Monday, February 27, 2012

Some Girls

Filming has begun in South London on another comedy drama series for BBC Three called Some Girls, written by Bernadette Davis (Game On), and directed by Adam Miller  for Hat Trick Productions.

The six-part series follows "the lives and loves of a group of four quirky 16 year old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate". We join them on their bumpy journey through adolescence taking in boys, sex, cliques, teachers, heartbreak, fun and even some football along the way.

Adelayo Adedayo stars as Viva, a working class, innercity girl who lives on an estate with her Dad (played by Colin Salmon) and her younger brother Jamie. Viva is intelligent, hard-working and a little shy, but by no means boring She is part of a very close-knit group of four friends and of the group, she is the one they all go to for advice. Adelayo featured in Series 4 of Skins, played in Sket. She attends Identity Drama School and was featured in the article in The Guardian article "From Hackney to Hollywood"

Natasha Jonas (represented by DAA), who played Gloria in last year's hit feature Attack The Block, is Viva's friend Holli, whose entertaining, violent outbursts are legendary.

Mandeep Dhillon (represented by Piers Nimmo Management) who featured alongside Thomas Sangster in TV movie Some Dogs Bite plays Saz,

and 18 year old Harrodian Alice Felgate (who starred in Hallmark TV movie The Cabin) as Amber completes the gang.

They talk about everything from history homework to their ambitions in life. They share everything: their clothes, their moods, their secrets and - occasionally - their mothers' tranquillisers.

Producer Justin Davies commented: "Some Girls is a very funny snapshot of four underdogs. It is an unadulterated celebration of teenage life; messy, sexy and a little bit wrong – but always lots of fun."

Bad Education

Production begins this week on a new 6-part comedy drama series for BBC Three called Bad Education, written by and starring comedian and Fresh Meat star Jack Whitehall. Jack plays Alfie, the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system.

Co-written with Freddie Syborn, and produced by Tiger Aspect, Bad Education is a comedy about a teacher who’s a bigger kid then the pupils he teaches.

Alfie Wicker was always a loser; the kid that everyone gave up hope in, dropping back year after year at school and at university. But, in the end, he scraped through and got his PGCSE. And now, he’s got his first job as a teacher of a support class. His class is made up of pupils struggling to get through their GCSE’s and it’s his job to give them extra tuition in a selection of key topics. So, in a highly ironic way, he’s now kind of teaching himself eight years previously. He loves his pupils. And while, he makes mistakes a plenty along the way he genuinely has their best interests at heart. It’s just that a love interest, a computer game or the opportunity of getting off his head sometimes, well, complicate things.

The series will also feature Mat Horne, and some of the young actors playing Alfie's pupils include Layton Williams (Postcode), Charlie Wernham (School of Comedy), and Jack Binstead.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Moth Diaries trailer

Screenterrier reported back in 2009 and 2010 on the casting of Lily Cole as Ernessa and Sarah Bolger as Rebecca in director Mary Harron's feature film adaptation of Rachel Klein's cult teenage gothic novel The Moth Diaries.  They are joined by Canadian actress Sarah Gadon as Lucy.

Check out the trailer and official synopsis below:

Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That’s the case with Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father’s suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa. As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion — Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity? 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Young Brit to star in 300 prequel

20 year old Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents), who got his start in the London stage production of  Spring Awakening,  is set to star in the 300 prequel, provisionally titled 300: Battle of Artemisia.

300 was the hugely successful adaptation of the cult graphic novel series by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley set in ancient Greece, featuring an epic array of Persians, Spartans and Greeks.

300: Battle of Artemisia is a prequel centred around the Persian King, Xerxes.

He will play Calisto, a 16 year old whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was, leads him to become the leader of a small band of soldiers. The cast also includes Eva Green as Artemisia.

Jamie has recently wrapped playing the lead role of Mark, alongside another rising star Toby Regbo as John, in the Andrew Douglas-directed uwantme2killhim?, a film about a young man entangled in an unhealthy internet relationship that results in him committing a crime.

He will also be seen this year as Drainpipe in punk comedy Vinyl, which is currently doing the rounds at film festivals.

Filming on 300: Battle of Artemisia is due to start in July.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Urgent last minute casting call for young actors


Casting Director Kerrie Mailey is looking for the following characters URGENTLY. 

