Monday, July 7, 2014

Two newcomers added to Star Wars:Episode VII cast

Filming is underway at Pinewood Studios on the new Stars Wars film, after wrapping in Abu Dhabi, and two new cast members, found by the international open call, were announced today by Disney.

They are Pip Andersen a 23 year old British professional free-runner from Taunton in Somerset, who will play Thomas, and Crystal Clarke, who has just graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who will play Rachel - although the character names may well change, both fit the original brief of being good-looking and athletic.

Crystal (represented by Tavistock Wood) was born in Belleville, New Jersey and has just graduated from RCS. She will appear in her first feature film The Moon and The Sun next year

Disney held an open casting call for the film last year in eleven cities across the UK and the US, which an estimated 37,000 attended, as well as another 30,000 sending applications in online.

LucasFilm president Kathleen Clarke said of the castings:

 "The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition.

We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Call The Midwife casting call

Rebecca Wright Casting is currently casting the BBC Series Call The Midwife IV - please find more information regarding the show here:

BBC site

Call The Midwife shoots in London; the producer is Annie Tricklebank and the director is to be confirmed.

We are looking to cast the role of a nine year old Bangladeshi boy in Episode 5 -NABIL- who helps translate for his mother so that she can talk to the nurses about her baby. He is confident, bright and eager to help communication between the two parties.

Our shoot dates are: 18 August - 28 September 2014 (They will not be needed for the whole period)

We are looking for a young boy of Bangladeshi heritage between 9-11 yrs who is confident and likes drama (plus speaks another language at home) - currently Nabil translates in Sylheti (Bengali).

Please send suggestions - including age, location, languages, and any experience plus a recent picture - to

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Glasgow Girls casting news

Back in March open auditions, advertised on Screenterrier, were held in London and Glasgow for a new BBC drama Glasgow Girls.

Now the cast of the 60-minute factual and musical drama has been announced.

Waterloo Road star Kirstie Steele plays Jennifer, and Shetland star Erin Armstrong plays Emma, two of the local Glasgow teenagers, Roma refugee Agnesa is played by Identity Agency's Olivia Popica, Amal by My Brother The Devil's Letitia Wright, Aruhan Galieva (represented by Sally Hope Associates), a talented singer and musician plays Roza, Ewelina and Toni-Lee are played by newcomers Effie Scott and Kirsty Pickering.

The drama is based on the  inspirational true story of a group of schoolgirls whose petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a movement, which would eventually help change immigration practices in Scotland.

When 15-year-old Agnesa Murselaj, a Roma from Kosovo, and pupil at Glasgow’s Drumchapel High, was taken by Immigration officers in a dawn raid, her friends refused to let her go without a fight. As she and her family awaited deportation at a detention centre in London, fellow pupils Amal, from Somalia; Roza, from Kurdistan; Ewelina, a Polish Roma; and local Drumchapel teenagers Emma, Jennifer and Toni-Lee, banded together to campaign for her release.

What started as a school petition grew into one of the most memorable human rights campaigns of a generation as they lobbied the Home Office, challenged the First Minister in public, and won the support of their community.

Gary Lewis plays Drumchapel High’s bilingual support teacher Euan Girvan,  and Greg Hemphill takes on the role of First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell.

The story of the girls’ campaign was originally captured in an Amnesty International award-winning BBC Scotland documentary in 2005 and has since inspired a stage musical. Now, this talented young cast will bring a whole new version of the Glasgow Girls story to life for the screen with contemporary musical moments enhancing the story and themes.

It was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Former Controller, BBC Three, who said: "Glasgow Girls is a thrilling blend of true story, high drama and musical storytelling. Only a channel like BBC Three would attempt to re-tell a hard hitting immigration story in this way."

The film was directed by Brian Welsh who co-wrote the script with Joe Barton, produced by Kate Cook for Minnow Films and is part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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