actress, but circumstance and her upbringing made it an unlikely dream.

The four-part Walking and Talking tells stories inspired from her teenage years - time spent skiving from school with her best friend, talking about boys and planning for the future. Her Little Cracker told of how a chance meeting with The Clash changed her life.

17 year old Ami Metcalf (represented by Kelly Management) will reprise her role starring as the young Kathy with Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Sketch from Skins) again playing her best friend.

Kathy Burke herself will also appear in each episode as Angry Nun, alongside Sean Gallagher (Coronation Street, Linda Green, Death in Paradise) who will play Pretty Nun, and stand-up comedy legend Jerry Sadowitz as Jimmy the Jew.

Talking about the show, Kathy Burke commented: “I wanted to write a semi-autobiographical piece that was uplifting and heart-warming. Walking and Talking is my love letter to books, 70's television, music and friendship."

Lucy Lumsden, Sky's head of comedy added: “We loved Kathy's Little Cracker so much we demanded more. We are immensely proud to have this exquisite series for Sky Atlantic HD."

She's the second star who recorded an episode of Sky 1's Christmas series Little Crackers to get a series off the back of it, following Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy getting picked up by Sky 1.

The four-part Walking and Talking will be made by Tiger Aspect and directed by Tim Kirkby and will air in Summer 2012.


Check out the amazing new video for Coldplay's Paradise, directed by Shynola and produced by Rob Small, starring 8 year old Lily-May Crosby (represented by Daisy & Dukes) as 'Ellen'.

This video also features another Daisy & Dukes child, Maya as the boyfriend's new girlfriend.

Coldplay - 'Paradise' by Shynola from Shynola on Vimeo.

Crystal King Acting Academy

Crystal King Acting Academy specialises in developing and representing young aspiring actors in London.

Each term we teach students a range of skills such as acting for camera, theatre, speech and audition techniques.

Each student is given the opportunity to take prestigious internationally
recognised examinations. In addition to this talented students are put
forward for Film, Theatre, Television and Commercial roles through Crystal King Agency.

Our next term which starts on Wednesday 1st of February 2012 and we'll be joined by an experienced script writer and editor who has worked on productions such as Eastenders and Holby City. We'll also be preparing students for LAMDA examinations.

If you are interested in joining us please email
info@crystalkingactingacademy.co.uk for further information.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Secret of Crickley Hall

A BBC adaptation of James Herbert's best-selling ghost story, The Secret of Crickley Hall, a haunted house chiller, full of scares but underpinned by the moving tales of children and parents separated 70 years apart, is underway.

The three episode drama is to be directed by Joe Ahearne (Apparitions, Doctor Who, This Life) who has also written the script, for BBC Drama Production North, and is set for broadcast around Halloween 2012.

The story is about a family who relocate to a rain-swept house in a Devonshire town called Devil’s Cleave – It turns out that during World War II, the village was decimated by a flood. Crickley Hall was home to a group of poor orphans evacuated from London who lived under the care of the sadistic Augustus Cribben, who terrorised, starved and beat them. The orphans were seemingly washed away by the flood and now their lost spirits haunt the hall, pursued by the monstrous figure of Cribben...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Agency looking for North of England talent

Mark Jermin Management are looking to find new talent in the North of England.

There is a possibility of a northern workshop.

We are looking for children aged 4-18 years based in Manchester, Leeds, York, Bolton, Yorkshire, Liverpool and surrounding areas.

Please email CV and head shots to kelly@markjermin.co.uk ASAP


Skins 6 Episode 1 Monday 23rd January 10pm E4!

The Skins gang return in style on Monday 23rd January at 10pm on E4,  burning their way through a holiday in Morocco.

But what begins as a hedonistic fortnight before their return to college turns into a living hell. By the time they return to Bristol everything has changed.

Friendships fall apart whilst complicated and toxic relationships begin. And there are strangers in the mix who could either save or destroy them...

Franky (Dakota Blue Richards) goes through a sexual awakening that unleashes a wild and unpredictable side to her when she meets Luke (Joe Cole).

In Franky's wake trails Matty (Sebastian De Souza), deeply in love and about to get himself into even deeper trouble. Meanwhile Nick (Sean Teale) slowly begins to realise just what his brother sees in Franky.

Grace (Jessica Sula) and Rich (Alexander Arnold) are closer than ever, but the future holds something unexpected in store for them. Alo (Will Merrick) is no longer a virgin and the world is his oyster. But his refusal to grow up causes big problems for him and those who love him, forcing Alo to step up and fulfil his potential.