Please read carefully:



MIKE (Male)

Mike is 13/ 14

Stanley’s best friend


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

STEPH (Female)

Stanley's Sister and aged 15





Please only apply if you fit the casting brief and can make a casting in London tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rufus casting news

Photo credit: Will Thomas Freeman
Back in September last year, an open casting was held in London to find a 16 year old boy to play the lead role in Rufus, a sophisticated coming-of-age vampire movie filming in Canada.

Newcomer Rory Saper was spotted after casting assistant Olivia Brittain found some short films he and a friend posted to YouTube and invited him to attend an audition with casting director Amelia Hashemi - and he landed the role!

Director David Schultz knew right away the young actor had what he was looking for, even with his limited experience.

"We looked at about 300 kids. It's really tough to find a 15-year-old. Casting agents usually give you someone who is 18, 19," he says. "Rory came in at the last minute and when he walked in, I thought, 'This is the kid.' Of course, the producer is all stressed and says, 'We looked at 300 kids and of course you're going to choose the one that's never acted.'"

He is currently in Saskatchewan, Canada; shooting began at the end of January and will wrap on the last day of February.

Rory, who is a pupil at Harrow School, always thought he might want to become an actor, but his experience on the set of Rufus has solidified his career ambition. When shooting wraps up at the end of the month, Saper will return immediately to school, but hopes more acting opportunities will come his way, and he has been snapped up by agency Curtis Brown.

Mr Stink comes to BBC 1

In 2010, there was talk of a TV adaptation of David Walliams’ first children’s novel The Boy in the Dress. But it looks like his best-selling second novel Mr Stink is going to reach our screens first.

Adapted by David, the 1x60 minute family comedy drama is based on his touching, twisted and hilarious tale of Mr Stink, who is befriended by a local girl, 12 year old Chloe.

Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks.
But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed, when it looks like Mr Stink might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose.

David Walliams says: "I am beyond thrilled that BBC One is adapting my children's book Mr Stink into a family film. I have written the script, and can't wait to see actors bring it to life." He is set to play the prime minister in the TV adaptation.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One, says: “Mr Stink is a heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages. It's brilliant to be working with David to bring his magical tale to BBC One.”

Mr Stink is being made by BBC In-House Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Productions.

Filming will take place later this year, it will be shown at Christmas and further details on the cast will be announced in due course. 

Mr Stink was also adapted into a stage play last year.

RKA Agency auditions - this Saturday!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sheridan Smith to star in new ITV drama Mrs Biggs

Sheridan Smith is to play the title role of Charmian Biggs in the five part ITV drama Mrs Biggs produced by ITV Studios. She will be joined by Danny Mays (Public Enemies, Ashes to Ashes, Made in Dagenham) who assumes the iconic role of Charmian’s infamous ex-husband Ronnie Biggs.

Written by award-winning writer and Executive Producer Jeff Pope,  Mrs Biggs will chronicle Charmian’s life from the fateful moment that, as a teenager on a train, she first met and fell in love with the flirtatious and worldly Biggs.

Sheridan commented: "When I received the call to say that I'd got this job I burst into tears.  Charmian is an incredible woman, and I'm so lucky that she'll be on hand to support me and give me advice during the shoot.  I hope that I can do her story justice".

Mrs Biggs will recount the story of their struggle to stay together in the face of fierce opposition from Charmian’s family - aghast at Biggs’ criminal record - and their idyllic life as the parents of young children before money worries forced Biggs to ask for a loan from an old friend to pay the deposit on a house they wanted to buy for their growing family. That friend was Bruce Reynolds, at that moment planning on of the most famous crimes in British history - the Great Train Robbery of August 1963. 

After the crime, she secretly emigrates to Australia with her three sons on false passports so that she can remain with her husband and help him avoid capture for more than four years, before Ronnie fled to Rio and started a new life there without.

Directed by Paul Whittington, filming has now begun in Manchester for five weeks and will then move to Australia, where it will continue for another five weeks.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

First look at Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium

Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton have wrapped filming on Byzantium, the Neil Jordan directed vampire feature.

Saoirse plays Eleanor, a teenager who is turned into a vampire by her own mother Clara (Gemma Arterton), and is seen with bloodied fingers in the first official still from the film.

Taking on the role of "sisters", they are on the run for murder, and arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past, while Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet, they both hide the same secrets. They are really mother and daughter, and they are both vampires.

