Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The return of The Sarah Jane Adventures

Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, one-time companion to The Doctor, is back for a third series of alien-busting adventures, from creator Russell T Davies, which also features a special appearance from The Doctor himself, David Tennant, who stars in two episodes.
Sarah Jane is accompanied by her adopted son, Luke, his streetwise pal, Clyde Langer, their schoolmate, Rani, who lives opposite and has aspirations to become a journalist like Sarah Jane, and their Xylok super computer in the attic, Mr Smith. Sarah Jane's robot dog, K-9, also joins the gang on their adventures.
In the first of this two-part adventure, Sarah Jane and the gang face the most dangerous day of their lives, as the rhino-like Judoon return. When prisoner Androvax the Destroyer crash-lands on Earth, a Veil is set free and starts to turn Earth's technology against itself. And his next intended victim is Sarah Jane.
The series also features an extraterrestrial girl who can make people play games against their will; a living painting; the inhabitants of a supposedly haunted house; and monsters who want to infect Earth with a strangely aggressive weed. Finally, there is a chance for Sarah Jane to find personal happiness with someone who could be the perfect person to complete her family.
A brand-new website accompanies the third series, complete with a trailer maker, monster hunt, video diaries from the cast, web games and exclusive behind-the-scenes videos.
Luke is played by Thomas Knight , Clyde by Daniel Anthony , Rani by Anjli Mohindra and Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Spirit Warriors

Up-coming CBBC drama Bo and The Spirit World has a new name - Spirit Warriors!

Inspired by ancient Chinese legend, Spirit Warriors, created by writer Jo Ho, is an adventure-packed series mixing live-action and martial-arts fantasy with digital technology and computer-generated characters.

A school trip to a museum ignites an epic quest for Bo (Jessica Henwick), her sister Jen (newcomer Alicia Lai) and fellow schoolchildren Vicky (15 year old rapper Lil Simz), Trix (Gilles Geary) and Martin (Karl Rogers - who starred as Peter in BAFTA-nominated CBBC drama Summerhill). Transported to a parallel Spirit World, where each possesses a special power, they meet Shen, a Chinese dragon, who guides them as they negotiate the realms of Wood, Water, Earth and Fire to seek out 12 Spirit Pieces before evil warlord Li (Benedict Wong) his henchman Hwang (Tom Wu) and their faceless Nian shadow warriors can capture them. There's just one problem – 21st-century kids don't have much experience of making conversation with an ancient dragon.

In a visual spectacle never before been seen on CBBC, the young heroes meet a mysterious new denizen of the Spirit World each week as they struggle to secure a new Spirit Piece against Hwang. If they succeed they will save the universe and Bo and Jen's ailing mother. If they fail, the Spirit World and the children’s own world will both fall under Li's terrible dominion.

Filming began April 2009, in Three Mills Studio, where the entire Spirit World was built as sets. The show is now in post-production and will be broadcast in January 2010 on CBBC/BBC1 and BBC HD.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

An Education

Some are predicting an Oscar nomination next year for one of Screenterrier's favourite Faces to Watch in 2009, 23 year old Carey Mulligan, after her star turn in Lone Scherfig's An Education, a coming-of-age tale in which she plays a London schoolgirl in the Sixties who falls for a much older man (Peter Sarsgaard). Based on the journalist Lynn Barber's memoirs, and written by Nick Hornby, the film wowed audiences, first at the Sundance Film Festival last month and then in Berlin and Toronto, and has turned Mulligan into the newcomer of the moment.

"They didn't want me for the role, initially," laughs the actress. "I auditioned ages ago with Beeban Kidron. Then Beeban pulled out and it collapsed. That was two years ago. Then Lone came on, but they didn't want to bring me in. She had a list of people, and the ones that they thought she should bring in had ticks next to their names. I didn't have a tick, but she saw my tape and said, 'She should come in.' If she hadn't had the time to watch all the tapes, I wouldn't be talking to you today."