The boundaries of Liv (Laya Lewis) and Mini's (Freya Mavor) friendship are tested to the limit as they struggle to deal with life-changing events. Mini carries a secret and finds out what it's like to grow up too quickly, while Liv gravitates towards new boy Alex (Sam Jackson) who crash lands into our gang's world at just the right time. Alex doesn't know it yet, but this strange, observant and independent boy will learn the value of friendship while binding this group of friends together as the world drags them kicking and screaming into adulthood.

"Series six looks to be the most exciting and adventurous Skins run ever. The young writing team have taken the characters they established last year on incredible journeys of self-discovery. Just before their final year at Roundview begins, they go on holiday together and their lives are turned upside down. Set and shot in Morocco the cast and crew have excelled themselves with an extraordinary first episode that includes sun, sex, swimming pools, beach parties and a shocking and devastating car crash. What follows is nine more episodes of the brilliantly written, brilliantly performed fall out." - John Griffin, Executive Producer.

Series six features guest appearances from Chris Addison as Professor Blood, Giles Thomas as Doug, John Sessions as Geoff, Clare Grogan as Shelly, Dan Black as Rider and Josie Long as Josie, alongside new guest artists Fenella Fielding, Liza Tarbuck, Isy Suttie, Sarah Solemani, Karl Theobald, Dawn Porter and Joe Cole as Luke.

Skins is made by Company Pictures for E4.

CBBC Casting call



A casting workshop is being held this Saturday 14th January 2012 only.
Below are the character breakdowns:

Stanley is 12 / 13 and our lead boy.
Stanley is a bright spark, naturally inquisitive and into everything including comics, gadgets and computer games - but like a typical 12 year old he often questions the way something works.

Jess is 12 / 13 and one of Stanley's friends.
Cunning, deadpan, witty and street-smart, she knows how to use her deceptive strength to come out on top.

Mike is 12 / 13 Stanley’s best friend.
Stanley’s best friend, Mike is small for his age.  He’ll always ‘have a go’ even though we know he won’t be able to fend off the bully or open the pickle jar.


Please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED asap for an appointment.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

LOL: Laughing Out Loud trailer

Check out the trailer to LOL: Laughing Out Loud starring Great Expectations's Douglas Booth alongside Miley Cyrus!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Feature film casting call for Yorkshire-based teenagers


With the lead role of Paul Varderman now cast in GreenScreen Productions upcoming feature film, based on the book by Anthony McGowan, The Knife That Killed Me, they are now looking for supporting actors.

Looking for strong actors aged 14-17, with Yorkshire accent. See below for full details of characters:

Closing Date: 11/01/2012 : 23:59

Pay category: Paid (Equity minimum)

Production dates: Mid Feb 2012

Company: GreenScreen Productions

Producer: Tom Mattinson

Director: Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman

Casting director: Jeremy Zimmermann

: York

Casting details
: Thursday 12th January 2012 in York

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.

Goddo (Male, 14 - 17)

A 16 year old, good-looking, natural leader who is street-wise and at times, menacing. Role requires lots of energy and someone who looks physically strong. Must be based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.67 - 2.20

Ethnicity: African-American, Black-African, Black-Caribbean, Black-Other Areas, Mixed Race

Bates (Male, 14 - 17)

16 year old , overweight, gormless "big lump" who does his best to be intimidating. A member of Roth's gang. Requires energy and actors with good comic timing. Should be overweight and based in the Yorkshire area; preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.52 - 2.20

Ethnicity: Eastern European, Mediterranean, Scandinavian, White

Roth (Male, 14 - 17)

16 year old, leader of a gang. Menacing and threatening. Must look physically strong and based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.67 - 2.20

Ethnicity: Eastern European, Mediterranean, Scandinavian, White

Kirk/Stevie (Male, 14 - 17)

16 year-olds in the "Freaks" social group. Average teenage school boys who are not particularly cool or popular. Must be based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.52 - 2.20

Ethnicity: Any

Shane (Male, 14 - 17)

16 year old, good-looking alpha male. His peers look up to him. Must be based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.62 - 2.20

Ethnicity: Eastern European, Mediterranean, Scandinavian, White

Serena (Female, 14 - 17)

16 year-old girl, part of the "freaks" social group. Must be based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.52 - 2.20

Ethnicity: African-American, Asian, Black-African, Black-Caribbean, Black-Other Areas, Chinese, Filipino/Malay/Thai, Indian, Japanese, Mixed Race, Oriental, Pakistani

Billy (Male, 14 - 17)

16 year old, also in the "Freaks" social group. More sensitive and caring than the others in his group. Tries to make the best out of difficult situations, and always wants to make things right. Must be based in the Yorkshire area and preferably from a working-class background.

