Friday, July 29, 2016

Jamillah and Aladdin returns for second series!

Magical drama, Jamillah and Aladdin, returns to CBeebies this August for a second series.

This modern retelling of the Middle Eastern Aladdin tale, stars Blossom Campbell as Jamillah, Aladdin is played by Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (who recently starred in BBC’s drama series Dickensian as the Artful Dodger) and the Genie by Leroy Osei-Bonsu.

Jamillah, a feisty young girl seeking adventure, lives with her family in modern day London where she discovers a dusty old lamp in the attic and makes a wish. A Genie appears and, with the help of his magic, the two travel back in time to Ancient Baghdad, where Jamillah meets Aladdin, a boy the same age as her, who always seems to be getting himself into trouble.

The second series sees the friendship between the three protagonists blossom, with more exciting adventures in store.  In the opening episode of the second series, the grieving Sultan decides to ban fun, and so Jamillah, with the help of her comrade Aladdin, tries to bring happiness and harmony back to Baghdad by the seemingly simple act of making the Sultan smile. But as the pair find, this is not an easy challenge...

The series is produced by Emma Stuart, the directors are Catharine Cooke and Jaco Smit, and the Head Writer is Kathy Waugh. The series was filmed on location in South Africa and consists of 26 x 15 minute episodes, which will be shown on CBeebies from August 2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Meet the young Jane Tennison

RADA graduate Stefanie Martini has been cast as young Jane Tennison, the role made famous by Helen Mirren in the acclaimed Lynda La Plante crime drama Prime Suspect.

The much-anticipated prequel - Tennison, has begun filming on location in London.

Stefanie (represented by Troika), graduated from RADA last year, and has previously featured in TV dramas Thorne, Endeavour and Emerald City. The new series follows the young Jane Tennison at the beginning of her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.

Rosie Day (represented by Troika) will play Jane's sister Pam, whilst Nick Sidi and Geraldine Somerville are cast as Jane’s parents, Andrew and Joyce.

Sam Reid and Blake Harrison also star as Jane’s superiors DCI Len Bradfield and DS Spencer Gibbs.

The producer is Rhonda Smith and the series director is David Caffrey.

The 6 x 60 minute series is written by Lynda La Plante, based on her book Tennison. Prime Suspect ran for seven seasons from 1990 to 2006, and won two Emmys for Helen Mirren.

Open Casting in Derby

Casting call for BBC single drama

Casting for a small 12 - 14 year girl to play a young Barbara Windsor in a BBC single drama.

BABS - A 90 minute single drama for BBC1.
Production Company - BBC Studios in association with Red Planet.
Director - TBC
Producer - Jules Hussey
Casting Director - Jill Trevellick

Set in the 1990s, BABS will tell the heart-warming story of Barbara Windsor. BABS is written by Tony Jordan and will air next year on BBC1 as Barbara approaches her 80th birthday.

We are looking for a girl with a playing age of 12 - 14yrs. MUST BE SMALL - Max height 5ft, with blonde/light brown hair.

Fun loving, sweet, characterful cockney with a real sparkle in her eyes - a believable younger version of Barbara Windsor. Capable of honest, natural and emotional scenes as well as the ability to sing confidently and dance/move extremely well.

Genuine London/Cockney/Estuary accent or must have the ability to do the accent completely believably.

Must be able to provide a London base for filming.

NB - Filming in October for 4 weeks.

Previous professional acting experience not required.

Please email a short film (taken on a phone will do fine) introducing yourself - name, age and a little bit about yourself and sing the verse and chorus of any song. You can send as an attachment or email a link to the film.

Applications must be submitted by a parent or guardian electronically only to: THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stage School comes to E4

E4 is set to follow the lives of the students and teachers at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent.

Open auditions for the series were advertised on Screenterrier back in January. The 30-episode structured reality series called Stage School, will feature the ups and downs of 18 - 25 year olds trying to make it in the world of showbusiness, the bitching, back stabbing and romances, along with break-out singing and dance routines performed by the talented pupils.

Stage School will be full of high drama following the lives of the pupils as they attend West End auditions and put on shows to try and make their dreams of fame and fortune a reality. The series will see emotions reach boiling point as the pupils fight over career making opportunities, while trying to stay friends with the people they are in competition with.

