Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Skins Season 5 - Meet Will Merrick

17 year old Will Merrick from Ledbury has beat around 10,000 hopefuls to become one of the new series of Skins' eight main characters, playing Alo Creevy

The young actor will make his first television appearance in the teen drama early next year.

He describes the role as a “dream come true” but admits he wasn’t hopeful when he travelled to the audition with a friend.
“We turned up to see thousands of people so I thought it would be pointless, but it turns out it was all worth it. There were about seven auditions with less people each time, so when there were 50 I knew I was close.
The producer called me and I didn’t feel anything, but the more time I spent in make-up and costume the more it hit me. This is my first television job but it’s been fantastic. I really love what I’m doing and every day just gets better.”

Will divided his time between filming on location in Bristol and going to school in Cheltenham. He has been acting since a child but received plenty of encouragement at the Downs School in Colwall.

He describes his character in Skins as a “fun loving person... he’s a very open-minded, positive and enthusiastic kind of guy.”

A sneak peak at the new Skins cast

Sean Teale, Sebastian De Souza, Laya Lewis, Alex Arnold, Dakota Blue Richards, Freya Mavor, Jessica Sula and Will Merrick.
The eight new stars of the 5th Series of Skins recently posed for the latest issue of Disorder Magazine.

The new series of Skins is due to begin in January on E4.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Open casting for Channel 4 TV drama - UPDATED!!


Des Hamilton Casting are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4:

They are holding an open call THIS Saturday 4th December between 12pm – 5pm at The Tabernacle, 35 Powis square, off Portobello road, London W11 2AY.

THIS CASTING IS STILL OPEN: Just email a PHOTO of yourself, with your AGE and CONTACT DETAILS to leanne@deshamilton.com

At present, they are looking for the following:

Boy - 14 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

Boy -14 yrs old, of Afro Caribbean descent, working class London boy.

Girl - 14-16 yrs old, of Afro Caribbean descent.

(just a willingness to come along and try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.)
At this stage it will just be a short informal chat on camera, and we can tell you more about the process.

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids and adults who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’ and Jack McElhone in ‘Dear Frankie’. Other recent credits include ‘The Firm’, ‘Bronson’ and ‘Four Lions’ which is currently showing in cinemas throughout the UK.

For further information visit http://www.deshamilton.com 

First look at Game of Thrones

A teaser trailer is now out for the highly-anticipated HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, the trailer heavily features Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran, with a glimpse of Jack Gleeson as Joffrey. And some high quality stills of the other young stars to follow:

A very grown-up looking Sophie Turner as Sansa (right).

Maisie Williams as Arya with Sean Bean as Ned Stark.

And  Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran with Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

Filming is still taking place in Belfast and Malta with the series due to transmit in 2011.

Tracy Beaker Returns wins a BAFTA

The Sarah Jane Adventures missed out again as Tracy Beaker Returns won the the award for best Drama at the British Academy Children's Awards 2010 ceremony at last night.

Dani Harmer and Richard Wisker, who were both nominated in the Performer category were there to help pick up the award.

Other winners included Kindle Entertainment, makers of Dustbin Baby, Jinx and Some Dogs Bite with the Independent Production Company BAFTA, Up won the Feature Film BAFTA beating Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang amongst others.

The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dani's House and Tracy Beaker Returns were all beaten in the Kid's Vote TV award which went to long-running Disney Channel favourite the Wizards of Waverley Place.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

First look at Superhero

Two of Screenterrier's favourite young actors Thomas Sangster (recently seen in BBC3 film Some Dogs Bite) and Aisling Loftus (star of Dive and one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch from 2009) join forces to star in Superhero, a new feature film from Grand Pictures,  which has just wrapped after shooting for 6 weeks in Ireland and Germany.

