Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3

After almost four months of shooting, filming for the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures concluded last week with the cast and crew's annual wrap party.
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, one-time companion to that strange wanderer in time and space known as The Doctor, will return for a third series of alien-busting in The Sarah Jane Adventures to be shown in September 2009.
Alongside her adopted son Luke played by Tommy Knight (represented by Curtis Brown), Sarah Jane's team is made up of Luke's streetwise pal Clyde Langer, Daniel Anthony (A&J Management), their schoolmate Rani (Anjli Mohindra - another teenage actor who started out at the Nottingham Central Television Workshop, now represented by United Agents), who lives opposite and has aspirations to become a journalist like Sarah Jane, and Mr Smith, their Xylok supercomputer up in the attic, plus Sarah Jane's robot dog, K-9.
Young guest stars in the series include Eleanor Tomlinson, Toby Parkes (Jackie Palmer)and 17 year old Highgate teenager Gregg Sulkin (who has been linked with Miley Cyrus).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Third Narnia film starts shooting



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, the third film in the franchise, started shooting on July 27th on location in Queensland, Australia.
The film will shoot entirely in Queensland, primarily at the Warner Roadshow Studio in Gold Coast, which boasts the Southern Hemisphere’s largest water tank.
Filming is expected to wrap in November, and the film will then go into post-production for a year to be readied for a global release in December 2010.
Michael Apted is directing, with previous cast members Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes and Ben Barnes reprising their roles.
This production is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Walden Media (Fox takes over from Walden’s previous partner Disney). Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two films, is one of Voyage’s producers, along with Mark Johnson and Philip Steur. Returning executive producers are Perry Moore and CS Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham.
The third film’s plot sees Edmund and Lucy and cousin Eustace (played by Son Of Rambow’s Will Poulter) swallowed into a painting, onto a Narnian ship for a journey to the edges of the world. They join forces with Prince Caspian and warrior mouse Reepicheep as they face Dufflepuds, dragons and merfolk. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay with Richard LaGravenese and Michael Petroni.
Supporting cast members include Australian actors such as Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel and New Zealander Shane Rangi. Liam Neeson again voices Aslan the Lion.
Apted is working with Oscar-nominated DoP Dante Spinotti and film editor Rick Shaine.
CS Lewis published The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader in 1952, the third of his seven Narnia books.
The previous two Narnia films have taken a combined $1.2 billion at the global box office.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Web auditions for new feature film Submarine


THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.
Aspiring young actors have a unique chance to audition for lead roles in a new star-studded comedy feature film set in Swansea. Submarine, adapted from Swansea-born writer Joe Dunthorne’s prize winning debut novel, will begin filming this autumn. The producers, Warp Films, the people behind the hit film This Is England are working with online auditioning site www.thecastingscene.com to find new young talent to star in this hilarious adaptation of Dunthorne’s novel.
Submarine is a coming of age comedy about 15 year old Oliver Tate, a teenager growing up in Swansea, to be directed by Richard Ayoade of The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd. The film provides a unique chance for ambitious Welsh teenagers to record their auditions online using a simple webcam, thanks to the new website www.thecastingscene.com. Actors simply sign up to the site to find character profiles and script excerpts for the three lead roles, aimed at 16 - 17 year olds with a playing age of 15. “Experienced actors and raw talent alike are welcome to try out”, says Warp Films Producer, Mark Herbert.
“This gives young actors the chance to join an A list cast that Warp Films have already secured, including Michael Sheen of Frost/Nixon and Paddy Considine of Hot Fuzz”, adds Grant Keir of www.thecastingscene.com.

Director:
Richard Ayoade
Producer:
Mark Herbert
Shoot Location:
Wales
Audition Close Date:
31/07/09
Shoot Date:
01/10/09 - 12/11/09
SUBMARINE is the comic coming-of-age story of 15 year-old Oliver Tate. In his head he’s a cool, literary genius. In reality, he’s socially inept and unpopular. He has set himself two tasks for the summer – to lose his virginity (before it becomes legal) to Jordana, a pyromaniac bully; and to stop his mother leaving his father for her capoeira teacher. We are looking for 16/17 year olds who can play 15.


