Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Name Is Emily

Filming has wrapped on Irish drama My Name Is Emily, which stars Evanna Lynch in the title role of Emily, a 16-year-old girl who goes on a road trip across Ireland with a boy from her school to free her father from a psychiatric institution.

Evanna (represented by Cole Kitchenn in the UK), famous for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, said of the role: "After I read the script, it and Emily were all I could think about for weeks; it is so different to anything I've read and yet so real and dynamic, and it is an absolute privilege and a joy to have the opportunity to help bring My Name is Emily to life with Simon and his team. Simon is an incredible person and he is embracing challenges the like that no director has had to contend with before and it is awe-inspiring simply to be in the midst of that".

Newcomer George Webster (represented by Curtis Brown) plays her friend Arden. He said of his casting: “Not only is it an honour and a privilege to be part of the team that's helping Simon to realise his dream...but it's also incredibly exciting to be able to work with a script as good as this one, so early on in my career”. George will soon be seen in Channel 4's new drama series Babylon.

Described as a romance and road movie, the film is the debut feature from Simon Fitzmaurice, a father of five, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2008, shortly after his second short film, The Sound of People, screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Confined to a wheelchair and completely paralysed, Fitzmaurice can only communicate to his cast and crew using his eyes and iris recognition technology which transmits his thoughts via a computerised voice.

"Making this film is the realization of a serious amount of work and love from my wonderful producers," said Fitzmaurice in a statement. "We are surrounded by the most committed group of cast and crew it has been my pleasure to work with. For me, it has been worth every effort just to be here on set in the calm at the center of the hurricane."

My Name is Emily was filmed on location around Co. Wicklow and also stars Michael Smiley.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Casting call for new CBBC series

Angela Grosvenor CDG is casting for THE SECRET LIFE OF BOYS, a new series from Foundation TV for CBBC, plus an interactive website.

The series is filming in the UK with director/producer Beryl Richards (Wizards Vs Aliens, Leonardo), and they are looking for an AUSTRALIAN girl (based in the UK) to play age 12/13, she should have a sunny personality.

Suitable applicants should email agrosvenor@me.com


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Boy In The Dress

Newcomer Billy Kennedy from London has landed the lead role in the new BBC dramatisation of David Walliams' book The Boy In The Dress, which has just started filming in London.

Billy (represented by Esta Charkham Associates) previously played Toots in the National Theatre's production of Emil and the Detectives, and Weeping William in Horrid Henry:The Movie but this is his TV debut.

The Boy In The Dress tells the story of 12-year-old Dennis, an ordinary boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends in the football team think if they find out?

Following on from the success of previous David Walliams books TV adaptations Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA-nominated Mr Stink, this BBC One one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will once again air this Christmas.

The stellar ensemble cast includes Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, Steve Speirs, James Buckley  from The Inbetweeners, and Felicity Montagu ,

David Walliams himself will also appear, and there will be an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.

 David Walliams said: “We have put together a dream cast for this the first of my children's books and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what it is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it, young and old, stop and think.”

The Boy In The Dress is a co-venture between King Bert Productions and BBC In-house Comedy. It has been adapted by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley alongside David Walliams, and the director is Matt Lipsey.

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