Tuesday, December 31, 2013

First look at Hank Zipzer

Newcomer Nick James stars alongside Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler in the brand-new comedy drama series, Hank Zipzer which comes to CBBC this January.

Nick (represented by D&B Management), who had to dye his hair for the role, said: "Playing Hank has been absolutely amazing. I’ve been able to do a multitude of things I’ve never done before and this has been my biggest part to date, so it has been exciting and scary all at once. I have got to meet so many interesting and lovely people in the three months I’ve been away acting."
He added, "It has been very hard work. I’m in nearly all the scenes and then I’ve had to try and keep up with all my school work as well – my mum is really strict about this which is super annoying. It’s not been easy but it’s been a lot of fun.
I have loved filming in Halifax and meeting all the cast and crew has been awesome, especially Henry Winkler who filmed in Halifax with us for two weeks. It’s been really different for me living away from home from Monday to Friday – a bit like boarding school I guess! "

 The 13x30-minute series - which is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever – is based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia. Fast paced and funny, the series follows the everyday life of 12-year-old Hank Zipzer, a young man with a unique perspective on the world.

Hank is a boy whose glass is always half full… he just sometimes spills it everywhere. When problems arise he deals with them in a way no-one else would, which often sets him on a collision course with teachers, parents and his homework. Despite not always seeing eye to eye with everyone else, Hank has a big heart and always remains positive and hopeful that next time his plan will pay off. But, there’s usually a trail of chaos to clear up first…
From landing himself (and his classroom) in hot water – literally! – to ending up being pelted with tomatoes; trying out for the school play, to attempting to create the world’s scariest haunted house, there’s never a dull moment when Hank is around. With the help of his best friends, Frankie and Ashley, the young boy with the big heart goes on a multitude of mischievous adventures, but often ends up learning a valuable lesson or two along with way.

Henry Winkler plays music teacher Mr Rock (Henry’s real life teacher) . He said: “This series is certainly inspired by my childhood and the experiences I had because I learned differently to other people – but it’s a comedy first. The emotion is completely relatable but we exaggerate the humour. When I was young, teachers and other people used to tell me I’d never achieve anything because I’m in the bottom three percent academically in America. I never thought I’d be able to write books, let alone to have them made into a TV show. Outside of having my children, the Hank Zipzer series makes me incredibly proud.”

Hank Zipzer comes to CBBC on the 28th January at 5pm.

Check out the rest of the young cast here.


Peaky Blinders open casting call



IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASTING PLEASE READ BELOW:




Saturday, December 28, 2013

Casting call for short film

Casting call for short psychological drama 'BENEATH WATER'

Synopsis:
A year since the death of 12 year old Felix, his sister Daisy struggles to move on with her life. Her mother refuses to talk about him. On the day of the anniversary strange delusions develop.

Character:  'Daisy'
Must look 16 years old. Female. Slim. Caucasian. Spiritual character struggling with her brothers loss. Looking for a talented screen actress with a fluent american accent.

Shooting for 5 days. 29th January - 2nd February, 2014.

Location : Somerset (Tamarack Lodge).

Director has had work shown at BFI. Roles are paid.

Auditions will be on the 3rd and 5th January in Waterloo (SE1) by invitation only.

Spotlight links/showreels and cv's can be sent to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.

If suitable you will be sent sides and invited to come in and audition next week.

IMPORTANT : Actress must have good professional credits and MUST be able to do a believable Ohio accent.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Faces to Watch in 2014 - Ade Oyefeso

20 year old Ade Oyefeso from London stars as Yemi in E4's comedy drama series Youngers which returns for a second series next year, and will also be seen in the new series of BBC legal drama Silk.

2014 will see him make his feature film debut alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in The Gunman, an international thriller about a hitman on the run from his one-time employers, a relentless manhunt which takes them to the streets of London, slums of Barcelona and on to the African rainforest.

Jessie Craig
Ade (represented by Troika) was also chosen as one of seventeen newcomers from the film, TV and gaming worlds by a panel of industry experts as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, an ward designed to "turbocharge" the careers of those chosen, who then receive mentoring and guidance sessions from industry experts.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Faces to watch in 2014 - Alexa Davies

Look out for young Welsh actress Alexa Davies in 2014.

18 year old Alexa (represented by BWH), made her film debut last year after a local casting in her native North Wales in 2010, landed her a role in Sara Sugarman's Vinyl.