ROLES

OLIVER TATE (Male )
Playing age 14/15 Has awkwardness about him. Not the coolest kid at school. Articulate. (Young version of Dustin Hoffman/Jason Schwartzman.) (Lead)

CHIPS ( Male )
Playing age 15. Could be from anywhere in UK. Slightly thuggish. Unlikely friend of Oliver. (Support Lead)

JORDANA BEAVEN (Female)
Playing age 14/15. Welsh accent. Cool but not obviously pretty. Slightly vulgar. Cross between younger versions of Thora Birch/Charlotte Church/Christina Ricci. (Lead)

The casting director is Karen Lindsay-Stewart.

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Game of Thrones casting update

Screenterrier joined in the casting predictions for new HBO pilot/series Game of Thrones here.

It has now been announced that recent Central Drama School graduate Kit Harington (United Agents) has been cast as Jon Snow.

Young Irish actor Jack Gleeson (represented by ITW Agency) has been cast as Prince Joffrey.

Author George R. R. Martin who has been following the casting says:

"Of course, there's a lot more roles still to fill, including some very crucial ones like the Lannister twins, the Stark children, and Daenerys Targaryen, so the search will continue for awhile. But we've begun, and so far I couldn't be happier. October is right around the corner."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New teen drama The Well

Look out for another of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch in 2009, Jo Woodcock, who also recently appeared in the BBC's choir drama All the Small Things and will also star in the BBC's daytime drama Land Girls in September.

She will also be starring in a new teen drama for BBC Switch called The Well.

BBC Switch has commissioned digital production company Conker Media, part of Lime Pictures (whose credits include Hollyoaks), to create and produce an interactive, digital drama thriller for its teen audience.

The Well will air in the autumn in the Switch zone on BBC Two (Saturdays 12noon-2.00pm) and extends online at bbc.co.uk/switch where the audience can immerse themselves further in the story, exploring a spookily atmospheric recreation of the main drama location in a multi-level game.

By engaging with The Well online through completing a series of tasks and challenges the audience can unlock hidden drama content which reveals the backstory to the TV drama.

The entire experience has been created by the "Godfather of young adult fiction", Melvin Burgess, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The Well represents his first foray into digital media and television.

It stars a cast of fresh new talent - as well as Jo Woodcock, we'll also see Karen Gillan, who was recently announced as Doctor Who's new companion.

The action in The Well centres on a derelict building, which contains a long-forgotten well, the resting place of a dormant malevolent force. When the house changes owners and renovations begin, four teenage friends uncover the well and unwittingly unleash an old and restless spirit.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Framed


Look out for two new child actors starring alongside Trevor Eve and Torchwood's Eve Myles in new BBC One drama "Framed", adapted from Frank Cottrell Boyce's best-selling children's novel, which sees a secretive convoy of men invade a Welsh village.


Filming is a joy for young stars (from The Liverpool Post)

LIKE any children’s film, Framed’s success is crucially dependent on the credibility of its young leads.

By definition they will lack the experience and technique of their adult peers, but still must carry the film.

With extremely strict regulations about children’s working hours, filming revolves entirely around them.

“The children are terrific. I wasn’t involved in the casting process, but I know that, for Millions, we saw 400 boys for the lead part,” says Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Mari Ann Bull, 10, was watched by her proud father, Gareth, from Cardiff, as the cameras rolled.

“I like making Framed and Andy is very nice,” she says, as she hops about in the cold, like a red-headed elf.

“She’s really enjoying it. She never gets tired and never gets hungry,” beams Gareth.

Most recently Wales’s Face of Recycling 2007-8, she has acted since the age of five.

“We usually go to Disneyland each year, but we had a feeling she’d get this one, so we cancelled the holiday to audition.”

Sam Davies (represented by Regan Rimmer), 12, from Swansea, who plays Minnie’s brother, Dylan, is the son of actor Huw Davies.

An impressively self-possessed, but engaging young man, Sam auditioned after a casting scout visited his drama school.

“I had several auditions, but they also needed to see if I was a good match to the girl they chose to be my sister,” he says. “I first read the book of Framed on the train to London, after my dad gave it to me. He reads it to classes for his work.

“I didn’t think I’d like it at first, but I kept reading and reading. It’s helped me understand the character far better, as the descriptions are more detailed.”

He gets five weeks off school for the shooting schedule, and has to do 15 hours’ private tuition a week on set.

The children are tutored by ex-headmistress Eleri Hourahane, who enjoys the shoot as much as them.

“After 40 years in teaching, I never expected a second career, never mind one as exciting as this,” she says.

Sam says: “I want to be a director when I’m older. I love the creativity.”