'Superhero' is based on Anthony McCarten's novel 'Death of a Superhero' and centres around Donald Clarke, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure, however his time is limited and he’s never even had a girlfriend. As a form of escape, Donald retreats from the harsh realities of life to his illustrated comic book adventures. These stories see the indestructible Miraculousman fight a never-ending battle against his arch nemesis, the mad scientist known as The Glove.

After reluctantly seeing several psychologists Donald meets shrink number six, Dr. Adrian King, 'Dr. Death' (played by Andy Serkis) as he calls him. After a shaky start they come to a mutual understanding and unexpectedly end up helping each other. Then Shelly (Aisling Loftus) arrives on the scene; she is the new girl at school, she’s cool, and different from all the other girls. Donald really likes her and life certainly looks brighter with her around…

Thomas Sangster plays the lead role of Donald. The now 20 year old actor bears only a fleeting resemblance to the doe-eyed boy who played Liam Neeson’s son in ‘Love Actually’ and this stark difference is only highlighted by the fact that Thomas has had his hair and eyebrows shaved off to play cancer patient, Donald. On set, wearing a thick woolly hat, Thomas was acutely aware of his new appearance: “I shaved it about three weeks ago and it was really helpful getting into character. I mean shaving the head was one thing but getting rid of the eyebrows is even more shocking when I look in the mirror.” The role of Donald not only called for him to lose vast quantities of hair but also that he adopt a Dublin accent.

Superhero is aiming for a theatrical release at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Night Watch

A BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' best-selling novel, The Night Watch starts filming this week.

The 1x90-minute drama is being made by BBC Drama Production for BBC Two and stars Anna Maxwell Martin , Claire Foy, Jodie Whittaker, and Harry Treadaway

Set against the turbulent backdrop of Forties London, The Night Watch tells the stories of four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social convention have been broken down, Kay (Anna Maxwell Martin), Helen (Claire Foy), Viv (Jodie Whittaker) and Duncan (Harry Treadaway) enjoy a freedom never experienced before as they engage in secret liaisons and passionate trysts.

The drama opens in 1947 as the country is trying to rebuild itself after the war; we find Kay mysteriously roaming the streets, haunted by some traumatic personal loss. Meanwhile, Helen and Viv run a marriage bureau, helping people rebuild their shattered lives by finding love. But their own complicated love lives are less easy to solve. Helen obsessively clings to her tumultuous and volatile relationship with Julia while Viv is continuing an affair with a married man whom she seems unable to break free from. Viv's vulnerable young brother Duncan harbours a terrible secret, when a face from his past re-appears which threatens his fragile existence.

Moving back in time through the Forties into the maelstrom of the Blitz, the lives, loves and losses of these four central characters are unravelled. For them, the post-war victory is bitter sweet, for it returns them to the margins of society from which they hoped they had been liberated. In order to build their future they must each make peace with their past.

"We are very proud to be making this ambitious film for BBC Two, bringing to our audience the untold stories of ordinary people as they struggle to find love and tenderness during the uncertain nights of the London Blitz. Paula's beautiful script has vividly brought to life Sarah Waters' astonishing and revelatory novel. We are delighted with the outstanding cast we've assembled who represent some of the best young talent in the UK today." says Executive Producer Hilary Salmon.

Interview with Misfits star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (represented by Roxanne Vacca Management) who plays Curtis in E4's BAFTA-winning drama Misfits, now back with a second series, talked to Ideas Tap about his big break, how he got into acting and the gruelling Misfits audition process:

If I had to name my big break it would probably be when I was chosen to do Wig Out at the Royal Court. Although I had done three years of theatre beforehand, including the History Boys on the West End, being picked for a lead at the Royal Court was a huge, huge deal for me.

A part came up in E4’s Misfits not long after. I always thought your audition for drama school was meant to be the hardest you would ever do, but Misfits trumped that. I had to get through four auditions and five meetings before I got the part. The fourth audition was the worst. They placed around 20 of us in a house in Fitzrovia and we all had to work in groups so they could see the dynamics between us. We started in the morning and as the day wore on people were plucked out one by one and sent home. It was quite brutal.