The film is released in the UK on the 16th October.

Playing school-girls alongside Carey are Ellie Kendrick (last seen in The Diary of Anne Frank) as Tina, and Amanda Fairbank-Hynes as Hattie.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shank needs extras - URGENT

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. SPEAKING ROLES available in the biggest British film of next year. SHANK starring Adam Deacon and Kaya Scodelario.

TOMORROW Friday 25th September: 8am-6pm. Truman Brewery Carpark, 91 BRICK LANE, E1 6QL.

Auditions while shooting tomorrow to be featured role in scene with lines. Come looking futuristic, kooky, weird, dishevelled, sexy, dirty!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Devon auditions for two young actresses

 Two young actresses aged 16 - 25 are being sought for the Chagford Filmmaking Group’s Sir Lanval, a 12th century fairytale set in King Arthur’s Court.
This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in our seventh film. It is our most ambitious project to date and is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund and South West Screen. You'll get an all expenses paid trip to France next May and totally fabulous yummy dresses to wear.

We are making a 52 minute film of a twelfth century fairytale, Sir Lanval, set in King Arthur's Court. It's a breathtaking rollercoaster of a romance - love, betrayal, deceit, passion, fidelity, all played out in the fairytale granite landscapes of both Dartmoor and Brittany. The film will initially be distributed free to schools and touristic places.
We're looking for two young actresses to play Aurora and Luned, fairy maidens who weave their way through the story, sometimes visible to the humans and sometimes invisible. It would be good if you have some experience of acting Shakespeare or similar.
You'll need to be available for shooting the weekend of 31st/1st October this year and for 16th-30th May 2010. Perfect for a student on a gap year!
The informal auditions take place during the afternoon of 9th October in Chagford, and there will be tea and home-made cake to calm your nerves. If you would like to take part, please email us THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. He'll fill you in on where to come, answer your questions and send you some lines to practise.
Please do pass this message on to any young people you think would like to take part in this magical film, so rich with relevance to today's celebrity culture. It's an amazing story with a glorious role reversal in which a woman rescues the knight-in-distress! It's twelfth century GIRL POWER!

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry of the Chagford Filmmaking Group.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Audition for a featured role in 4321

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Screenterrier already posted about your chance to be an extra in Noel Clarke's new film
Emma Roberts has now also joined the cast.

They are now offering the chance to audition for a featured role:


Saturday 26th September 2009

The time has come for you people to feature in this new movie from the makers of Kidulthood and Adulthood. We are looking for young talented fresh people to have a featured part in this movie. Here is your chance so don’t miss out.

We are holding an audition/casting day for this on Saturday 26th September 2009 (This Saturday!) from 9am to 5pm. This will be held at:

The Study Centre is only a few minutes away from the British Museum,
the University of London campus, Oxford Street and Covent Garden

Closest Tube: Holborn Station (Central & Piccadilly Lines).
On bus routes 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55 and 98.
For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk

If your interested then please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. with your full name, age, contact number and a recent photo of yourself.

You must be 16 or over but we are seeing all ages, male and female!

Thank you

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tanner Hall

Look out for gorgeous young Brit Georgia King in stunning new coming-of-age film Tanner Hall which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Georgia’s route into acting was, by some measures, unorthodox. Although performance is in her blood (her father Jonathan Hyde is an actor, her mother Isobel Buchanan an opera singer and her sister, another actor, is RADA trained), she did not go to stage school, and her first role, at age nineteen, coincided with the change of direction many people undertake around that age. Some go to uni; Georgia went for a four-part BBC serial. And so while her old schoolmates were coming down with freshers’ flu, or having trippy gap-year experiences on a beach in Laos (I’m guessing), Georgia was playing the coquettish Rosamond Oliver in the 2006 version of Jane Eyre. She took to it like a fish to water — so well, indeed, that you have a sneaky suspicion Georgia always knew that she could swim. She went on to play head girl Harriet in the teen flick Wild Child, and then Sophie in teen horror Tormented, as well as a number of varied TV roles.

Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school.
In a cosy, but run down New England town, the knot of adolescent complexity is unravelled through the coming of age stories of four teenage girls.

Teens Fern (Rooney Mara), Kate (Brie Larson), and Lucasta (Amy Fergusen) aren't sisters, but they are best friends who live together year round--and that's a very complicated twist on the same thing. And newcomer Victoria (Georgia King) enrolls and adds her own drama to a perilously angsty situation.

Check out the trailer:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Criminal Justice 2

13 year old Alice Sykes (now represented by Troika) from Kent makes her screen debut in Peter Moffat's BAFTA Award-winning Criminal Justice which returns to BBC One for five consecutive nights.

Alice plays Ella, the daughter of Joe Miller (Matthew MacFadyen), a barrister at the height of his professional powers, and Juliet (Maxine Peake) who is fragile and isolated at home. One night Juliet stabs Joe in his bed. Life will never be the same again for the Miller family.

Ella idolises her dad and loves but pities her fragile mother. She becomes ridden with guilt at her father's death believing herself to be responsible, can she find hope and happiness again?

Maxine Peake (Hancock And Joan, Red Riding) leads the cast in this major new five-part thriller which takes an uncompromising and insightful look at our criminal justice system, but this time through the journey of one woman.

Criminal Justice shot earlier this year on locations in and around London

Monday, September 14, 2009

Glorious 39

First look at the young stars of Stephen Poliakoff's highly anticipated new film Glorious 39 starring Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne and Juno Temple.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have officially given the green light to begin production on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" starring Johnny Depp. The project is in active development and filming begins in April or May of 2010. The film is aiming for a Summer 2011 release date.

Depp will reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, but Keira Knightley has already announced that she will not be returning. There will be several new main characters for the film.

The 4th POC film is believed to be going to be based on Tim Powers' book "On Stranger Tides" which has the following storyline with "Jack Sparrow" replacing "Jack Shandy".

The book follows the exploits of John "Jack Shandy" Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood and her father, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Chandagnac is forced to join the pirate crew. The reader discovers a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter and Blackbeard. Chandagnac, now known as "Jack Shandy", must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fish Tank's new young stars

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold's Cannes Film Festival 2009 Jury Prize Winner, has opened to rave reviews. Exciting acting newcomer, 17 year old Katie Jarvis (now represented in the UK by Sue Latimer of ARG) from Essex, stars as the mouthy, passionate and 'misunderstood' teen, Mia. Katie is a complete unknown, who had never done any acting before, had dropped out of school and been unemployed, before she was 'discovered' having a heated argument with her boyfriend across the platforms at Tilbury Town railway station.

Jarvis told the BBC: "It was really, really nerve-wracking, to be honest. I'd never done any drama in school even. I was always too embarrassed to act in front of people. I never liked having my picture taken.

"But when I went to do Fish Tank it boosted my confidence right up and I thought, 'Sod the cameras', and just stuck my head right into it and got into it really quickly."

She added: "After I'd signed the contract I knew there was no going back from there. It was a bit weird for me really because I knew I had to do well.

"Plus I had a really good relationship with the director Andrea [Arnold], so I wanted it to turn out well for her sake as well as my own because she took a big risk on just picking me from the street in the first place."

The film also introduces another outstanding new actress (described as a "scene-stealer" in many of the film reviews). 12 year old Rebecca Griffiths (represented by A&J Management) also makes her film debut as Mia's foul-mouthed and feisty younger sister, Tyler.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Swansea auditions for Hunky Dory

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Screenterrier reported on the open auditions for Hunky Dory in London and Manchester back in April.

Now 16 to 20 year old singers are invited to audition for the new film, being produced by Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake, My Little Eye)

They are looking for phenomenal singers of any style. Male and female - the emphasis is on individuals.