Height: 1.52 - 2.20

Ethnicity: Any

Kevin Skinner (Male, 12 - 15)

A "little tike" in year 8. Very inquisitive and extremely cheeky. Must be based in the Yorkshire area.

Height: 1.52 - 1.72 

Ethnicity: Any

All submissions should be sent to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Closing Date: 11/01/2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Phone Genie

16 year old Bessie Cursons from Portsmouth, who shot to fame when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent aged 12, leads the cast of new CITV comedy drama series My Phone Genie. Bessie, who went on to attend Sylvia Young Theatre School, plays Jasmine Hart who downloads a new Genie App to her phone which when opened gives her access to a real life Genie!

Gene the Genie is played by newcomer 16 year old Adam Wadsworth from Chiswick. Haruka Abe (represented by Sainou) plays Naoko. 16 year old Fox Jackson-Keen (represented by Byron's Management) from London, who starred as Billy Elliot for a 2-year run in the West End musical, plays Mobbsy.

The cast also includes Lothaire Gerard (represented by A&J Management) from London as Brent, and 9 year old Ethan Hammer (also represented by A&J) as Reese. Ethan also made his West End debut in ‘Billy Elliot’ playing Small Boy when he was 6 years old. With 17 year old Heather Nicol from Fulwood, who won a full scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School when she was 11, as Penne.

Jasmine Hart (Jaz) has a genie in her phone. All Jaz really wanted was the free ringtone download advertised in a weird pop-up ad online, but instead she got landed with Gene.

Genies have kept up-to-date with modern times, ditched their lamps and moved into the mobile phone market. Plus once you've downloaded yourself a genie it's pretty much guaranteed you'll spend the rest of your life trying to get shot of him. The literature reads: Lifetime support and unlimited wishes, your dreams answered and a friend for life (not so different from a mobile phone contract) - moreover, Gene just LOVES granting wishes and sees any occasion as a perfect opportunity for a wish to be used.

The series filmed in Galway, Ireland from July to December 2011.

My Phone Genie is on Sundays at 9am on CITV/ITV & on Wednesdays at 5pm on CITV.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The 4 O'Clock Club comes to CBBC

Oscar Lloyd, Doc Brown, Khalil Madovi, Tom Rolinson
Back in March 2011, Screenterrier posted the casting call for the lead characters in a new BBC comedy drama 4 O'Clock Club about a troublesome 13 year-old who wants to become a rap superstar.

Filmed in Manchester, the 13 episode series is now ready to hit our screens, with the first episode on Friday 13th January 2012 at 5:30pm on the CBBC channel.

Written by and starring rapper/comedian Doc Brown as Nathan Carter, the young cast includes:

Newcomer Khalil Madovi as Josh Carter, who at 13 years old, is master of all he surveys - particularly his school, the run-down Elmsbury High. His art of manipulating everyone and everything on school grounds is second only to his desire to become a rap superstar.

14 year old Tom Rolinson (represented by Scream Management) from Blackpool plays Ash, Josh's best friend. Tom had a small role in in Sheridan Smith's Little Cracker.

14 year old Oscar Lloyd (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from Seaford, plays Ryan. Oscar is a member of The Theatre Workshop in Brighton and has previously appeared in Emmerdale, an episode of Doctor Who and Lark Rise to Candleford. He will also be seen in the up-coming BBC drama series One Night.

15 year old Alana Thornton (represented by Amber Personal Management) from Manchester plays school trouble-maker Molly.

Rap and comedy combine to tell a tale of sibling rivalry. Rookie teacher Nathan Carter starts his first day back at Elmsbury High School where he was once - well - not the best kid in the class. Nathan is on a mission. He wants to connect with all the kids who have problems and who he thinks he understands because he used to be one of them. He takes charge of the euphemistically-named 4 O'Clock Club. It's really the detention class, and to his surprise he discovers that the king of the club is his 13-year-old brother, Josh. Josh is in denial that this uncool, elbow-patched, fresh-faced teacher is his brother. He has told all the other 4 O'Clock Clubbers that his brother, Natty C, is a famous rapper.

Check out the first episode of 4 O'Clock Club after Tracy Beaker Returns on Friday 13th January 2012 at 5:30pm on the CBBC channel.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hit and Miss

Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Chloë Sevigny stars in Hit and Miss, Sky's first original drama commission, written by Paul Abbott. Chloe takes the lead role of Mia, a contract killer with a big secret: she's a transgender woman.

Mia's life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from her ex, Wendy, who reveals that she's dying from cancer and that Mia had fathered a son, 11-year-old Ryan, who will be played by newcomer Jorden Bennie.