Exhausted by 200 years on the run, Eleanor is desperate to settle down, but little does she know, her mother has been protecting her all of the years from their own kind, "The Brotherhood". To escape them, they must either blend in or continue running away. Just as they think they may have escaped, their past rapidly catches up with them.

Byzantium also stars Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Caleb Landry Jones and is due to premiere later this year.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Watch the trailer to school musical feature film Hunky Dory

A musical feature film set in Wales, Hunky Dory was a long time coming as it struggled for funding, with open castings held for 16 to 20 year old singers in London, Manchester and Swansea back in 2009.

Filming wrapped in September 2010 and the film is finally getting its UK release in cinemas on March 2nd.

The film stars Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, whose father originally hails from Swansea, alongside an ensemble of young British talent including Aneurin Barnard (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), winner of the 2010 Olivier award for best actor in a musical for the West End musical Spring Awakening, newcomer Danielle Branch (represented by Regan Rimmer), with Fresh Meat star Kimberley Nixon (also Ken McReddie), and George Mackay (soon to be seen in upcoming feature Private Peaceful).

Hunky Dory is an engaging British twist on the heartache and heartbreak of putting on a show. In the sweltering summer of 1976 in Swansea, drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) struggles to inspire her pupils to give their all to a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Shy David (Aneurin Barnard) has been cast as Ferdinand but is distracted by his infatuation with Stella (Danielle Branch) who plays Miranda. The headmaster has stepped in to play Prospero and everyone is predicting disaster. Can she snatch victory from the jaws of defeat? A bittersweet, charming film with a soundtrack courtesy of Bowie, Nick Drake and ELO.

White Heat

A new six-part drama series, White Heat comes to BBC Two in March. It tells the story of the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day. The semi-autobiographical series is written for by award-winning writer Paula Milne.

White Heat meets seven students at the moment they move into a Tufnell Park flat as undergraduates in 1965.

The younger intelligent feminist Charlotte is played by Claire Foy, rebel with a cause Jack is played by Sam Claflin, fragile beauty Lilly by MyAnna Buring, medical student Jay by Reece Ritchie, electronics enthusiast Alan is played by Lee Ingleby, law student Victor played by David Gyasi and big-hearted Orla by Jessica Gunning.

Paula Milne said of the casting: "Getting the right cast for White Heat was crucial not least because it spans half a century. It means our young cast must age from 18 to early forties when the older cast take over. Our young cast are all riding the crest of their own burgeoning, brilliant careers – like the characters are when we first meet them. It takes more than talent to take us on their epic journey through the decades – it takes insight and extraordinary maturity and they have that too. They all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them." 

Charlotte, Lilly, Alan, Jay, Orla, Victor and Jack are full of youthful expectation, forging intense friendships and - in some cases - becoming bitter adversaries, in these first months of living together.

It’s the end of the post-war era, Winston Churchill has died and the world is changing rapidly, particularly for the girls with the arrival of the contraceptive pill. Charlotte and art student Lilly find the strength to defy their parents and fight for the futures they want, but Orla from Belfast is weighed down by the duty that she feels towards her impoverished family in Northern Ireland.
For all the flatmates, mutual and unrequited attractions segue into heady and potentially damaging sexual adventures, planting the seeds of future deceptions.
Finding their feet in a world where none of the old values apply is both empowering and daunting and it becomes clear that the decisions they make during these early months together will change the course of their lives. Charlotte finds herself irrevocably drawn to the volatile and charismatic Jack, a rebel angrily seeking a cause.

In the present day, Charlotte now an attractive woman in her 60s (played by Juliet Stevenson) arrives at the flat in Tufnell Park, where one of them has recently passed away. Charlotte has been made executor of the will and the remaining five are due to arrive to help her sort through the flat. As she is joined at the flat by one of the former flatmates it becomes clear a bitter betrayal took place between them in the past, and as a third flatmate arrives the complex history between them becomes painfully evident.

Check out the trailer:

First look at Broken

Screenterrier posted the open casting call back in February last year, looking for a young actress to play the lead role in new feature film Broken. Newcomer Eloise Laurence was cast in the role of 11 year old Skunk Cunningham, alongside 16 year old Bill Milner as her brother Jed.

The film features a high calibre cast which also includes Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear and Tim Roth as her father, lawyer Archie. Robert Emms (represented by Curtis Brown)  plays the damaged 19 year old of the title, Rick Buckley. 

Broken, is adapted from the book by Daniel Clay, with a screenplay by Mark O'Rowe and directed by Rufus Norris for Cuba Pictures.