We will be seeing people all day Saturday 24th October 2009

If you want to audition then please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. and we will send an audition form for you to complete and send in. We will then issue you with a time slot and venue details.

We cannot allocate a time until we have received the form. Times are allocated on a first come first served basis so please do not email a specific requested time as we will be unlikely to be able to accommodate you.

Bring a song (sheet music if you have it) or feel free to sing a cappella or with your own accompaniment (i.e. guitar or CD).
HUNKY DORY is a very original film set in ..Swansea.. in the summer of 1976 – the hottest summer the ..UK.. has ever seen. It is half-way between a musical and a drama and centres around the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show; a rock and roll, space age version of Shakespeare’s Tempest using the kids’ favourite pop songs to tell the story. A kind of grand “rock opera” in the tradition of “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” which were all the rage at the time.

The film follows her single-handed attempt to put the show on and knock these teenagers into shape, a hard enough task made harder by the relentless sunshine and enticing beaches of ..Swansea...
What the film tries to capture is that musical magic created when kids come together and perform with their hearts and souls. The story is essentially a simple one about a school show, and the plot centres around a burnt down school hall, an ill judged affair and the everyday trials and tribulations of teenage life. “Hunky Dory” is an ensemble piece that through its various characters celebrates the fragility and exuberance of youth. More than anything it aims at authenticity.

So we are looking not only for kids who can sing but kids we can believe in as characters, this is not the X-factor, so what we want is real people with raw talent. Kids with attitude, who maybe sing in band, should feel that they can be included. Talent, like teenagers, comes in all shapes and sizes. (Film-wise, think The Commitments, not Moulin Rouge!)

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

First look at the beautiful Lily Cole as Valentina and Andrew Garfield as Anton in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, starring alongside the late Heath Ledger.

The film will shortly be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in the UK in October.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Teenage film-makers make Jam

Screenterrier normally only reports on young actors but thought these young film-makers deserved a mention too...

Three 18-year-old filmmakers have started shooting their first movie, Jam, after raising money from public donations through the BuyACredit website.

It began as a schoolboys' dream – three friends who wanted to direct their own big-budget feature film.

They had no money so they set out to raise funding by appealing to the public, asking people to donate £1 to have their name listed in the credits.

Against the odds, the project took off, attracting finance and big-name stars. Yesterday the three 18-year-olds found themselves on the first day of shooting for a short film linked to the major movie, directing a clutch of celebrities in their own schoolyard.

Gary Rhodes, the chef, Phillip Schofield, the television host, and Frank Skinner, the comedian, were among those who turned out.

Actors including Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry have signed up to appear, along with Lynda Bellingham, Annette Badland and Patricia Hodge, the actresses, Paul Daniels, the magician, and Debbie McGee, his wife.

Already the teenage film-makers – Adrian Bliss, Toby Stubbs and Ben Robbins – have raised more than £100,000 towards their target of £1 million, and they hope after proving their directing credentials with the short film, Jam, the funding will increase enough to produce a feature-length film based on a little-known Jules Verne novel, Clovis Dardentor.

"It's a bit surreal, we're just 18-year-olds and we have the support of these people," said Mr Bliss, who is filming at the boys' former independent school, Aldenham in Hertfordshire, where they were all weekday boarders.

"We came up with the project in June last year and it started very small. We were selling the credits to friends and parents. But we thought then that it could get a lot bigger.

"It's just grown since then and now we're working with people that we're used to seeing in films and on television.

"Stephen Fry has agreed to have a small part in the final feature film, and we hope we will be able to get more celebrities involved."

Yesterday's filming saw the teenagers ordering Rhodes, Schofield and Skinner around the set in a makeshift location in the grounds of the school, close to Elstree Studios, the only complication being the occasional interruption of a nearby street cleaning machine and the odd helicopter flying overhead.

Jam tells the story of one of Clovis Dardentor's main characters – Mrs Desirandelle – as she desperately tries to win a village jam-making competition.