She will next be seen in Raised By Wolves, a semi-autobiographical series written by Caitlin Moran, set on a Wolverhampton council estate. Alexa plays the younger sister Aretha, opposite Helen Monks as the young Caitlin-character Germaine. The first episode of Raised by Wolves will be shown on 23rd December at 10.50pm on Channel 4.


Alexa will also be seen next year starring alongside Asa Butterfield in feature film X Plus Y, directed by BAFTA winning documentary maker Morgan Matthews, the tale of a maths prodigy team who travel to Taiwan to represent GB at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

She also made her stage debut earlier this year in No Quarter at the Royal Court.

Alexa is one of Screenterrier's Top British Teenage Actresses on IMDb.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Critics Circle Young British Performer of the Year

Congratulations to the five young actors nominated for the Young British Performer of the Year by the London Critics' Circle for its 34th Film Awards.

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

Conner Chapman for Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant. Connor (represented by On It Artists) was discovered as a 13 year old by Casting Director Amy Hubbard when she visited local schools in Buttenshaw looking for raw talent. He is in school still but this year has appeared in Channel 4 miniseries The Mill, and will be seen next in Mike Doxford’s Pleasure Island.



Shaun Thomas for The Selfish Giant. 16 year old Shaun (now represented by On It Artists) was also discovered by Amy Hubbard, after an open casting at local estate in Bradford.




Saoirse Ronan for her starring roles in Byzantium, The Host, and How I Live Now. Saoirse was also nominated for the award in 2012 but lost out to Submarine's Craig Roberts.



George Mackay for his busy year, with film releases including Sunshine on Leith, For Those in Peril, How I Live Now and Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson. George was recently announced as the UK Shooting Star 2014 at the Berlinale.



13 year old Eloise Laurence , daughter of actor Larry Lamb, for her film debut in Rufus Norris' Broken, cast by Maggie Lunn. Eloise has put acting on a back burner until she is 16 and finishes school.







Last year Tom Holland won for his role in The Impossible. Who would get your vote this year?




The 34th London Critics' Circle Film Awards willl be held on 2nd February 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New BBC Three Comedy Siblings

Fresh Meat's Charlotte Ritchie and comedy writer/performer Tom Stourton are to star in a new BBC Three comedy Siblings, a brand-new scripted comedy from Bwark Productions the company behind The Inbetweeners.

They play Hannah and Dan, the world’s worst brother and sister; a pair of obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved siblings who cause chaos and disaster wherever they go.

24 year old Charlotte (represented by CAM) started out singing in classical crossover group All Angels, and stars as Oregon in Channel 4's award-winning comedy drama Fresh Meat.

25 year old Tom (represented by PJB Management), the son of BBC Radio 4 presenter Ed Stourton, is one-half of comedy double act Totally Tom. He is a writer and performer on Live at the Electric.

Executive Producer, Simon Wilson, said: “We couldn’t have wished for two more brilliantly gifted comic performers than Charlotte and Tom to bring Keith Akushie’s hilarious creations to life.”

BBC commissioning executive, Chris Sussman, added: "The cast are brilliant. The scripts are very funny. The director is great. All we can do now is try not to mess it all up."

Joining Ritchie and Stourton as guest artists throughout the series are Stella Gonet, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Emer Kenny, Steve Brody, John Dagleish and James Lance.

Siblings is written by Keith Akushie, one of the writer's on Fresh Meat, and directed by Dan Zeff.

The six-part series is currently shooting in West London and is set to transmit in Spring 2014 on BBC Three.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Residue

Game of Thrones stars Natalia Tena and Iwan Rheon are to star in a futuristic paranormal thriller, Residue which is currently shooting on location across Leeds and at Green Screen Studios.

Residue is a paranormal thriller following the lives of eight characters caught up in the aftermath of a freak explosion at the heart of a sprawling, futuristic city.

It marks the feature debut of director Alex Garcia, best known for directing episodes of urban superhero series Misfits and conspiracy thriller Utopia, and is written and executive produced by John Harrison for Matador Pictures.

The ensemble cast includes Natalia Tena (represented by Curtis Brown), best known for her role as Tonks in four of the Harry Potter series and currently starring in HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, as Jennifer. She is joined by Iwan Rheon (also Curtis Brown) as Jonas, another Game of Thrones star, who came to prominence in the original cast of Channel 4 series Misfits. The young cast also includes Franz Drameh (Hamilton Hodell) from Attack the Block and 11 year old Emilia Jones (represented by ARG Talent), fresh from filming What We Did on Our Holiday, as Charlotte.