Doing Misfits has been priceless in terms of the experience that comes with working month after month in front of a camera. When you’re doing lots of small parts, you always remain quite nervous and you have to try and make your mark in every scene. But now I have got used to the notion of just doing it and that, I hope, means I can just get better and better. I have also started to get recognised in the street, which is quite weird, so I try to keep my life as simple as possible and I never tell anyone where I live.

Although my family would probably say I have wanted to be an actor forever, I do seem to remember wanting to be a lawyer. But that was quite short-lived because I got into the Brit School when I was just 13. It was a great place for gaining confidence, but it was only when I went to the Central School of Speech and Drama that I really learned the tools of acting. They taught us the process of developing characters and the art of transformation. They showed us how to psychologically and emotionally prepare for a part and they really helped with vocals too. In the first year my voice didn’t come anywhere near to filling a theatre. Now it can. I was very self-conscious before I went there; it was something I really needed.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Channel 4 TV drama casting call


Des Hamilton Casting are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4:

At present, we are looking for the following:

Boy -14 yrs old, Black, working class London boy.

Boy - 14 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

Girl - 14-16 yrs old, Black.

We cannot stress enough that;
(just a willingness to try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.)

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

For a chance to be in the series just a send photo of yourself and your phone number to rachael@deshamilton.com.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids and adults who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’ and Jack McElhone in ‘Dear Frankie’. Other recent credits include ‘The Firm’, ‘Bronson’ and ‘Four Lions’ which is currently showing in cinemas throughout the UK.

For further information visit http://www.deshamilton.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Just William update

Screening over Christmas this year will be the new feature-length adaptation by Simon Nye of Richmal Crompton's much-loved mischievous hero Just William. Weaving together a selection of Richmal Crompton's timeless short stories and setting them in the Fifties, Simon has written scripts faithful to her precise portrait of British family life.

The adventures follow William's first encounter with the frilly-yet-formidable Violet Elizabeth Bott; a spot of parrot kidnapping for William's animal lecture; an elaborate plan to dispose of a bad school report; a spot of blackmail; and William's attempt to impress tomboy Dorinda (played by Lottie Bell) with a bit of Shakespeare.

Joining freshly-shorn Outnumbered star Daniel Roche in the title role, are Isabella Blake Thomas as Violet and Robert Foster as Henry. Completing the Outlaws gang are:

13 year old Jordan Grehs from Romford plays Ginger. Jordan appeared in CBBC drama Scoop and feature film Lake Placid 3 as well as playing Gavroche in Les Miserables in the West End in 2006.

Douglas is played by 13 year old Edward Piercy in his first major role. Edward is from Ightham near Sevenoaks in Kent.
He signed up with agent after being spotted by teachers at an Italia Conti drama class held at The Skinners' School in Tonbridge on Saturdays.
He said of the experience: "We filmed for six weeks during the summer holidays and it was brilliant. I was the second oldest and we all got on really well. I stayed at a hotel from Sunday night to Friday and went home for the weekends."

The cast and crew screening is being held in London this week.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Andrea Arnold's Heathcliff revealed

An unknown black actor has landed the role of Heathcliff in Andrea Arnold's big-screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

James Howson is believed to be the first non-white actor to star in the role in any screen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic 1847 novel.

Howson is in his early 20s and from Leeds. By casting him for the pivotal role the production team may have fulfilled Bronte’s wishes – because some academics believe Heathcliff was not meant to be white.
In the novel, the young Heathcliff is found abandoned at the former slave port of Liverpool by the kindly Mr Earnshaw, who adopts him. The boy is described as a ‘dark-skinned gypsy in aspect and a little lascar’ – a 19th Century reference to sailors from India.