For much of the filming Rhodes, who plays himself, was covered in the sticky substance.

"I certainly haven't been directed by people so young before, but it was great," he said.

"There was a spirit and drive and excitement about them, and you can tell this is something that they love.

"They convinced me to get involved when I found out it was about jam, as I love jam – and I thought the script was really good."

Despite working with such high-profile figures the three teenagers, who have just completed their A-levels, were unfazed and took control of their professional cast and crew.

"It is amazing to work with people like that, but you just have to forget about it," said Mr Robbins, who gained three As last month.

"Later on you think about what you've done and it hits you, but while we're on set we are just getting on with it."

Earlier this year the teenagers, all from middle-class families in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, set up the BuyACredit website after discovering the Clovis Dardentor manuscript in the British Library and deciding they desperately wanted to turn the adventure yarn into a movie.

The final film will follow two best friends who are hoping to find fame, fortune and adventure, when they meet wealthy Clovis Dardentor who must give his money away to whoever saves his life.

A script has already been written and the trio hope that with the support of the public they will be able to turn it into a major film next summer, more than a decade after they first discovered their shared passion for cinema.

Mr Bliss and Mr Robbins began creating mini-productions after meeting in primary school, aged seven, and were joined by Mr Stubbs when they reached secondary school.

"We started making little films when we were young and it's just gone from there," said Mr Bliss.

"Then we started making promotional videos. We've spent so long working on films now, it takes up most of our time.

"It was hard studying for A-levels at the same time as getting this project off the ground, but it was worth it, and now we can concentrate completely on the film.

"Making films feels like you are part of something special, something really amazing and creative."

The teenagers hope Jam will be available to view on their website by the end of October, following a premier in London.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ways to Live Forever

Shooting begins in late October of Gustavo Ron's "Ways to Live Forever" adapted from the highly acclaimed children's book by Sally Nicholls. It tells the story of 11 year old Sam played by 14 year old Robbie Kay from Tyneside (represented by Independent Talent) who rose to stardom with a highly acclaimed performance in Fugitive Pieces. His best friend Felix is played by Alex Etel (also of Independent Talent), star of Millions and The Water HorseEloise Barnes (Mark  Jermin Management), currently appearing as Hannah Reynolds in Eastenders,  has been cast as his younger sister Ella.

Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.

His parents in the film are Ben Chaplin and Natasha McElhone. About a Boy and Harry Potter star Natalia Tena (Curtis Brown), who is now 25 years old, also features.

Filming will take place in Newcastle and Spain.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Boys Are Back

Look out for the young Aussie Nicholas McAnulty who, at just six years old, will make his acting debut after an extensive nationwide search of Australia, starring in The Boys Are Back alongside Clive Owen. Also starring is experienced English teen actor George Mackay  (represented by Gordon and French) who made his screen debut at 10 years old in Peter Pan and then went on to star in the BBC children's drama Johnny and the Bomb. He was also seen last year as the youngest Bielski brother in Defiance with Daniel Craig.

The film tells the story of the relationship between father and son. Joe Warr (Clive Owen) is a successful sports writer whose life takes a tragic and sudden change when his wife (Laura Fraser) dies of cancer. This leaves Joe to bring up his six year old son Artie (McAnulty) alone. In an effort to cope, Joe adopts the philosophy of ‘just say yes' to appease his son. This attitude leads to an unruly situation, particularly when Joe's 15 year old son from a previous marriage (George Mackay) decides to join his father in Australia.
It's about living life to the full. It's full of everyday observations that are about real life, not just reel life.

Clive Owen carved out time to get to know young Nicholas McAnulty. Clive explained that often the camera would continue running after a scene was shot: 'If Nicholas started to do impromptu things, we were there to capture anything that came up.

'There are things that fathers do with their kids that they're not allowed to do when Mum is around. There's a different discipline. A day with Dad is very different.'