The film will also feature original music by ELECTRIC WAVE BUREAU.

Here's the official synopsis of the film which is currently in post-production with an anticipated release date in 2013.

Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door after his daughter accuses the boy of rape, and Skunk's innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control. 

Her home, her neighbourhood, her school - all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future. Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it - the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick - and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely - to live or to die. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Emma Watson to star as Beauty

Harry Potter star Emma Watson is in final negotiations to star in a period film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, provisionally titled "Beast".

Guillermo del Toro, the director behind the darkly fantastical modern fairytale Pan's Labyrinth, will direct Watson in a film version of the classic fairytale.

Beauty and the Beast, which tells the tale of a merchant's daughter who is told that in order to save her father from death she must become mistress of a luxurious castle inhabited by an ugly man-beast, is a classic fairytale which has been passed down through the ages.

Last summer del Toro was reported to have said that Watson was "perfect" for the part of Belle.

Since filming Harry Potter, Emma Watson's film roles have included parts in My Week With Marilyn, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is due for release later this year, and she is expected to star in David Yates' Your Voice In My Head about a suicidal New York woman and the cancer-stricken therapist who saves her life.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Streetdance Juniors

With the release of Streetdance 2 set for March 30th in the UK, Vertigo films have announced a spin-off film called Streetdance Juniors.

Streetdance Juniors will see two seemingly opposite people, fast-talking Ethan and shy dance-loving nerd Jaden, partner up to create a street dance talent show in order to save their beloved youth club from closure.

With a script by Paul Gerstenberger (House of Anubis, Paradise Cafe), Vertigo are hoping to create a new spin-off franchise which will have the same kind of vibe and dancing as the first two films (Streetdance 3D and Streetdance 2) but will be all kids.

Streetdance Juniors is expected to shoot in the Spring.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

CBBC returning series

CBBC is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and as well as some exciting new series for 2012 already announced (Aliens Vs Wizards, Wolfblood and The Knot), there's some old favourites returning too.

We had to wait three years for a 3rd series of Young Dracula, the irreverent, gothic comedy-drama which takes a fresh look at the bizarre family fortunes of the Draculas, but fortunately there's not going to be such a long wait for the 4th!

The fourth series (13x30 minutes) will be swooping back onto CBBC later this year, and it promises more family in fighting with the regular favourites, but also introduces jeopardy and intrigue from new and unlikely sources.
It's set to shoot in Liverpool in a couple of months time.

Science-fiction action adventure series, The Sparticle Mystery, is back on CBBC for a second series in early 2013.

The ground-breaking drama follows a group of children left to fend for themselves when a science experiment goes wrong.  Faced with a world without adults, the children are given total freedom to be themselves and a race begins – some want to restore the world back to how it was before, and others are determined to prevent the adults returning...
The 10 x 28 minute series, made by Sparticle Productions, is expected to shoot this summer.

Currently filming in South Africa, Kindle Entertainment's Leonardo is also back for a second series.

 Set against the breathtaking backdrop of 15th century Florence, the programme follows the adventures of the teenage Leonardo da Vinci and his group of friends, and is packed full of mystery, adventure and comedy.

And finally the ever-popular M.I High is set to return for a 6th series with a new cast, as a  brand new team of spies in a brand new school are set to battle against a brand new, even more villainous villain.

The staff and pupils of the new school are still oblivious to the same big secret.  Deep beneath the school lies the secret headquarters of M.I. High – an exclusive division of highly-trained teenage spies.

M.I. High (13x30 minute episodes) is made by Kudos and is due to air early next year.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New CBBC drama The Knot

CBBC has announced another new 3-part drama, The Knot,  being made in the North West of England by Lime Pictures, the production company behind Combat Kids and Ingenious.

The Knot is a mystery drama set in the English countryside revolving around the Boulsworths, a foster family offering emergency and short-term care, looking after children on a temporary basis until permanent arrangements can be made.

In the heart of the Lancashire Fells, on the edge of the village of Featherbridge, right at the geographical centre of Britain, is The Knot – one hundred and sixty seven hectares of up and down land that has its own fell, wood, beck and cave.

Much to the distrust of many of the locals, the Boulsworths are a foster family offering emergency and short-term care, looking after children on a temporary basis until permanent arrangements can be made – and Rocket and his sister Alli have to share their home and their parents with a regular stream of incomers.