Other cast members include Jamie Draven, Danny Webb, Brian Ferguson, Eleanor Matsuura, and Adrian Schiller, all of whom were cast by Julie Harkin (The Fades, Utopia).

Renowned photojournalist Jennifer Preston is investigating the aftermath of a freak explosion of unknown origin at the center of her hedonistic city. Known simply as ‘the Catastrophe’, this shocking tragedy has left behind a festering wound on the city’s psyche: a several square mile Quarantine Zone (known as the QZ) of evacuated buildings and abandoned streets. Nobody in nobody out! With unexplained and increasingly bizarre acts of violence happening across the city, Jennifer begins to see strange ephemeral phantoms in her photographs. She soon becomes obsessed with the idea that a paranormal phenomenon has been unleashed. Jennifer’s investigations become a race against time to uncover the truth before her career, and eventually her own life, are in danger…

Matador Pictures’ Charlotte Walls said: “Alex Garcia and John Harrison have created a story-world that is utterly compelling and has attracted a really high calibre of exciting British talent on both sides of the camera.”


Friday, December 6, 2013

Evanna Lynch starring in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, hase been cast in indie crime thriller Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale, which has started shooting in New York this week.

22 year old Evanna (represented by Cole Kitchenn) from Dublin, played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. She will star alongside Pretty Little Liars actor Ian Harding, who plays a supposed typical family man but who works for an illegal underground porn network in 1968 New York City, while trying to keep his family in the dark.

Dynamite is directed by Tate Steinsiek, making his directorial feature debut, with a script by Jason Noto.

The production is scheduled for an 18-day shoot in New York.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Open drama auditions for Lime Pictures

Lime Pictures are holding open auditions on the 16th, 17th and 18th December in London, at The Identity Studios, (Second Floor, 160-170 Cannon Street Road, E1 2LH) in the Mandela Room, for a taster tape for a brand new drama series…

• Are you aged between 16 to 21 years old?
• Are you an actor, performer or storyteller?
• Do you have something to say that needs to be heard?
• Do you see issues in your daily life and want them to be represented or explored in television drama? Or do you just want to make us laugh?
• Do you watch television and are dismayed at how people of your age or your background are portrayed? Or maybe you don’t see anyone that looks or sounds like you… Do you want to change that?
• Do you wish that people your age on TV reflected the positive things about being young in the 21st century?
• Do you wish there was more diversity in television drama?
• Do you enjoy entertaining your friends and family and want to share your antics with a wider audience?
• Do you love uploading your own content online? YouTube, Vine, Keek or blogging?
• Are you passionate about telling stories and creating characters?
• Are you a little bit shy about performing but know with the right support that you could shine?
• Or are you a big personality and want a platform to be heard?
If ANY of the above applies to you then we want to meet you…!

The Audition
At the audition we would like you to:
Read a scene with one of our team (which you can pick up on the day or download beforehand)
AND
We want you to perform a short original piece – something you feel passionately about, in any form you choose – be it spoken word, a song, a monologue or simply a story you want to tell. It’s entirely up to you but remember we’re looking to see what makes you tick, to gauge your personality and what it is you have to say about the world today, so make it count.
The auditions will be popular and you may have to wait a while for your turn, but we will do our best to notify people of what times are looking busy so that you can choose to arrive at a quieter session. It will help us if you indicate online when you are likely to arrive but you will not be held to this time.

Auditioning by video
If you can’t make the open casting dates, you can upload a a video audition to YouTube of Vimeo.
This video MUST be a recording of you reading the audition scene and a short original piece for us as above.
If you are performing the scene with a friend please indicate clearly who is auditioning! It's okay if both of you are in the scene but we must have separate solo pieces.
We have to insist upon this as we can only judge fairly if everyone follows the same criteria, thank you.
Upload your video as private and use the form below to send us the URL.
Videos must be received by 9am, Thursday 19th December.

Everyone is welcome
No experience is necessary. We’re looking for personalities and storytellers as much as actors, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never acted before.
This isn’t about looks, but about your unique perspective on the world.
Don’t be nervous and don’t let a lack of confidence or shyness hold you back. Some of the best actors out there are really shy people! Even Al Pacino… Often the shyest and quietest people have the most to say, and I promise you we will look beyond any nerves – so what have you got to lose by giving it a try?