He jokily adds: “And I want to be the person telling people what to do.

“I’ve learned so much on this film. Andy is amazing at explaining things to us.”

“Trevor Eve is also very good to me. We rehearse by going through the previous scene, so I understand what we’re doing.”


Framed will be shown in the Autumn on BBC1.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Never Let Me Go youngsters




Completing the trio of child actors playing the younger versions of Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in the highly-anticipated new feature film adaption of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go is 12 year old Isobel Meikle-Small from Brighton. Newcomer Ellie will play the young version of Carey Mulligan in the lead role of Kathy.

Bo and the Spirit World casting story


Filming has now been completed on the new CBBC drama "Bo and the Spirit World", Screenterrier reported on the open auditions, and casting news.
Henry Wu who was cast as Ji has written an account of the casting process he went through:

I found a CBBC drama that I could audition for called “Bo and the spirit world”, this is the main storyline: Five children get transported to a spirit world and don’t even know each other (apart from Bo and Timothy); the five children are Bo, Timothy (Bo is Timothy’s older sister), Martin, Trix and Vicky. They meet a Gypsy and she tells them that they had to find twelve “spirit pieces” to go back home. Armed with super heroic powers the five must go on a quest with their friends to save not only their own grandma but the entire universe from their arch enemy Li and his shadow ninjas.The series was written by Jo Ho and is directed and produced by Jon East.

I wanted to audition for the character Timothy so I had to give in an application form. Luckily the CBBC accepted my application and I went to central London for an audition. At the audition we got into groups of three and do an improvisation on when we first got transported to the spirit world and met the gypsy. After that we got into pairs and practised a script. Then it was the nerve-racking bit, we got filmed reading our script.

I was really happy when I found out that I would be going to the second round audition, which was also at Central London. This time we practised some martial arts first (the shows would contain Kong Fu) with a martial arts expert. Next we did an improvisation on when we had to go through a cave to find a spirit piece. Then we practised a script and got recorded doing it. After I did the second round I really didn’t think I would get through to the next round, but guess what, I did! But this time I didn’t go to Central London, I went to the 3 Mill Studios in East London. It was a proper place were filming took place and it was so fancy. This time all I had to do was to read a script with a partner (I received the script two days ago) while they filmed it. And I got through, again. This time I went to the same place as last time and read a script with a girl that had already been chosen to play as Bo.

A week later I got the results of the auditions. The bad news: I didn’t get through as Timothy. The good news: I got a guest role as Ji in the show! Also this was a really good experience for me and I got to miss lots of school.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Juno Temple

Tuesdays's casting news on St Trinians reminded Screenterrier of the wonder that is Juno Temple (represented by Troika). No longer quite a teen actor as she's just turned 20, but she has made her name playing troubled teens.

Juno has five new feature films to be shown this year and the next - including the historical-drama-thriller Glorious 39 (with Romola Garai), Cracks (with Eva Green) and Noah Baumbach's latest feature, Greenberg.

She was heavily wigged in The Other Boleyn Girl and to play Atonement's troubled Lola Quincey, the cousin whose sexual assault sets in train the story's cataclysmic events, she agreed to have her phantasmagorical hair dyed ginger.

More importantly (and more challengingly), she learnt to trammel her own emotions, the better to track Lola's journey from abused teenager to spouse of said abuser. 'It was a sad, sad tale wasn't it?' Temple reflects. 'She was a confused, desperate little being. She was going to do whatever the hell she wanted to get her happy ending.'

She talks of the lessons she absorbed while shooting. 'It was my second film and I had to be very emotional. I hadn't worked out how to make myself emotional then be able to turn it off,' she says. 'So I'd work myself into a state, do the scene for an hour, then be hysterical for two hours afterwards. And I remember [the director] Joe [Wright] taking me aside and just saying, "You have to remember you're playing a character. This cannot affect Juno. It can a little bit - but it's Lola that's f***ed up and upset right now. Not Juno." And being told that changed everything for me.'

Still, in her debut proper, Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006), a part she secured when she was 15 and filmed when she was 16, she more than held her own playing the surly, bad-mannered, troubled daughter of the teacher (Cate Blanchett) having an affair with one of her pupils. Acting alongside such heavyweights as Blanchett, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy was 'terrifying', she admits. 'What am I doing here?' But her co-stars 'were very inspirational people'.