But when 14 year-old Casey Parker and his 11 year-old sister Lena arrive at The Knot, Rocket and Alli find themselves at the centre of a dangerous mystery…

The Knot is a three part drama for CBBC (3x28 minutes), written by Nick Leather, and being made by Lime Pictures.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skins star lands lead in Beautiful Creatures

Sadly due to visa problems, Jack O'Connell was not able to take up this role and was replaced by American actor Alden Ehrenreich

Skins star Jack O'Connell has landed the lead role in a new supernatural love story feature film ''Beautiful Creatures.''
Based on the first novel in a series known as the Caister Chronicles, it could be the start of a new Twilight-esque franchise, with Beautiful Creatures being followed by the subsequent books in the series Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos.

Jack will star alongside New Zealander Alice Englert  as the two teenage lovers - Ethan, a local boy who meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to his small South Carolina town. The two must confront a curse that's haunted her family for generations as they uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town, and Lena  has to come to grips with her powers.

Jack (represented by Conway Van Gelder) will be seen this year in the Michael Morpugo adaptation Private Peaceful, and has just wrapped on The Liability.

Alice (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell)  is set to appear alongside Elle Fanning in "Bomb," Sally Potter's dark comedy about two teenage girls in 1960s London. She also happens to be the daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion, the director of "Bright Star," "Holy Smoke" and "The Piano."

Based on the first novel in the five-book Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures will be written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (Living Out Loud, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You).

The coming of age story is due to start shooting in April in New Orleans.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Feature film casting for London-based teenagers

Carolyn McLeod is currently casting:

SHOOT ME: A low budget feature to be shot in and around London from April 2012.

SAM and JAZ join forces to enter a young film makers competition, but they have opposing views on how to get the best results. The movie will be shot on different types of cameras - from mobile phones to webcams etc and anyone who is cast in the film will also take an active part in making the movie.

We are looking for the following Lead Roles:

JAZ (MALE): Playing age 17-18, he could be of African, Asian or Middle Eastern descent, quietly spoken, sensitive and always keen to film the truth.

SAM (MALE): Playing age 17-18, tall and kind of awkward, but with the potential to be handsome, has a weakness for American movies and their focus on sex, drugs and crime. He often plays the fool but can be really sensitive.

ASHNA (FEMALE): Playing age 16 - 17, she is JAZ's younger sister. She is adventurous and tries to blend into and adapt to the western society. She fights the traditionalism of her parents and sometimes ignores their strict rules and keeps secrets from them.

We welcome submissions from anyone who thinks they are extreme in some way: extremely funny, extremely tall, extremely good-looking, extremely weird,or extremely talented in some way or the other.

If you think you are what we are looking for, please send a 30 second clip of yourself to the email address below and tells us in your own words "WHAT YOUR DREAMS ARE - WHAT YOU REALLY AND HONESTLY WANT TO ACHIEVE IN LIFE".

PLEASE EMAIL CLIPS TO:, please be aware that we will only contact you if we would like to call you in for an audition, which will be held in London during the 1st week of March 2012.

Don't forget to tell us your age too!

As we'll be filming in London, please only apply if you are based in London or have access to a London base.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Knife That Killed Me casting news

Jack McMullen will take the lead role of Paul Varderman in The Knife That Killed Me, a gripping and tragically topical story of one boy’s spiral into knife-crime.

20 year old Jack (represented by David Daly Associates) from Merseyside,  plays Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road and also starred in the indie feature Seamonsters, premiering at film festivals this year. He was also on our screens at Christmas in the ITV drama Fast Freddie. He started acting as a child with regular roles in Brookside and Grange Hill.

The casting call for the lead role was posted on Screenterrier back in October 2011, as well an additional call for Yorkshire-based actors in January.

The script has been adapted from Anthony McGowan’s award winning novel by Kit Monkman and Marcus Romer, who will also direct, and is being produced by Thomas Mattinson and Alan Latham.

Paul Varderman is a lanky sixteen year old lad whose world is the coarse litter strewn grass of the playing fields of his run down city school somewhere in Nothern England. Paul and his Dad, a feckless has-been of a character, are like ships that pass in the night. Whilst both know something is amiss, both do nothing about it. The coldness and lack of love that surround Paul pose the question in our mind - is the grim battle ground of the playing field a warmer and more welcoming world than his home life? At sixteen for all these kids it's sink or swim and each one is a prisoner in this world where fear rules. There are friends, there are enemies, there are gangs you do belong to, gangs you don't, and as a late arrival at the school there is pressure on Paul to make a choice, and of course, there is the girl of his dreams...