Please note the following:
You must be 16 or over and have completed your GCSEs (this is due to licensing reasons for filming and I’m afraid we cannot be flexible on this).
You must be fully available for workshops and filming between 6th to 14th January 2014 in the London area (there will be a fee paid for workshop and filming days for the selected cast, but we don’t have the budget for providing accommodation).

To download the audition scene and to register and upload your video audition visit:

Limepictures.com/dramaauditions



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Inbetweeners head to Australia

The follow-up to the UK’s most successful comedy film of all time will see the hapless Jay, Neil, Simon & Will reunited in Australia.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 will start shooting in Australia on 7th December before moving to the UK in January.

 Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, the creators of the hit E4 sitcom will be directing the new film, and have once again written the script.

They said in a statement:
 "So, the news is (drumroll)... filming is about to start and yes, it's set in Australia. We can't say too much as we don't want to spoil the jokes for you, but what we can exclusively reveal is there will be kangaroos. And Australians. And possibly koalas. Oh and obviously Jay, Will, Neil and Simon providing they're let into the country."

They added: "Thanks so much for all your support, we're hoping to deliver a film that you'll enjoy even more than the last one."

The first Inbetweeners Movie was a surprise and runaway smash-hit success. With takings to date nearing £60 million, it is the most successful British comedy film of all time.

The film will be produced by Bwark Productions, with a release date for the UK and Ireland already set for August 2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Thirteenth Tale

Two young British actresses star together as twin sisters in The Thirteenth Tale, a new 90-minute gothic suspense drama from Heyday Films coming to BBC Two this Christmas.

The Thirteenth Tale is a haunting psychological mystery set in the modern day, with poignant flashbacks starting in 1940. The disturbing story begins when a young female biographer, Margaret, played by Olivia Colman, sets out to interview a legendary writer whose health is fading. Vida Winter, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has, until now, refused to divulge the dark secrets of her life and past at Angelfield, her childhood home. An unlikely shared empathy is cultivated between the two women, and Vida’s story forces Margaret to finally confront her own ghosts.

Game of Thrones star, 17 year old Sophie Turner (represented by Independent Talent) plays young Vida. Sophie is currently in the US filming on Barely Lethal. She said of her character in The Thirteenth Tale:
"Vida is very protective of Emeline and of anyone interfering with their relationship. They are each other’s existence; they can’t survive without each other. They were brought up very feral and didn’t really have anyone to teach them the rights and wrongs or social boundaries of life. They are very much involved with each other and have no experience of the outside world so they’re very interesting, intense characters."

20 year old Antonia Clarke (represented by Troika), who played the doomed Lucy in Lightfields,  plays her twin sister Emmeline. The twins are so consumed with one another that ultimately the relationship becomes very destructive. Antonia added:
"I play Emmeline March who is the simpler of the two. She’s very affectionate and the complete polar opposite of Adeline, who has a clouded intelligence and is quite dark, whereas Emmeline’s quite adorable and affectionate."

The younger version of the twins is played by Madeleine Power (represented by United Agents), who played a young Catherine Tate in her Little Cracker for Sky.

Adapted from Diane Setterfield’s best–selling novel, the script has been written by Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons) and is directed by James Kent (Inside Men, The White Queen). 

The Thirteenth Tale was filmed on location in Yorkshire including at Burton Agnes Hall stately home in Driffield, Yorkshire.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Open casting in Leeds for BBC drama

Andy Brierley Casting will be holding open auditions in Leeds on Wednesday 4th December for 2 roles in a forthcoming BBC drama.

We are looking for two boys of Indian/Pakistani ethnicity (one aged 9-11, one aged 15/16) based in Huddersfield/Leeds/Bradford and surrounding areas.

Boys must be available from 7th January for 7 weeks (overall shoot dates) and have a natural, working class Yorkshire accent

The roles are as follows:

Zamir (Male)

15 years old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani.
Zamir fancies himself a bit and is a pretty mischievous teenager; he's nosey and wants to be involved in any neighbourhood drama. This is an adult drama so there will be some minor swearing for Zamir.
YORKSHIRE accents are a must for this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Akil (Male)

9 years old but could be a young looking 10-12 year old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani.
Akil is a good kid but he's got a naughty streak and, like his older brother Zamir, wants to be involved in neighbourhood going-ons, a right nosey neighbour!
YORKSHIRE accents are must with this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


The open auditions will take place at The Queens Hotel in Leeds between 3pm and 7pm:

City Square
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 1PJ

Please note that we will only audition boys who are the right age and ethnicity and who have the right accent. Those who wish to audition must have a parent or guardian with them.