Stage School is an E4 commission and will be made by Knickerbockerglory with executive producer Jonathan Stadlen and will air on E4 from September, date and time to be confirmed.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Meet the characters of new E4 comedy series Wasted

A brand new comedy series Wasted is coming to E4 which combines a gang of four twenty-something wasters, one West Country village and the ex-Lord of Winterfell!

Danny Kirrane (represented by Gordon & French) stars as  the lovable fantasy fanatic Morpheus,who manages a bong shop, (Stoned Henge). A 25-year-old virgin, he’s massively into fantasy – Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, computers. He’s in love with one of his best friends, Alison, and has been since the age of about 5, he’s a bit of a loser, but he’s also got an inner strength.

Rose Reynolds (represented by Conway van Gelder Grant) plays his neurotic sister Sarah. Of the four she seems to be the one that is most likely to leave her hometown. At the beginning we find her planning to go away to India and then Kent arrives back from uni and that puts a a spanner in the works as they have a bit of a past.

Danny's secret crush is their mate Alison played by Gwyneth Keyworth, the quirky girl who runs a tattoo business out the back of the shop. Alison loves her home village and has no aspirations to leave it. Gwyneth (represented by Curtis Brown), was on of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch back in 2010, before she went on to train at RADA.

Dylan Edwards (represented by Independent Talent) plays Danny's cocky best friend Kent, who sleeps on the sofa, rent free, after returning from Bristol where he spent a year, in his words being 'a world class DJ'!

Together the four have been living in each other’s pockets since school and aren’t moving anywhere fast. But Morpheus is a dreamer, and his dreams take the form of his hero Sean Bean, who appears in full Game of Thrones medieval garb, as Morpheus' personal spirit guide, to help him navigate the rough seas of wasting your twenties....

Wasted has been made for Channel 4 by Angel Eye Media, the Executive Producers are John O’Callaghan and Richard Osborne. It  is produced by Phil Bowker and directed by Tom Marshall (Chewing Gum, Drifters). The six episode series is written by the triple BAFTA Award winning writing team James Lamont and Jon Foster.

Of the series Channel 4 Comedy Commissioner Liz Lewin said, “We can’t wait to bring a bit of Westeros to Wiltshire with the Wasted gang’s adventures. Their exploits across the series are hilarious and ludicrous in equal measure – the perfect mix for an E4 audience”.

Wasted is coming to E4 in July, date and time to be confirmed.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Meet the new young star of Absolutely Fabulous

15 year old newcomer Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness joins the cast of Absolutely Fabulous to star as Lola the teenage daughter of  Saffy (Julia Sawalha) in the new movie spin-off from the popular TV series.

This is Indeyarna's screen debut, after playing Young Nala in the West End musical a few years ago. She is now represented by United Agents,

In series five of the TV show, Saffy gave birth to a girl from her Ugandan lover in series five, with Eddie (Jennifer Saunders) declaring her mixed race granddaughter a fabulous fashion accessory, calling it “the Chanel of babies!” Called Jane by her mother, this was soon changed to Lola by Eddie.

The casting call back in June last year was looking for 'a mixed-race 13-year-old girl for a pivotal role in the film, someone who is self assured and cool and naturally finds her mother embarrassing but her Granny amuses her'.

Absolutely Fabulous was filmed on location in the UK and the south of France, and is now in cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Apple Tree House

Two new child actors are set to star in Apple Tree House, a brand new 30-part drama series set around an inner-city estate bursting with life, coning to CBeebies.
 Aamir Tai will star as Mali, an ordinary boy who has just moved on to an extraordinary inner city estate, where he meets his new best friend Sam, played by Miranda Sarfo Peprah, the daughter of the estate’s caretaker. Together with their friend Bella, played by 7 year old Summer Jenkins, they solve daily problems and overcome childhood dilemmas - all within the safety net of their loving families and the inspirational Apple Tree community that surrounds them.

As well as the two main children the audience will be introduced to a wealth of diverse and supportive characters, including Mali’s grandma Zainab (Shaheen Khan) and Sam’s father Kobi (William Vanderpuye), plus a host of other family members, friends and neighbours, all with very different backgrounds who help Mali and Sam on their adventures around the estate.

