Monday, September 30, 2013

Jamaica Inn

Jessica Brown Findlay will star as Mary Yellan in a new BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel Jamaica Inn, written by Emma Frost.

23 year old Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey, went on to star in Labyrinth, and has recently wrapped playing Rachel in Lone Sherfig's Posh. Jessica will next be seen playing the lead of Beverly Penn alongside an all-star cast in Winter's Tale for Warner Bros.

In Jamaica Inn she will star alongside Misfits and The Paradise star Matthew McNulty, who will play her love interest Jem Merlyn. They will be join by young cast member Charles Furness (represented by A&J Management) playing Thomas - newcomer Charles will soon be seen in the BBC's The Whale where he plays the lead role of Tom Nickerson.

Made for the channel by Origin Pictures it will be directed by BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Five Daughters), who said:

 "I love Jamaica Inn because it is an exhilarating adventure story set in a wild landscape with brilliant characters, and at its heart is Mary Yellan - a fantastic female heroine.  I am delighted that Jessica Brown Findlay is going to play this bold and opinionated, courageous but naive young woman, whose curiosity and fiery nature get her into big trouble. To have Jessica, along with such talented actors as Sean Harris, Joanne Whalley and Matthew McNulty - it's my dream cast.”

Jamaica Inn synopsis:
Set in 1820 against the forbidding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, the story follows the journey of young and spirited Mary (Brown Findlay) who is forced to live with her Aunt Patience after the death of her mother. Mary arrives at the isolated Jamaica Inn to discover her Aunt is a shell of the carefree woman she remembers from her childhood, and instead finds a drudge who is firmly under the spell of her domineering husband Joss.
The Inn has no guests - the rooms are locked and kept for storage - but it soon becomes clear that it’s a cover, as Joss is the leader of a smuggling ring, and Jamaica Inn the hub of his ‘free’ trade.
As Mary gets drawn into the dangerous world of smuggling, she finds herself attracted to Jem Merlyn, Joss’s roughly handsome younger brother. But he stands for everything that Mary despises and worse, she fears that he’s involved in Joss’s gang. Mary’s morals and loyalties become deeply conflicted. Who can she trust? Can she even trust herself?
Seeking guidance, Mary visits the parish vicar, Francis Davey, and his sister Hannah. But can they help her to navigate this dangerous new world and do the right thing, or will she lose herself in everybody else’s criminality? When Mary finds herself in peril for her own life, she is tested to the core and she’s forced to find out what she’s really made of. 

The cast also includes Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn, Ben Daniels (Wiper’s Times, House Of Cards) as Davey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl) as Aunt Patience and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, The Crimson Petal And The White) as Hannah.

Emma Frost, writer, said: “I love Daphne du Maurier’s novels and it’s been a lifelong dream to adapt Jamaica Inn. I hope I have done justice to this wonderful tale of morality, survival and desire. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to adapt it for the screen, and I'm tremendously excited to see how our talented cast and director bring the scripts to life.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “I'm confident that this exciting young cast will bring this classic story to the screen for a whole new generation of audiences.”

The 3x60 minute drama starts filming this week on location in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Open casting call for feature film


Dixie Chassay Casting are looking for a BOY aged 8-10yrs for the lead role in a feature film, by Scott Free Films, produced by Ridley Scott.

Get Santa tells the story of a father and son who set out to save Christmas: they must find Rudolph, travel to Lapland, befriend the elves and break Santa out of jail...

Shooting from Jan 2014.

Acting experience not necessary. Can be from anywhere in the UK.

Please visit our website for details on how to apply:

Make sure you follow us on twitter! @dixiechassay

New Theatre School at MediaCity Manchester for 6 - 18 year olds opens its doors

Scream is echoing across MediaCity, as its brand-new Theatre School throws open its doors at FutureSkills, taking up permanent residence in the venue's state-of-the-art performance venue! Following a record-breaking turn-out at the Open Day, the new term officially begins on Saturday 28th September, with the school bell ringing at 10am! There's still limited availability if you want to sign-up now for three hours of Acting, Singing and Dancing, taught by Industry Professionals, in the beating heart of the North's media hub. There's also the chance to be spotted by sister company Scream Management - based at MediaCity's The Greenhouse - who provide kids and youngsters for projects by CBBC, CITV, Disney, Nickelodeon, ITV and even the West End stage.

Got the talent? Need the training? Call the Scream Team NOW on 0844 209 7197 or for more information!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

CBBC announce new sci-fi drama series

CBBC has ordered a children’s sci-fi drama about a robot’s attempts to be a regular teenager.

The 13 x 30-minute series called Eve, marks the first move into children’s drama for production company Leopardrama, which is owned by Argonon.

Eve was created by Tracey Beaker Returns writer Emma Reeves and Leopardrama’s David Chikwe, who worked on BBC series Missing.