Film insiders say the production team felt other adaptations relied too heavily on established actors. In an attempt to return to the novel’s roots – which centre around doomed teenage lovers – they looked to cast unknowns. They even wandered around the streets of Leeds looking for likely ‘Heathcliffs’ and held open auditions for young actors with no previous experience. They also looked for a member of the Romany community but no suitable candidate could be found.

James will play opposite 18 year old Kaya Scodelario,as the beautiful but doomed Cathy.

One source close to the film said: ‘Previous versions have had people in their mid-30s running up and down the moors and that is not what the novel is about at all. This is all about going back to basics.'
Andrea Arnold, the Film4 movie’s Oscar-winning director, has been filming key scenes at Moor Close – a desolate farmhouse in the North Yorkshire Moors which has no electricity or running water.

Cotescue Park in Coverham, also North Yorkshire, is being used as Thrushcross Grange, the home of the wealthy Linton family. Arnold went to great lengths to conceal the identity of her male lead. Howson has no social networking sites and cannot be traced through the internet.

The cast have all been staying at the £85-a-night Kings Head in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Much of the filming, which ended on Tuesday, was shot under conditions of strict secrecy in and around the village of Thwaite.

The party to mark the end of filming was held at The Old Board Inn, a small pub in the village of Hawes, close to the film set.

The following morning Howson, looking somewhat worse for wear, confirmed that he was playing Heathcliff.
He said: ‘The filming went really well. Yeah, I’m from Leeds. I don’t really know if I’m supposed to be doing this. I should really speak to someone first – not my agent – someone else.’ But the Daily Mail revealed the details of his casting today, confirming the name that Screenterrier had already uncovered.

The Dark Half

Filming wrapped earlier this month in Bristol on The Dark Half, a chilling ghost story about love, grief and redemption, which follows the haunting of a teenage girl, for which open casting calls were held back in September.

Rising star Jessica Barden, who earlier this year filmed Hanna alongside Saoirse Ronan, plays 15 year old Marie. Jessica was also one of the scene-stealing school girls in this year's release Tamara Drewe, pictured right at the premiere.
 The film's synopsis:

It's autumn and Marie is fifteen. She lives on the edge of the city with her mum Kathy. Filthy lives next door. He is a single father with a six year old son called Sean. He takes his boy out hunting with him for rabbits on the hill behind their houses. They are very close and spend all their time together. Marie also likes the hill. She goes running on it every day. In a secluded spot near the top she has a secret den. It is her refuge from a world she is finding increasingly difficult to cope with. She appears to be losing her only friend and she doesn’t seem to be able to communicate with her mother.
One night Marie babysits for Filthy. Whilst in her care, Sean mysteriously dies. Nobody knows why and Filthy is devastated. Marie becomes convinced the death has something to do with the hill and becomes aware that she is being haunted by a frightening presence. What is this presence? Is it the spirit of Sean? Or something much more terrifying...

17 year old Welsh actress Georgia Henshaw plays Marie's friend Michelle. As well as being in teen flick Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, Georgia (represented by Mark Jermin) played Lara, JJ's (Ollie Barbieri) girlfriend in Skins.

Filmed at the Bottle Yard, a 300,000 sq ft dedicated production facility in Hengrove, Bristol, the film is the first of  three films to be made under South West Screen’s iFeatures digital filmmaking scheme. Tony Curran stars as Filthy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tracy Beaker's John Bell joins Battleship

Back in 2007, 9 year old  Scottish school boy John Bell (represented by On It Artists) won a Blue Peter competition for the chance to appear in an episode of series 3 of Doctor Who.

Since then, his acting career has gone from strength to strength with  a role in feature film "A Shine of Rainbows", and regular TV roles as Anthony Weaver in Life of Riley, and Toby in Tracy Beaker Returns.

He is now on his way to Baton Rouge in the U.S to film a role in Hollywood feature film "Battleship", a movie adaptation of the classic game, depicting the tale of an international force uniting to fight an alien naval armada. The movie will be directed by Peter Berg, and stars Liam NeesonAlexander Skarsgard from True Blood and Taylor Kitsch, as well as singer Rihanna.