Indeed, part of his character's ethos is the power of 'Yes'. It's OK to have pillow fights, play on swings when you want, sit on the bumper of Dad's car and so on.

'You can't fail to be moved,' Clive said. 'These guys are grieving, so you can forgive them some of the things they do.'

The film has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and will be shown at the
London Film Festival on October 21.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Cut

Another new teen drama hits our screens in September. The Cut.

Viewers are introduced to four very different teens, each with their own reasons for entering or trying to leave the world of The Cut, in BBC Switch's new multi-platform soap, featuring fast-paced storylines packed with plenty of drama.

Jay is looking for answers; Stephen's been suspended from school and doesn't have anywhere else to go; Marla is hunting high and low for her mum; and Olive can't wait to escape from it all with her secret boyfriend.

But with a hooded man stalking the streets and the age-old animosity between Loxley and Mackinnon at boiling point, will any of them survive the first episode?

Featuring a cast of rising stars and storylines suggested by teens, The Cut broadcasts online from Monday to Friday in five-minute episodes at bbc.co.uk/switch, with an omnibus edition on BBC Two on Saturdays.

Jay is played by former Power Ranger Samuell Benta, Stephen by newcomer Matthew Kane (Mark Jermin Management), Marla by reality TV star Shipwrecked's Lara Goodison, and Olive by Billie North.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 The Movie - extras casting call


Do you want to be an extra in the new movie from the creator of KiDULTHOOD and AdULTHOOD, starring ADAM DEACON, JACOB ANDERSON, FEMI OYENIRAN and TAMSIN EGERTON ? Do you have a passion for acting and/or film?

We are looking for people of all ages to come be involved in ‘’ a new movie starting production mid-September.

To apply please send your CV or information about yourself and a recent photo to the address casting@4321themovie.com

  • You must be over 16
  • You will not be paid (but food and drink will be provided)
  • You will need to be able to transport yourself to a London location
  • You must be available for the whole shooting day
We will be shooting from Mid-September to end of October in London. We will need people for a house party scene, club scene, coffee shop, plane and shoppers at a large west london mall among other scenes so will need people of all looks and ages.

Unfortunately we are a low budget production and cannot pay. However you will be provided with meals for the time you are with us and have the opportunity to work on an exciting film which is due for a UK cinema release in May 2010.

If you are chosen we will contact you by email over the next couple of weeks. There are limited spaces and even if you are chosen there is no guarantee that you will be included in the film.

We can’t respond to all applicants but do join the various social networking fansites for exclusive information on the film and other opportunities to become involved.

Thank you and good luck!

Off the Hook

Following the success of its online debut on BBC Switch last year, Off The Hook (formerly Fresh) – a comedy set in the world of university freshers – is airing in full multi-channel broadcast on BBC Switch on BBC Two from Saturday 12th September. It is the first UK comedy series to make the transition from online to a BBC TV channel.

Off The Hook explores the lives of a mismatched group of fresh-faced students as they enjoy their first taste of independence, with all the mishaps and misadventures that entails.

The show features a cast of both new and established actors, including: Jonathan Bailey as Danny; Danny Morgan as Shane; Joanna Cassidy as Scarlet; and James Buckley (from the Inbetweeners) as Fred.

In the first episode, Danny embarks on his first week at uni – the fun, the parties and the girls, including Becky.

However, Danny is about to get an earth-shattering blast from the past in the form of Shane, his outrageous slacker mate from school and the "worst best friend ever". Blagging his way in through last-minute clearing, Shane proceeds to gatecrash Danny's entire existence and ransack his best-laid plans.

Off The Hook forms part of a season of new drama and comedy for teens on Switch in the autumn. This also includes The Cut, a new, multi-platform soap which airs in five-minute episodes on bbc.co.uk/switch, with a weekly omnibus in the Switch zone on BBC Two.

Off The Hook can also be seen on BBC Three on Thursdays.