'She was very self-possessed, and obviously fantastically well brought up,' Eyre recalls, adding that when he met her he had no idea that she was the daughter of director Julien Temple and his producer wife Alison. 'Perfect manners. Listens to other people. That's always impressive and unusual in a 15-year-old. And intelligent and very droll, with such a grace about her.'

On her next film, being the daughter of a punk was a boon: she was Celia the druggy bad girl in last year's St Trinian's remake. 'Sneeze and you'll miss me,' she shrugs, adding that she shot quite a few more scenes than made it into the finished film. 'But they all involved drug-taking. They couldn't show those because it was a PG12 or whatever - it was for young girls so they had to cut those scenes. Which I understand and think, "cool".'

In Wild Child, is a Working Title teen movie about a Malibu rich kid who pitches up at an archetypal English girls' boarding school. Temple played Drippy, a slightly spacey pupil with a fondness for Wagon Wheels. 'I can't stand Wagon Wheels!' she says of the biscuit she was required to snack on in take after take. 'I had a spit bucket.'

She wasn't born in America - 'wish I had been, would have been much easier now!' she jokes, referring to the frequency with which her fast-rising career demands that she be in America - but spent her first four years in Los Angeles, where her father's career had taken him. The family then moved back to Britain, living in a 'beautiful, exquisite', 500-year-old farmhouse in Somerset. It sounds idyllic: her father is a keen gardener, 'so we had an Alice in Wonderland garden'. Plus, it was very handily located for Glastonbury.

The previous night Temple had been in the Groucho Club with her father, and he was telling her that he had a picture of her with a giant toothbrush on the set of a Tom Petty music video. She can't remember that occasion but does remember other set visits, which she thinks were usually brought on by childcare crises. 'I used to love going on his sets. I was fascinated during Pandaemonium,' she says of Temple's 2000 film in which he cast his daughter as an extra. 'I think that's when I started to get interested in what was going on behind the camera too - before that, at eight years old, I was, "Ooh, I can wear pretty dresses…"'

Her interest in films had been sparked by watching, aged four, Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la BĂȘte. 'That film made me want to be an actress. I was obsessed with it,' she says. Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes was another favourite. Watching these films on her father's big-screen projector created in her an ongoing passion for immersing herself in the dark in the cinema for two hours.

Her first proper part was in her father's 1998 movie Vigo. 'And he completely cut me out of it! And I'd learnt a Chopin Nocturne piece on the piano. I was like…' Her big eyes droop and her bottom lip pouts.

At 15, she realised she wanted to be an actress. 'I just had to turn around to my parents and say, "I really want to do this."' It was then that her mum suggested she attend the audition for Notes on a Scandal: '"You know what Juno?" she said, "If you want to do this, go and see your competition."'

Richard Eyre remembers the sweet girl he met back then. 'None of Juno's personal qualities was required in the part,' he says. But even though she had never really worked before, Eyre knew she could do it. Already 'she was an actress. I knew she could play it without having to be it.'

Now Juno Temple is one of our best new acting talents. Out later this year is a film she made with Eva Green called Cracks, about a girl at boarding school in the 1930s. And before that she was in Louisiana with Jack Black making Year One, the comedy produced by the wildly hip and successful Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad). And before that she was in Brussels and Canada, filming Mr Nobody with Jared Leto and Sarah Polley.

She admits she would readily move to LA, not least because that's where her boyfriend of three months lives (he's an actor, but she declines to name him). But in the midst of all this whirl Temple is keeping her feet on the ground. Her parents are a help here, in every regard. 'They wanted me to do it on my terms,' she says. 'It's my life, it's my career and they're always going to be there when I get told I'm too short, too fat, too frizzy, too whatever.

'They are going to be supportive of what I do, and they're not going to try and change what I do. It makes it much easier, it means I can really trust them with everything. And I can turn to them at any point and say, "Um, OK, love this script, but I'd have to be having sex for pretty much six weeks solid - how do we feel about it?" And they'd give me a straight answer. "Well, is it necessary?"'

'Together they're very clever about filmmaking. And they're always right about what's going to be good and what's not going to be good. I am,' Temple concludes, 'really lucky.'



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Claire's Going Postal

25 year old rising star Claire Foy, who last year landed the lead role in the BBC's adaptation of Little Dorrit, is to star as Adore Belle Dearheart in Sky 1's up and coming adaptation of another Terry Pratchett novel "Going Postal".

Claire trained at the Oxford School of Drama after attending university in Liverpool where she focused on drama and screen studies.