Now aged 12, John began acting when he was just seven and attends the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) theatre classes. He has recently completed filming on the second series of Tracy Beaker Returns in which he plays orphan Toby Coleman.

Waterloo Road Reunited

Following the success of Eastenders web spin-off Eastenders:E20, the BBC today announced a major new online drama commission, Waterloo Road Reunited.

Waterloo Road Reunited is being produced by Shed Media Scotland and will give fans of the BBC One hit series the chance to catch up with the lives and loves of favourite characters from past series including Bolton, Michaela, Jancee, Philip, Aleesha and Paul, as they all make their way in the world away from the classroom with mixed results!

Using a combination of scripted episodes, fictional social media networks, audio and interactive fan sites, Waterloo Road Reunited will allow the audience to extend their relationship with their favourite characters from the screen to online.

Sarah Clay, BBC Drama, Multiplatform Commissioning Executive, said: "Unlike most dramas, Waterloo Road is unique in that every year popular characters have to leave the show because they leave school. This leaves Waterloo Road's massive online fan base with a natural thirst to find out what happened to the likes of Bolton, and Michaela. We wanted to give fans a chance to follow their lives online. The video will focus on events that bring the ex-pupils together, but the story extends beyond video allowing the audience to follow their lives as if they were friends with them on Facebook."

Waterloo Road Reunited is due to launch in Spring 2011. Series six of Waterloo Road, which regularly attracts over than five million viewers a week, returns to BBC One in the New Year.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jack the Giant Killer

Casting is underway for Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, after the film was finally greenlit last month. The film is a darker version of the classic Jack & the Beanstalk fairy tale and starts with a shaky truce between humans and giants being broken. The title character leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in the hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.

A number of young British actors have been tipped for the role of Jack, with Aaron Johnson the hot favourite, closely followed by Alex Pettyfer.
THR is reporting that screen tests are likely to start in London in the next two weeks, with Nicholas Hoult, who was cast as the mutant Beast in “X-Men: First Class,” and relative newcomer, Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard of Spring Awakening fame, also in contention.
Jamie Campbell Bower was apparently also on the list, but insiders say he broke his ankle (during filming of Camelot in Ireland) and now is unlikely to be able to take part in the screen tests.

Model Gemma Ward is also rumoured to have been cast in the role of Princess Elaine in the modern fairytale. She has previously featured in Australian film The Black Balloon and will play a mermaid (Tamara) in the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, due out in the summer next year.

However latest reports appear to suggest this is untrue with fast-rising British actress Juno Temple, one of the actresses testing for the role.

Jack the Giant Killer is due to start shooting in February 2011 in London and Iceland.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two more series of Dani's House to come

CBBC has commissioned two more series of kids’ show Dani’s House for broadcast in 2011/12.
Seasons four (13x30') and five (13x30') are currently in pre-production.

Dani's House charts the angst-ridden teenage years of Dani Harmer (star of Tracy Beaker) using a combination of narrative and sketches. The third season is currently on air on CBBC.

Pictured here is Dani with co-stars Darragh Mortell (who also starred as Crash in Tracy Beaker) and Skins star Klariza Clayton.

Dr Who and Misfits stars join forces in new film

Karen Gillan, Dr Who's flame-haired assistant Amy Pond, and Misfits' Robert Sheehan are to star together in a US remake of the tragic Shakespearian lovers story, called Romeo and Brittney (aka Romeo and Gertrude), written and directed by comedian and writer David Baddiel.

Karen is to play a spiky New Jersey high school teenager who finds herself trapped Alice In Wonderland-style in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Gillan wakes up in mythical 13th century Verona with all the people she knows from her high school life playing characters in the play. And she wants to get out because she knows how the play ends.

Gillian Anderson will play the dual roles of Gillan’s mother and the Nurse.