We retain the right to turn people away at the door if we do not feel they fit this criteria.
We will not be seeing anyone for any roles other than these two.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Shooting for Socrates

Young Irish Game Of Thrones actor Art Parkinson (represented by Actors First) is currently filming in Belfast on Shooting for Socrates, a film about the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Northern Ireland played Brazil.

He plays Tommy, the son of  football supporter Arthur (played by Richard Dormer)  from East Belfast. The lead up to Tommy’s 10th birthday mirrors the build up to the day the Northern Ireland team play their greatest match against Brazil.

The cast also includes 22 year Nico Mirallegro (represented by Curtis Brown), star of My Mad Fat Diary and The Village, who plays young footballer Davey Campbell, hailed as "the next George Best".

The film is named after Brazilian footballer Sócrates de Souza who played in the 1986 match against Northern Ireland.

November 1985, and the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity. Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there’s only one thing on young Tommy’s football-mad mind – the forthcoming World Cup, where tiny Northern Ireland will take on the mighty Brazil. For the South American giants it’s just another step on the path to inevitable global domination, yet for Northern Ireland, and young Tommy, it’s the biggest game of their lives. They are two countries that couldn’t seem further apart: Northern Ireland and Brazil. On the football field, eccentric Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham  must plug together a bunch of misfits and third divisioners. Brazil are led by none other than the philosopher-captain (Dr.) Sócrates, who has, in part, inspired the collapse of his country’s ruthless military junta, and they are the hot favourites to scoop up football’s ultimate prize. As bunting replaces bombs on the streets of Belfast, and Catholic and Protestants alike turn their attention to the big match, Tommy’s dockworker turned philosopher father Arthur uses his son’s passion for football to enlighten him on the events that make up his chaotic world. The story interweaves young Tommy’s coming of age tale with the trials and travails of the hapless Northern Irish team over the nine months leading up to their ultimate game, in the stifling heat of Mexico at the world’s greatest festival of football. 

The film is directed by James Erskine (‘The Human Face’) and produced by Victoria Gregory (‘Senna’, ‘Man on Wire’). It was written by Erskine and Maria Jones.

The New Black Films production has been filming in locations throughout Belfast for the past two weeks.

Shooting for Socrates is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and is set to be released in May 2014, to coincide with next years’ World Cup in Brazil.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Open online casting call for 13 - 16 year old

Fireworks is a charming indie comedy about a teenage girl, Kat, who runs away from home to find her uncle Gillies, who she has secretly discovered is her real dad. But Gillies, played by the fantastic Ewen Bremner, turns out to have bipolar disorder. Without fully understanding this, Kat hatches a plan for them to make a homemade firework, with Gillies' medication as the essential ingredient.

The Fireworks production team are now looking for a talented, bold, headstrong young woman to play the lead role of Kat.

Our bright new star doesn’t need any acting experience, but she does need to be bold, funny and brave. If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

The ideal candidate will be a young-looking sixteen year old with a London accent, but we are prepared to be blown away by any fresh new star who can play a 13-14 year old London girl.

If you fit the bill visit Fireworks Film Casting to apply.

The film is scheduled to shoot for four weeks in Edinburgh in March 2014.

The script was co-written by Hannah Robinson and Jonathan Hall, who first worked together on In The Mood, starring Kelly Brook as a tap dancing German spy. Their first draft of Fireworks won the Grand Prize in the American Screenwriters Association International Script Competition, Silver in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for Drama, and the financial support of the Wellcome Trust. It has drawn comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine and Silver Linings Playbook.

The film is produced by Wendy Griffin, line producer of Red Road, Donkeys, and You Instead, who recently co-produced the indie rom-com Not Another Happy Ending. For further information visit Indiegogo/Fireworks

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Casting call for new BBC drama

Andy Brierley Casting CDG are currently casting REMEMBER ME - a 3 part mystery with supernatural elements for BBC1.

We are looking for two boys of Indian/Pakistani ethnicity (one aged 9-11, one aged 15/16) based in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.