'When I was a little girl, I trained as a ballet dancer,' she says. 'Then, when I was 13 I developed juvenile arthritis. That's when I began thinking about acting, although I never really thought I could do it.'

The turning point came at school - Aylesbury High in Buckinghamshire. 'We did a couple of shows. But I was never the prettiest or the most talented girl. It was always an uphill struggle. I've loved drama, but somehow I just thought everyone else was better than me. Then when I went to university, I realised you've just got to have the guts to go for it.'

Here's Claire's description of the audition process for Little Dorrit:

'It's uncanny how this has turned out to be a story with a very modern connection, but I hadn't even read the book when I first auditioned because I was convinced I didn't stand a chance of getting the part', she says. 'All I knew was that it was a period drama.

'There were four auditions and for the first two with the casting director Rachel Freck I was struggling to get a grip on it all. I went in and read my lines and I got completely the wrong end of the stick. It was atrocious.'

Claire was lucky. Instead of being dismissed - as some tough casting directors might have done - Rachel Freck encouraged the young actress to try again.

'She said to me, "You can do it." So I spent a lot of time on it and finally read the book, which really helped because then I realised how Dickens had envisaged Amy Dorrit, and what the casting people wanted.

'Even when I found out we had gone down from 40 candidates to just three or four girls, I still thought I didn't stand a chance. Then I got the call saying they wanted me and I said: "Are you sure?" I thought right up until the last minute that they were going to turn round and say: "No, we've made a mistake!"'

But producer Lisa Osborne explains why they gave this plum role to an unknown with only three National Theatre plays and one TV drama, Being Human, to her credit. 'We were keen to find a girl who viewers wouldn't have seen before so she'd be fresh and believable as Amy Dorrit.

'I think Claire is beautiful, but the look was kind of less important. Obviously, there's a thing you want to have in Little Dorrit and that's a sense of littleness. She's described as being almost child-like, and Claire is tiny, like a sparrow. We couldn't have cast a 5ft 10in Little Dorrit, that wouldn't have worked.'

We'll also be seeing Claire next year in Season of the Witch, starring along side Nicholas Cage which is sure to raise her profile in the US.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

St Trinians 2

St Trinian’s II: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold, began filming in London yesterday with the cast being joined by David Tennant, the soon-to-be-replaced star of Dr Who, and British popstar Sarah Harding.

Girls Aloud played the school band during a brief scene at the end of the first St Trinian's picture, but Sarah will play a considerably larger role in the new film.

The production schedule lists her to be available for 30 days to shoot her part playing Roxie, a new girl at the school.

'Roxie's an indie chick, a very independently-minded girl who has been through several schools.

'She's tough, cynical and you don't mess with her,' said Barnaby Thompson, who's directing the film with Oliver Parker.

Thompson and Parker cast Sarah because 'we liked her vibe'.

He added: 'Sarah's a real rock 'n' roll chick on and off the screen, she's fun.'

The returning cast includes Rupert Everett, who will reprise his role as unconventional headmistress Camilla Fritton, Colin Firth, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple (pictured), Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie and Fenella Wollgar, alongside newcomers to the franchise Ella Smith, Zawe Aston and Montserrat Lombard.

The film see the girls embark on a rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold, which sees them face the villainous Pomfrey, played by Tennant, and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Skins Series 4

Series 4 of Skins is about to start shooting in Bristol. All the regulars from Series 3 will be back including the youngest cast member, 12 year old Redd Smith from Bristol (represented by Mark Jermin Management) who plays Emily and Katie's younger brother James.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stars of tomorrow

One of Screenterrier's very own "Faces to Watch" is also a Screen International pick.

Aisling Loftus (represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant) discovered her hunger for acting at the Carlton Workshops, in which she enrolled at the age of nine. After several small roles in TV dramas and the occasional film, including Shane Meadows’ This Is England, Loftus received her break in fellow Star of Tomorrow Daniel Elliott’s Berlin Silver Bear-winning short Jade. Her ability to transmit emotion through the subtlest of gestures, as well as having a maturity that belies her youth, has secured the 18-year-old her first starring role in a TV film, Dominic Savage’s coming-of-age drama Dive for the BBC. Working alongside a cast that includes Gina McKee and Ewen Bremner has, says Loftus, helped her refine her approach to acting. “Ewen told me an actor should never demonstrate but should always feel the part,” she says. “He's right, because that’s the only way you can share the story with the audience.”