Sunday, May 3, 2015

She Who Brings Gifts

Newcomer Sennia Nanua has been cast in the lead role of 10 year old Melanie in She Who Brings Gifts, the feature film adaptation of M.R. Carey's novel The Girl With All The Gifts.

Sennia, from Nottingham is a member of the renowned Television Workshop, and played Skins star Laya Lewis's sister in the short film Beverley.

She was star alongside Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine in the sci-fi film, which will be directed by Colm McCarthy.

She Who Brings Gifts is the story of Melanie, a girl who is full of questions about the world. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special girl.

Producer Camille Gatin said, “It’s hugely exciting to combine Mike Carey’s truly original script and Colm McCarthy’s dynamic yet sensitive style, with such a terrific cast.”

Fellow producer Angus Lamont added, “Melanie’s story is a completely unique take on a much loved genre, seamlessly blending together a lonely child’s search for love and family with a terrifying journey where she controls the fate of the last adult humans on earth.”

Will Clarke, co-CEO and chairman of Altitude Film Entertainment, said, “’She Who Brings Gifts’ is a smart take on the sci-fi genre and with a humanity which will draw a young adult audience and those already aware of Mike Carey’s bestselling novel. With the great cast that has come on board we have a highly commercial film which can cut through to a broad audience.

The film is set to start shooting later this month in the U.K.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Newcomer to star in Danny And The Human Zoo

TV newcomer Kascion Franklin has landed the lead role of Danny in Danny And The Human Zoo, Lenny Henry's fictionalised account of his life as a talented teenager in 1970s Dudley.

Kascion (represented by Red Talent Management) from Birmingham, trained at the University of Northampton and Identity School of Acting.

He will star alongside Lenny Henry who will play his dad Samson and Cecilia Noble as his mum Myrtle. Arthur Darvill plays Danny’s Manager Jonesy, Richard Wilson plays promoter James Broughto, Mark Benton plays seasoned entertainer Syd Bolton, and Cherrelle Skeete plays Danny's sister Dee Dee,

BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far) directs the drama which is being made by RED Production Company for BBC One.

Lenry Henry said: "I can't believe that we're finally shooting my screenplay Danny And The Human Zoo! This is a fantasy memoir of the first two years of my career - my beginnings, working on the Zoo, working men's clubs and all that stuff that happened to me in the mid-Seventies - but crammed into 90 minutes. The script took about three years with the help of Nicola Shindler and Caroline Hollick at RED Productions and now we're going to make it in Dudley - led by a wonderful director Destiny Ekaragha. There's an incredibly talented cast and I feel very lucky to be a part of it all."

Danny’s world is a series of complex minefields which he has to negotiate: his home life - which his ebullient mother rules with an iron fist in an iron glove; his love life - where the Irish girl he's in lust with won't give him the time of day until he wins his first competition; and finally the ups and downs of his emerging career.
When Danny wins a talent competition at the local club, he soon finds himself working the comedy circuit. Audiences can’t get enough and applaud Danny as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, eventually hitting the big time on TV - an unheard-of achievement for a young black boy. But an unscrupulous manager takes advantage of Danny and forces him to star in a show - Musical Minstrel Cavalcade. Danny hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.

Danny And The Human Zoo will be filming in and around the Dudley area.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Casting call for TV Series

Casting is currently underway for the children in a fictionalised TV adaptation series of Nina Stibbe's bestselling memoir, Love, Nina for BBC1.

Rehearsals will be first week September and shooting period will be for a 6 weeks from 7th September.
Any child that is cast will be required to be fully licensed via the Local Education Authority and, if filming is during school time, they will be provided with tutors and chaperones- as per child licensing laws.

The children we cast in these roles need to be very bright as they have to handle a lot of complicated dialogue so only apply if you think your child is capable of this.

PAUL (10 yrs) (Male)

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS OVER THE AGE OF 12 OR IF YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE AN RP ACCENT

We will be auditioning boys who are between 9 and 12 yrs only (playing age around 10).

 

Oldest son of a successful film director and literary editor (divorced). Incredibly charismatic child – confident and quick-witted, ‘with an extraordinary capacity for happiness. always smiling and joking’. Has Riley-Day syndrome, which affects the development of his vision and nervous system, but his disabilities are not obviously visible in his appearance. 

Although physically frail, he tends to have the upper hand when it comes to verbal battles with his brother. Bolshy, determined and somewhat bloody-minded at times. An ardent West Ham supporter, he has a habit of shouting the name 'Trevor Brooking' whenever he wants to block out an uncomfortable conversation. 

An intelligent, funny, unique child.

Both boys are used to talking about adult subjects, without a complete awareness of what they are saying. Topics range from STDs, nuclear war, religion, neighbour's affairs, literature and art.


Privately educated, RP accent. 

Lead role in all 5 episodes.

Audition info: Please film your child auditioning with the attached script (see below).Can they also introduce themselves to camera briefly with an interesting/clever fact. Once you have taped your child please upload to either vimeo or youtube or any other site where we can stream the audition. Or if the video file is small enough attach it to the email. We do not want to have to download audition videos. If your child is successful we will be in touch to bring them in for a casting in London. Please note we can not respond to each individual audition.

BEN (9 yrs) (Male)

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS OVER THE AGE OF 12, OR UNDER THE AGE OF 9 OR IF YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE AN RP ACCENT

We will be auditioning boys who are between 9 and 12 yrs only (playing age around 9). Please note - we will consider exceptional 8 yr olds, if they will turn 9 before then end of August 2015. 

Youngest son of a successful film director and literary editor (divorced). Physically confident, emotionally more robust and straightforward than his older brother, Paul. 
Un-self-consciously blunt, quick-witted, and always has an answer for everything. Both boys are used to talking about adult subjects, without a complete awareness of what they are saying, including occasionally swearing. Topics range from STDs, nuclear war, religion, neighbour's affairs, literature and art. 
Privately educated, RP accent.
Lead role in all 5 episodes.

Audition info: Please film your child auditioning with the attached script (see below).Can they also introduce themselves to camera briefly with an interesting/clever fact. Once you have taped your child please upload to either vimeo or youtube or any other site where we can stream the audition. Or if the video file is small enough attach it to the email. We do not want to have to download audition videos. If your child is successful we will be in touch to bring them in for a casting in London. Please note we can not respond to each individual audition.

Please send all applications to loveninacasting@gmail.com

The closing date is 22nd May 2015.

Download Ben Audition Sides

Download Paul Audition Sides


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