Robert Sheehan will play the school nerd who becomes her Romeo. "It's a tongue-in-cheek spin on the whole tragic lovers' romance and set in New Jersey. There are no guns or drugs," was Robert's take on the new film last month, when the search was still on to find his 'Juliet'.

The project is being pitched as “Shakespeare In Love meets Clueless.” According to producer Arvind Ethan David: “We both love literate teen comedies and we wanted to do our own version. After all, 10 Things I Hate About You was based on The Taming On the Shrew just as Clueless was based on Jane Austen’s Emma and Easy A is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. And what is Twilight if it’s not Romeo and Juliet with vampires and werewolves?”
The film is due to start shooting in May.

Carey Mulligan to star in The Great Gatsby

Deadline has the scoop, that 25 year old British star Carey Mulligan has been chosen to play Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F.Scott Fitzgerald literary classic The Great Gatsby.

According to the report, Mulligan was on the reception line for The Fashion Council Awards in New York when she got the call on her cell phone from Luhrmann and she burst into tears on the red carpet.

Luhrmann told Deadline "The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging," “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’”
The photograph is of Carey auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan in New York City on November 2nd.

Some of the other actresses apparently considered for the role included Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

Leonardo DiCaprio is still on board to star as Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire expected to take on the role of Nick Carraway.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Harry Potter epilogue reshoot

Daniel Radcliffe has confirmed that the cast are set to return to Harry Potter in order to reshoot scenes from the epilogue.

Radcliffe and his co-stars including Emma Watson and Rupert Grint initially shot the scenes which see the characters 19 years in the future at Kings Cross station earlier in the year.

"We are re-shooting some parts of it," the actor told Hit Fix. "It was an interesting one.

"I think we made it very hard on ourselves because we shot it at King's Cross for real. And this time we'll be shooting it at Leavesden on set. To have to rush that sequence, and it's an important sequence, is not something any of us want to do."

He continued: "It's a train station and people actually needed to use that platform. We made it very hard on ourselves and we really want a slightly slower, more measured pace next time."

Emma Watson also confirmed the reshoots: "We only had two days to shoot it and we needed so much more time than that. We have reshoots at Christmas." "It's not over. It's not over yet," she said.

The scene, which catches up with the trio many years after the events of Deathly Hallows, will most likely be the final scene of the whole franchise so they obviously want to get it right, and they will be able to do that back in a controlled environment.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be released in less than a weeks time, on November 19th, and Part 2 will be released July 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

AmeenDream Entertainment casting call

AmeenDream Entertainment has wrapped production on 'The Pick Up', their first feature film release and Aml Ameen's directorial debut.

THE PICK UP is set in a trendy London nightclub and follows two 20 something socialites Jay (Najan Ward) and Adrian (Aml Ameen) on their quest to win the attention and possible one night-stand bed posts of feisty university club queens Roxanne (Elizabeth Kostantino) and Hannah (Amy Connery). The adventure turns sour when the boys' squeaky- clean mate David (Sam Underwood) sticks his nose in. With fast-paced club action and slick dialogue set to the backdrop of popular House music, THE PICK UP is set to capture the magic of nightlife in London, the greatest city in the world...

View the trailer here:

Following on from the success and talent found through 'THE PICK UP' open castings, they are now looking for a talented Actress for a new film 'DDK'...

'Drink, Drugs and KFC' is a new short written by Aml Ameen. A pilot for a full length feature film, 'Drink, Drugs and KFC' introduces a group of young friends and their adventures on their way to a club on a saturday night. Aml will also be appearing in the movie. As the 3rd venture of AmeenDream entertainment, there is already a bit of a buzz around the project among industry people we have spoken to and believe that based on the success of this short-film pilot, the feature can achieve box office success.

Shooting dates are:-

28th December 2010
29th December 2010
30th December 2010

Due to this being a collaborative film this is an unpaid role however there will be food and refreshments throughout the shoot and this is an excellent opportunity to meet Aml as he embarks on his third film for his new production company AmeenDream Entertainment. Everyone who contributes their time will get a copy of the DVD for their showreel, a personal invitation to the exclusive London Premier where you will get to meet all the cast and producers of the film and after the screening you can join the premier after-party.