Greg Boardman, producer, said: “Whether it is in Mali’s family flat, in Kobi’s caretaker shed or out and about in the Apple Tree neighbourhood, each new day brings an opportunity to have fun and discover something new as the children engage with friends and fellow residents. There is always something to be learned - Mali and Sam’s wonderful everyday world provides the perfect backdrop.”

Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, said of the new series: “Apple Tree House embodies all that CBeebies stands for - a sense of fun, curiosity and adventure, as well as sharing valuable life lessons in responsibility, kindness and being a good friend.”

Apple Tree House has been developed for television by award-winning Rastamouse producers Eugenio Perez and Gregory Boardman and has been created by William Vanderpuye (one of the key vocal talents behind the Rastamouse series), Maria Timotheou and Akindele Akinsiku. The series will also feature original songs and a soundtrack from Andrew Kingslow, the composer behind the Rastamouse music.

The 30 x 15 minute series goes in production in early July and will be filmed at Three Mills Studio and on location in East London. It will be broadcast on CBeebies next year.

The Reel Scene Graduate

Blog By Nadine Burton – The Reel Scene Graduate

Hi, my name is Nadine (Dee) Burton and I am a Reel Scene graduate. Can I ask you aspiring actors a question? Have you been struggling to succeed in the acting world? How many dead ends have you met in your struggle? Personally, I met a lot of dead ends until the day I learnt about the Reel Scene.

The Reel Scene

is a acting event that has trained and improved the skills of aspiring actors of who are now pursuing their dreams in the industry – from TV Shows to Feature Films, etc. Alex Fidelski and his team of professionals are the reasons why I am what I am today – they improved my skills and gave me the opportunity to excel. (see below “After the event what’s next”)

Initially, when I heard about Reel Scene, I was very sceptical because I have met a lot of companies claiming to offer what they could not; but on a second thought, I decided to give it a trial and went for the Reel Scene Event. Since then, my life and career changed for the better – Reel Scene is the reason for my progress in the competitive acting world. I have been involved in shows, films and I have obtained an agent and I have the tools and determination and knowledge to pursue my dreams!

Benefits of Signing Up For the Reel Scene Week-Long Event

  • Their programme is perfect for anybody. You’ll study various scripts and scenes and you’ll be able to work on your area of development.
  • You will meet and work with a professional known Director, Established Actors and Actresses of the stage and screen, who will give you coaching, guidance and that important piece of advice.
  • Acquire the knowledge and exposure needed to succeed in the industry. 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your talent before leading industry professionals, directors, agents, and performers.
  • You will be able to network with various professionals in the industry, ranging from established actresses and actors from film, TV, theatre, Writers and Directors, Casting Agents and Directors.
  • What you learn through their intensive week, many actors and actresses would not be opportune to learn for a year or more.
  • You’ll get studio time with a professional Director. 
  • You will meet and bond with actors and actresses from different backgrounds – some with previous experience, other with limited experience. Reel Scene is not just an event, it is a family; you learn from everybody.
  • By the end of the week, you will have the important tools necessary to launch your career – headshots, showreel and industry knowledge and if signed an agent!
  • Turn your talent into a career.

After the Event – What Next?

One of the best parts of Reel Scene Week is that you will continuously get support from Alex and his team, (trust me I call him frequently). The Reel Scene is creating a safe haven for actors, they truly care and they will do what they can outside the event to help get you into the industry, for example, I have since been in two pilot shows for ITV and sky!! You get invited back for networking events and you’ll be part of a social media group to help you keep in touch with everyone. Also, through the Reel Scene monthly workshops, get further training and support, advice and guidance as you continue to grow in your career.

There are three major steps to your success, which are:

1. Meet Reel Scene
2. Perfect your craft
3. Work with a professional actors, directors and agents.

If you really want to be an actor or an actress, Reel Scene Event is the best thing that will happen to you, and you would come back to thank me later for this information – I am a living testimony.

The Upcoming Event

In the month of August 2016, Reel Scene will be holding the same event that changed my life for the better. Don’t miss this event; this is your opportunity to succeed!

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