The film will shoot in new studios on the outskirts of York, and production is due to commence in mid-February.

Friday, February 3, 2012

New CBBC drama series Wolfblood

CBBC has announced an exciting new children’s fantasy drama series, which will be filmed on location in the North East of England in the coming months.

The brand new programme, Wolfblood, which will be filmed in and around Rowlands Gill in Tyne and Wear for three months from the end of February, will be a series of 13 half-hour episodes and will air later this year.

Created by Debbie Moon, the new series tells the story of Maddy Smith, who seems like an ordinary girl – but things are not what they seem. She can hear ultrasound, pick out a scent from a mile away and see in the dark. She’s faster and stronger than she appears, her senses are razor-sharp – and every full moon she has to lock her parents in the cellar. Maddy is a wolfblood. The show is set in a world where wolfbloods have lived amongst us for centuries, disguising their abilities and blending in. When new boy Rhydian turns up at school her world gets a lot more complicated...

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, CBBC, commissioned the programme. He said: “We’re always looking for programmes which bring something new to the channel for our audience to enjoy, and Wolfblood is a really exciting concept and one I believe will capture the imagination of our viewers. CBBC has always had a strong record of producing acclaimed children’s dramas and with such a strong team working on this show, I can’t wait to see the end result.”

“We’ve filmed in the North East many times, including most recently for the Tracy Beaker Returns series, and it’s great to be back – we’re looking forward to getting started!” added Gina Cronk, Executive Producer of Wolfblood.

Wolfblood is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE.

Juno Temple joins Girls Night Out

A year ago Screenterrier reported that Dakota Fanning was attached to play Princess Margaret in in Michael Hoffman’s Girls' Night Out, the fictionalised story of of when a teenage Margaret and her sister Elizabeth sneak out of Buckingham Palace to join the mammoth crowds gathered along the Mall and outside the palace to celebrate VE Day.

Fortunately,  as with all films long in development, there's now been a cast change, with British actor Juno Temple replacing Dakota Fanning to take the role of the 14 year old fun-loving Margaret. 22 year old Juno (represented in the UK by Troika) spent much of last year stateside filming roles in independent films including Dirty Girl and will also be seen in The Dark Knight Rises.

Fast-rising Welsh actress Alexandra Roach joined the cast back in November to star as Elizabeth, who on a rare night out, encounters a a recently returned soldier. He doesn’t realise he’s hanging out with a princess and the pair even go dancing at the Ritz.

Girl's Night Out is now set to shoot in London in the autumn.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Model Daisy Lowe takes lead in new Brit thriller Confine

English model Daisy Lowe is to star in a new British thriller Confine, set to start shooting this month.

The 23 year old,  on-off girlfriend of Doctor Who Matt Smith, will star in the film alongside fellow rising stars Alfie Allen (represented by Independent Talent), recently seen in HBO's Game of Thrones and indie film Powder, and Eliza Bennett (also Independent Talent) who as a child starred in the first Nanny McPhee film and Inkheart.

The film will be directed by Tobias Tobell from his own script and tells the story of a former model (Lowe) who has become agrophobic, and is held hostage by a sociopathic con-artist (Bennett) who embroils her boyfriend (Allen) into the plan which sets off an unlikely friendship.

Shooting is set to begin in early February in London.

Expressions Casting Agency currently auditioning

East Midlands based Expressions Casting Agency is now auditioning for agency representation.

And offering Masterclasses for children with West End children's casting director Jo Hawes in both Nottingham and London.

Jo for the past 15 years has been involved in the casting of children for more than 75 West End productions on behalf of ALL the major producers. Jo will be bringing her expertise direct to you in 'The Art of Auditioning' Having seen many children unsuccessful in the audition process because they have not shown their considerable talents to a panel of directors who only have a very short time to make a decision, Jo's classes are specifically designed to empower children and to help them understand what creative teams are looking for, how to behave, and how to use their nerves. They also include a wealth of practical information and how to develop good audition technique.

The classes are fun and will help children to view auditions as an enjoyable challenge rather than a scary experience. Children take away a sheet of tips reminding them of things Jo has covered in the masterclass.

Along with the exciting masterclass included is
A dance masterclass
A musical theatre masterclass
Headshot with one of UK's top photographers

For more details contact: