Sunday, March 1, 2015
Filming is underway in Cornwall on a full-length spin-off film from the bit BBC Three sitcom Bad Education, starring comedian Jack Whitehall back in the role of Alfie Wickers, "the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system".
The 26-year old is joined by the rest of the show’s cast, including Ethan Lawrence as Joe, Nikki Runeckles as Chantelle, Layton Williams as Stephen, Charlie Wernham as Mitchell, Jack Binstead as Rem Dogg, Kae Alexander as Jing and Weruche Opia as Cleopatra.
Sarah Solemani, Mathew Horne and Harry Enfield are also all set to return.
Whitehall said: “It’s very exciting to be bringing Bad Education to the big screen. It’s great to be reunited one last time with my amazing class of kids before they get ripped apart by puberty.”
Bad Education made its debut on BBC3 in August 2012 and ran for three series' until October 2014. It was the channel’s highest ever rating for a debut comedy, being watched by a cumulative 3.5 million viewers across the BBC platforms. The show went from strength to strength with series 2 being one of the most viewed shows on the BBC I-player, receiving 2.9 million requests.
Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other.
The Bad Education Movie is co-written by Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn, and directed by Elliot Hegarty. The film is produced by Ben Cavey and Pippa Brown from Cave Bear Productions.
Shooting for The Bad Education Movie began on 23rd February 2015 and the film will shoot for five weeks on location in the UK.
24 year old Joe (represented by Independent Talent) is set to graduate from Central School of Speech and Drama this year, and this is his first screen role.
The film is based on the Ben Fountain novel, and Joe is set to play 19-year-old American private Billy Lynn who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. The group of American soldiers, known as Bravo squad, are sent home for a two-week break following the much-publicised firefight in which they were hailed as heroes. Their promotional tour, culminates at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all the while the soldiers are facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashbacks to the underlying events and Billy’s heroism.
Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing Slumdog Millionaire, adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. It is Ang Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi.
Billy Lynn is due to start filming in April.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Filming is now underway for the next 3 months on location in South Africa on the CBeebies and CBBC co-commissioned series Jamillah & Aladdin
The series stars newcomer Blossom Campbell (represented by BAM Entertainment) as Jamillah, a 21st century London girl who stumbles upon a curious lamp in her attic, and is transported back to ancient Baghdad by the lamp’s resident comical genie (played by Leroy Osei-Bonsu), where she meets Aladdin.
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Aladdin hates household chores (he has a lot of them) and, like Jamillah, dreams of having adventures. He has never met a girl like her before and is amazed, and occasionally horrified, by her actions. She is courageous and bold but he often has to use his charm and quick wit to extricate them both from difficult situations. And, of course they can call on Genie when things get really bad. Sadly, his magic skills are a little rusty so he tends to create as many problems as he tries to solve!
Their adventures lead them through winding back streets of Baghdad where they encounter snake charmers in shady courtyards, mysterious travellers in the bustling bazaar and even get to meet the princess in the sun-filled palace gardens. Lurking in shadowed alleyways are one or two baddies, but together with Genie they are a match for any trickster.
Jamillah and Aladdin is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment, Toonz Entertainment and Mediabiz. The 52 x 14 minutes series is produced by Emma Stuart, the lead director is Rebecca Rycroft and the head writer is Kathy Waugh.
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