Boys must be available from 7th January for 7 weeks (overall shoot dates) and have a natural Yorkshire accent. Please do not apply if you do not fit the casting description below.

If you would like to be considered, please send a recent picture, age and your location in the UK to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED


Zamir (Male)

15 years old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani. Zamir fancies himself a bit and is a pretty mischievous teenager; he's nosey and wants to be involved in any neighbourhood drama. This is an adult drama so there will be some minor swearing for Zamir.
YORKSHIRE accents are a must for this - Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Akil (Male)

9 years old but could be a young looking 10-12 year old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani. Akil is a good kid but he's got a naughty streak and, like his older brother Zamir, wants to be involved in neighbourhood going-ons, a right nosey neighbour!
YORKSHIRE accents are must with this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Star Wars open casting in Dublin


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Star Wars open casting in London

The open casting call for the new Star Wars film scheduled for this weekend in London is now confirmed to take place at Twickenham Stadium on November 23-24.

The casting call is scheduled to take place from 11am – 3pm (Gates open at 6am). The descriptions of the characters that the casting team are specifically looking for can be found at www.opencastingcall2013.com.

No other roles are being cast at this stage so please make sure you fit the basic criteria (young men aged 19-23 and women aged 17-18) before making arrangements to attend the casting session.

Star Wars has a long tradition of casting new talent and it would be great if that unknown talent was found in London!

PS. Due to the expected extreme weather conditions, overnight camping will not be permitted. We feel confident that we will see everyone over the course of the two days that fit the description, so campers will be turned away.

November 23-24
Twickenham Stadium (Entry Via Gate D, From North Car park off Rugby Road)
Whitton Road
Twickenham
TW2 7BA


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Dumping Ground returns for second series


Two new faces join CBBC's The Dumping Ground, the sequel to the multi-award-winning CBBC dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, as it returns for a second series this January.

16 year old Kasey McKellar (represented by D&B Management) plays newcomer Bailey. Kasey recently appeared in Top Boy 2 playing R'Marni. And Stacy Liu joins the cast as new carer May Li.

The new series will consist of 13 new 30-minute episodes plus 10 exclusive three-minute webisodes which will run parallel to the stories broadcast on the channel.

The webisodes will feature an exclusive storyline which will run online for 10 weeks, culminating in a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in the last episode of the TV broadcast as both the online and TV stories merge for the series finale.

The new series follows more of the dilemmas, dramas, friendships and challenges faced by young people in care, and stars Connor Byrne (Mike), Jessie Williams (Lily), Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen), Christopher John-Slater (Frank), Daniel Pearson (Rick), Joe Maw (Johnny), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Tee), Philip Graham Scott (Harry), Miles Butler-Hughton (Tyler), Kia Pegg (Jody), Leanne Dunstan (Faith), Reece Buttery (Mo), Sarah Rayson (Floss) and Richard Wisker (Liam)

Lis Steele, executive producer of The Dumping Ground, says: “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the series of webisodes to viewers for the very first time and are looking forward to hearing the reaction of the audience to the additional storyline – it’s an exciting one! This series has a real mix of gripping drama alongside the more light-hearted moments that Dumping Ground fans enjoy and we’re hoping CBBC viewers enjoy it both on air and online.”

The series was filmed on location in the North East of England and will air on CBBC in the new year, date to be confirmed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fortitude Casting 10 - 12 year old Mixed Race Boy

Julie Harkin Casting CDG (Utopia, Misfits) are currently casting FORTITUDE a dramatic new crime thriller written by Simon Donald for Sky Atlantic and Starz produced by Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CARRIE MORGAN SUGGESTIONS - THAT ROLE IS NOW CLOSED

However! We are also looking for a 10 - 12 year old mixed race (dad is black, mum is white) BOY to play LIAM SUTTER.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send a recent picture, your DOB and your location in the UK to Rae at:

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

CLOSING DATE: 22nd NOVEMBER

LIAM SUTTER (Male)

Liam is very close to his mum and not so close to his dad. A curious, happy, well-adjusted little boy. Hasn’t made many friends yet in Fortitude but hasn’t had much trouble fitting in. He’s close to Carrie Morgan. He’s not academically outstanding but he’s no dope either. We need to find a boy who can play 10-12yrs.

Liam contracts an illness in episode 1 that causes his mother huge cause for concern. This is a very challenging role for a young boy.

Liam is black/mixed race.
NEUTRAL ENGLISH ACCENT.