It follows the adventures of Eve, a sentient female robot living with a family in suburbia while trying to make sense of human life as a teenager.

CBBC executive producer Sue Nott said: “Eve’s attempts to discover the essence of being human will resonate with every child trying to find their place in the world. With its heady mix of adventure, mystery and sheer fun, Eve is an exciting addition to the CBBC drama slate.”

Eve will be filmed in the summer of 2014. Further announcements, including cast, to follow.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hank Zipzer coming to CBBC

Newcomer Nick James (represented by D&B Management) will star as 12 year old Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer, in Hank Zipzer, a brand new comedy drama series coming to CBBC inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

Multi-award winning actor Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler will also feature in the series.

Fast-paced and funny, the series will follow 12-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia, and when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no-one else would – putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents, who don’t seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would... But, Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver – after all, tomorrow is another day!

Madeline Holliday (represented by Mark Jermin Management, and a student at The Theatre Workshop in Brighton) will play his highly-intelligent younger sister Emily Zipzer.

Executive producer Sue Nott said: “The stories are inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler and how he felt growing up with dyslexia. At CBBC, we try to reflect the lives of children back at them and Hank Zipzer shows that achievement comes in all shapes and sizes – and it’s set to be very funny too!”

Other members of the young cast include Lilly Tebbs from Singer Stage School as Heather and Tatum Duprey (represented by A&J Management) as Katie.

The 13x30-minute children’s show, directed by Matt Bloom, is currently filming and will air on CBBC in 2014.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wizards Vs Aliens returns this autumn

CBBC’s Wizards Vs Aliens returns for a second action-packed series this autumn in an extended 14-episode run.

The magical sci-fi series, which was created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who), stars Scott Haran (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as 16-year-old wizard Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott (represented by Sainou) as his scientific friend Benny  who attempt to stop the Nekross from creating big trouble for all of wizardkind.

A fast-paced adventure full of danger, fun and friendship, the second series of Wizards Vs Aliens follows Tom and Benny’s journey as they meet new Aliens, new Wizards, and face their greatest challenges so far. With the Nekross threatening their most powerful attacks yet, it’s more important than ever that Tom and Benny work together to ensure the survival of both wizardkind and the Earth.

Russell T Davies, creator and executive producer of the show, said: “It's a delight to be back on CBBC with a series which is wilder, bolder, deeper and funnier than ever, taking us from suburbia to the wilds of Tibet, encountering spaceships, magical worlds, haunted castles and galactic wars along the way. And at the centre of it all is the most important thing of all - the friendship between two boys, as junior wizard Tom and his best friend Benny fight to save the world. Magic and science are a combustible mix - and this year it's going to explode!”

The series also features Annette Badland (Doctor Who, The Sparticle Mystery) Michael Higgs (EastEnders), Jefferson Hall (Vikings, Emma,), Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones), Dan Starkey (Doctor Who), Tom Bell, and the voice of Brian Blessed as the alien Nekross King.

Produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, the 14x30-minute series will air on CBBC later this autumn. It was filmed at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and on location around the area.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Drama Academy and Agency Workshop auditions

Organic Kidz Drama Academy opens its doors on:
Saturday 21st & Wednesday 25th September 2013
Two Locations in London!
For ages 4 to 13 years.

We will be offering 3 half scholarships for this term to three deserving youngsters! Come & join fun and exciting classes learning new skills in – drama & speech exercises, script work, audition technique,
take part in – plays, presentations, festivals,
exams & casting director workshops!

Scholarship auditions take place on Sunday 15th September!

Register now for a place, or audition slot:

Organic Kidz Talent Agency represents naturally talented youngsters in tv, commercials, stage, film, voice & modeling.


We are now accepting applications for our audition workshop in October. The following age groups ONLY are eligible to apply:
4 – 13 years  and  16 years

To be considered for an audition, please email the following:
recent photo, age & d.o.b, height and
any experience, professional or non-professional
Don’t forget to include a phone number!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jamie Blackley to star opposite Chloe Moretz

Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents) has been cast to star opposite Chloe Moretz, in the film adaptation of Gayle Forman's 2009 Young Adult novel If I Stay, in which he will play her boyfriend Adam.

If I Stay is the story of a 17 year old gifted classical musician Mia (Moretz) and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.
21 year old Jamie has the musical credentials for the role of Adam. After appearing in the London stage production of Spring Awakening, he played George Harrison in the stage adaptation of Beatles musical Backbeat. Last year he filmed the lead role of Mark, alongside another rising star Toby Regbo, in the Andrew Douglas-directed uwantme2killhim?, for which they jointly won Best Performance in a British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013.

Jamie can currently be seen in another British indie teen comedy We Are The Freaks, directed by Justin Edgar, and he also appears in the upcoming Julian Assange feature The Fifith Estate.

If I Stay is due to start shooting next month in Vancouver.