Friday, December 4, 2009

Shooting Stars 2010

Misfits star Robert Sheehan has been selected  for the 13th Shooting Stars presentation, an annual new acting talent showcase with the young actors and actresses being introduced at the Berlin Film Festival.

Robert represents Ireland whilst 30 year old Edward Hogg represents the UK.

Hogg (represented by Hamilton Hodell) is a RADA graduate, originally from Sheffield made his film debut this year as a psychopathic hillbilly in the White Lightnin’, set in the Appalachian mountains. He’s a neurotic agoraphobe in the madcap Brit-com Bunny and the Bull. And in his forthcoming project, Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, he plays a man who is steadily losing his mind.

One of four children born to a teacher mother and civil engineer father, he told The Times that he was a difficult, angry child (“from 5 to 14, I was horrible”) until he found music. “As soon as I started singing I stopped being angry. I can’t explain it.” When the band split he followed his younger sister into a local theatre group, and eventually found himself in the hallowed halls of RADA. “It’s a bizarre place,” he says. “You get cut off from the rest of the world and you spend all day every day with 30 other people who only want to sit around discussing acting. You become quite boring.”

The Shooting Stars cross-European final ten were selected from a list of 21 potential candidates, identified by EFP’s pan-European member organisations. The jury includes UK casting director Leo Davis and Guiseppe Piccioni, the Italian director.
They jury said that it has been an “unusually rich year” with a strong emphasis on talent from Central and Easter Europe. Previous participants have included the UK’s Carey Mulligan.
Shooting Stars will run from February 13th - 15th.

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