LEAD REGULAR ROLE - APPEARS IN MULTIPLE EPISODES.

Playing age 9 - 13

Height: Any

Pay category: Same as production (Above Equity)

Agreements: ARTIST WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN OPTIONS.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First look at The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Shooting started last week on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next instalment of the most successful British horror film of all time.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox as Eve, in her first leading role in a feature film. RADA-trained Phoebe (represented by Curtis Brown) who was picked as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 for her theatre performances, recently starred as Grace in ITV2 witch drama Switch. She previously worked with director Tom Harper on War Book alongside Sophie Okonedo, and will also be seen in Aisling Walsh’s Dylan Thomas project A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander and BBC’s The Musketeers.

Phoebe is joined by Jeremy Irvine (represented by Hatton McEwan) playing Harry. Jeremy shot to fame when he was cast as Albert in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has since starred alongside Dakota Fanning in Now Is Good and as Pip in the film adaptation of Great Expectations. His recent film work includes A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duval, and The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Also joining the cast is 8 year old  Oaklee Pendergast (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) who played the youngest brother Simon in tsunami drama The Impossible.

The rest of the young cast includes:

Jude Wright (represented by Troika), who starred in the Sky1 Comedy drama Spy, as Tom.

Leilah de Meza (represented by Curtis Brown), who played young Vivien in the ITV drama Lightfields, as Ruby.

Amelia Pidgeon (represented by Louise Johnston Management), who appeared as young Natascha in the Natascha Kampusch kidnap feature film 3096 Days, as Joyce.  

With newcomers Alfie Simmons (represented by Abacus) as Alfie,

 Pip Pearce (represented by Abacus) as James
and Amelia Crouch (represented by Curtis Brown) as Flora.

The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death continues the original film’s story: four decades have passed since Arthur Kipps, as played by Daniel Radcliffe, travelled to Eel Marsh House – and now, a group of children are evacuated with their teachers from the perils of Blitz-era London. The group soon awakens Eel Marsh House’s darkest inhabitant.

The film is directed by Tom Harper and will shoot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is set to be released in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet the Carter family

With Mick and Linda Carter (played by Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright) on their way to take over The Queen Vic this Christmas, they will be joined by two of their three children, Nancy and Johnny.

Mummy’s boy Johnny is the baby of the family. The first Carter to go to uni, he’s a gentle boy who’s happy to let the rest of his family be the centre of attention. But Johnny has a secret that is going to place him right at the centre of a family storm.
19 year old Sam Strike (represented by Lee Morgan Management) from Essex will be playing Johnny. Sam has previously appeared in CBBC's M.I.High. Speaking of joining EastEnders, Sam said "I'm really excited to be joining EastEnders and the Carter family. They're all really strong characters and I can't wait to see what EastEnders has planned for us all. I've grown up watching Danny and Kellie, both of whom are lovely, so to be playing their son is kind of surreal."

Maddy Hill (represented by Roxane Vacca Management) will play 21 year old tomboy Nancy. The last at the bar and first into a fight, Nancy is stubborn and fiery; her dad loves it, but she's a disappointment to her mum. Underneath, she’s an extremely caring and loyal friend who will always champion the underdog - but that generally gets her into trouble. And she brings a whole lot of trouble with her when she’s dragged kicking and screaming into Albert Square.
Rose Bruford graduate Maddy has previously appeared in Whitechapel, as well as theatre productions The Meeting Place and As You Like It. On joining EastEnders, Maddy adds “I feel incredibly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start work with such a talented cohort of actors."

Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright and Sam Strike have already started filming their new roles. Along with Linda Henry, who plays Shirley, and Luisa Bradshaw-White, who arrives on screen next month playing Tina, the Carters are set to cause a stir in Walford later this year.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nationwide search for Lead Roles for Star Wars: Episode VII - UPDATED!


Sky Atlantic Series Auditions Girl Aged 9-12

Julie Harkin Casting CDG (Utopia, Misfits) are currently casting FORTITUDE a dramatic new crime thriller written by Simon Donald for Sky Atlantic and Starz produced by Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect.

We are looking for an intelligent young actress (9-12 years old) for the role of Carrie Morgan, an independent, straightforward girl who appears throughout the series.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send a recent picture and your Date of Birth to Rae at:

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Casting Breakdown:

CARRIE MORGAN (Female)

Carrie has been brought up by her dad and she’s indulged by him a lot. She’s older than her years because she has a natural realisation that things are tough for her dad and she tries her best to help him out. She’s very independently minded for a girl her age. She’s quite fearless and curious. She misses her mum but she doesn’t let her dad know how much. Carrie has a lot of personality and spirit.