Travelling to a tiny village in West Yorkshire to see the boy, Mia then discovers the rest of Wendy's brood:

16-year-old Riley is played by Karla Crome from London. 23 year old Karla (represented by Troika) is a graduate of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and is also a talented writer, with her play If Chloe Can recently produced by the National Youth Theatre.

15 year old Levi is played by Reece Noi. 23 year old Reece (represented by Curtis Brown) is from Manchester, and started his acting career as a child, going on to appear in Grange Hill and Waterloo Road. Most recently he appeared in BBC law drama Silk and also stars in British indie feature Seamonsters.

And the youngest member of the family, 6-year-old Leonie is played by newcomer Roma Christensen.  Roma is a member of Stage 84, the Yorkshire School of Performing Arts, and  recently appeared in Beauty and the Beast at the Alhambra in Bradford.

Hit and Miss is about family, sexual identity and the highs and lows of being a parent. It follows Mia's attempts to mix her killer instincts with her new maternal ones and her search for identity. Having a lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family will dramatically change all of their lives forever.

Hit and Miss also stars Peter Wight as Eddie, Mia's handler and a well-known name in the criminal underworld, Robin Hood's Jonas Armstrong as landscape gardener Ben, who lives in the village and falls for Mia, unaware of her transgendered status.
Vincent Regan (300, Clash of The Titans) plays John, a farmer who owns the smallholding where the Mia and the family live. He considers himself a hard man and is disliked in the village. He lives with his wife Penny (Erin Shanagher) and son Aaron  played by 13 year old Jordan Hill (represented by Laine Management).
The cast also includes Ethan Griffin (Marchlands) as Andy, Steve Money (EastEnders) as Wayne, and Ben Crompton (Going Postal) as Liam.

The 6 part series airs on Sky Atlantic this Spring, date tbc.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Brother The Devil

Screenterrier posted an open casting call back in June last year for a feature film which is now complete. My Brother The Devil tells the tale of two teenage brothers of Egyptian descent who are members of a London postcode gang.

It is the directorial debut of writer/director Sally El Hosaini, is the only British film selected to compete in the world cinema dramatic category at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival which takes place in January.

The film stars 25 year old James Floyd (represented by CAM) as the handsome Rashid, and Fady Elsayed as his younger brother Mo, alongside Saïd Taghmaoui. With 18 year old Letitia Wright (represented by Identity Agency Group), recently seen in Channel 4's Top Boy, as Aisha.

Fourteen-year-old Mo is a lonely, sensitive boy whose hunger for the rant and banter of buddies makes him prone to tread dangerous territories. He idolizes his handsome older brother, Rashid, a charismatic, well-respected member of a local gang, whose drug dealing enables “Rash” to provide for his family. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons. It turns out that hate is easy. It is love and understanding that take real courage.

"One of the big influences on the story was the 7/7 tube bombings," director Sally El Hosaini told The Observer. "I was frustrated with the way British Muslim youth were being portrayed in the media. I have lived on a council estate in Hackney for the last 10 years and I knew the kids near me were not like that. I just wanted to make an honest film about them."

As well as attending Sundance labs in 2009, Hosaini spent time with young gang members, with the help of script adviser Aymen Hamdouchi. "I would feel a fraud making a film about something I didn't feel I had truly understood. So I did go commando. I found myself hanging on street corners at 3am with groups of boys."

My Brother the Devil was shot on location in Hackney last August and September, in the aftermath of the riots, and will premiere at Sundance with an eye to general release in summer 2012.

Skins Series 6 trailer

Check out the trailer for the 6th Series of Skins, featuring the same gang as last year, and a couple of new faces Sam Jackson and Joe Cole (one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011), with an episode set in Morocco. The series starts on E4 on January 23rd 2012.

The soundtrack is 'Rivers' by enigmatic British indie foursome Kankouran.

First Look at Birdsong starring Eddie Redmayne

29 year old Eddie Redmayne (represented in the UK by United Agents) and Clémence Poesy star as the passionate lovers Stephen and Isabelle brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story Birdsong.

The two-part adaptation moves between 1910 and 1916, in turns telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.

 This is where he meets Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle), a tunneller who is emotional, gregarious and popular with the other men, where Stephen is closed, reserved and distant. In Jack, Stephen sees a version of what he could be as he gradually learns from him what it means to be a man, and to be a father, and in doing so he begins to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.

The cast also includes Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011,  and George McKay, who recently filmed the lead role in another WW1 feature Private Peaceful.

Birdsong will air on BBC One in January.