ANY ACCENT.
LEAD REGULAR ROLE - APPEARS IN MULTIPLE EPISODES

Playing age:  9 - 12

Height:  Any

Appearance:  White

Pay category:  Same as production (Above Equity)

Agreements:  ARTIST WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN OPTIONS.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe

Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star as Sebastian Coe in Gold, a new feature which will tell the story of the Olympic gold medallist's rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies, and will reunite Radcliffe with Woman In Black director James Watkins.

It is not yet known who will play Ovett in the production.

Writer Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, told the BBC earlier this year the film was "a brilliant story" with a "perfect end".
"I hadn't realised how good it was until you dig into their past," he said. "They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met... apart from on the track - but not very often, even on the track."

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with AL Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce, with distribution by Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films.

Haslam said: “Gold is a movie about an insatiable need to win, fuelled by intense ambition, only possible through the support of loving family.”

Harry Potter star Daniel can currently be seen starring as Beat writer Allen Ginsburg in Kill Your Darlings, with supernatural thriller Horns awaiting release.

Development is underway for Gold to shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maisie Williams stars in The Falling

16 year old Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams leads the cast in The Falling, a new feature film from writer/director Carol Morley which starts shooting this week.

The Falling tells the story of Lydia, the troubled girl at the centre of a mysterious fainting epidemic, who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969, a year when the whole world seems poised on the brink of change.

Maisie plays the intense Lydia with newcomer Florence Pugh as her best friend, the beautiful, rebellious Abbie.

Their all-girls school is ruled over by the enigmatic headmistress Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan) with her deputy, the overly strict Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi).

It's 1969, and the girls, like the world around them, are in a state of change. Abbie is embracing her sexuality, even sleeping with Lydia's beatnik brother. Lydia, neglected by her agoraphobic mother Eileen (Maxine Peake), has made Abbie her emotional focus. After a shocking tragedy, Lydia, finds herself at the center of an outbreak of a mysterious fainting condition. Before long, the phenomenon spreads throughout the school community and when Lydia’s own symptoms worsen, she rallies against the school’s authorities to find and remove the underlying cause before it’s too late.

Following her films BAFTA-nominated The Alcohol Years, Edge, and the critically acclaimed Dreams of a Life, writer/director Carol Morley presents her skewed and dream-like coming of age story with director of photography Agnès Godard. The Falling is presented by BBC Films and BFI in association with Lipsync Productions, a Cannon and Morley/Independent production in association with Boudica Red, a Carol Morley film. The film was developed with the BFI Film Fund.

The Falling is set for release in 2014.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gangsta Granny casting news

11 year old Reece Buttery (represented by A&J Management) is set to star as Ben in the new 60-minute adaptation of David Walliams best-selling children's novel Gangsta Granny. He plays schoolboy Ben opposite Julia McKenzie as his titular grandma, alongwith Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart and David Walliams himself.

Reece from London, who is about to turn 12,  plays the series regular role of Mo in CBBC's The Dumping Ground and attends Young and Talented theatre school.

12 year old India Ria Amarteifio (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) from Twickenham, fresh from playing Violet Beauregard in the West End theatre production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plays Ben's dancing partner Florence with whom Ben has to dance in a local ballroom competition. India was one of this year's winners of  The Stage scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School .

David Walliams and Miranda Hart appear as Ben’s Strictly Come Dancing obsessed parents, Mike & Linda.

Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at the house of his grandma: all she ever wants to do is stay in, play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. 
Until one day, when Ben’s grandma tells him a story that she was once an international jewel thief, and together they go on a wild adventure to complete the one heist she never quite managed in her criminal heyday – which brings them face-to-face with Her Majesty The Queen, played by Joanna Lumley

Rob Brydon  plays Mr Parker – a nosy neighbour who could scupper Ben and his grandma’s plot.

David Walliams says: “I am thrilled that we have such a stellar cast of comedy legends for Gangsta Granny. I can only apologise that I am in it too!”

Gangsta Granny will be directed by Matt Lipsey and begins filming on Sunday, for broadcast this Christmas on BBC One, following on from the success of last Christmas's Mr Stink.