Location: London, United Kingdom

Payment details: no pay

Casting details:

Montana is seventeen years old and the most popular girl at school and enjoys the attention she receives. She is extremely pretty, sassy, kind-hearted and sweet, but also a bit of a flirt.

Please do not apply if you cannot play an acting age of 17.

Females, aged 18 to 22 from the United Kingdom
Height: 152 cm / 5ft 0in - 165 cm / 5ft 5in
Ethnicity: Black - Mixed race

Please include your email address AND telephone number in your application.
Please apply to ddkcasting@gmail.com (due to the amount of submissions we receive we have created this new additional email address. We are looking for actresses with professional experience. Please apply with spotlight link or headshot and CV)


Skins star in The Busby Babes

Skins star Jack O’Connell will portray Bobby Charlton in a film about the Munich air disaster that killed several of Manchester United’s young players, known as the Busby Babes.

The film, called United, is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League, the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number and the extraordinary spirit of a city that rebuilt the team in the wake of the disaster. It will also star David Tennant as Manchester United trainer Jimmy Murphy. The tragic events of that day will be seen through the eyes of Charlton (O'Connell), who was on the plane that crashed that February day in 1958.

The drama, written by Chris Chibnall for BBC Television, will show the tragedy of the air crash, but also explore how Busby and Murphy had built their team up with players such as Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, ­Duncan Edwards and Charlton.

O’Connell, who filmed roles in features Eden Lake and Harry Brown after playing Cook in Skins, will soon be seen in the Sky TV drama Runaway, based on Martina Cole’s novel. He also recently starred in acclaimed BBC2 drama Dive.

And Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Any Human Heart) has been cast as star player Duncan Edwards.

Simon Heath, Executive Producer, World Productions, says: "Chris Chibnall has written an authentic and moving version of this heartbreaking story, which with the help of a great cast, we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who survived and those who lost their lives at Munich."

United starts filming later this month in and around the North East of England. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Romola Garai to star in BBC2 period newsroom drama

Romola Garai is to star in a new drama which could be the BBC’s equivalent to US TV hit Mad Men.

New six-part BBC2 series The Hour will bring to life 1950s London and take viewers behind the scenes of a topical news show as TV was finding its feet.

Romola recently starred in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and will soon be seen in BBC2's four part adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White

The Hour, written by Abi Morgan and produced by Kudos Film and Television, is being billed as a sexy, stylistic period show, looking at gender politics but switching the action back a little earlier than Mad Men to 1956, when TV was still largely in its infancy.

Dominic West, the British actor who made his name in cult TV hit The Wire as Baltimore cop McNulty, will star as the news show’s upper crust, charismatic anchor man Hector Madden.

Ben Whishaw will play outspoken journalist Freddie Lyon while Garai will play the show’s boss Bel Rowley.

The trio’s complex relationship forms a love triangle at the heart of the show

The BBC said the “the interplay and intense ambitions between our rising news team play out against the backdrop of a mysterious murder and Freddie’s controversial and dangerous investigation”.

BBC drama commissioner Ben Stephenson said: “The combination of Ben Whishaw as Freddie, Romola Garai as Bel and Dominic West as Hector gives us one of the most exciting casts for a British TV series in years.

“Our trio crackle with sexual frisson and will bring 1950s London to life with style and complexity thanks to Abi Morgan’s breathtaking scripts.”

Also in the cast for the series are Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Anna Chancellor who plays hard-drinking foreign correspondent Lix.

Writer Morgan’s previous acclaimed shows have included White Girl, Sex Traffic and the film adaptation of Brick Lane.

Filming for the series begins today in and around London for the next three months. It is due to be screened next year.

Jane Eyre trailer

Focus Features have released the first official trailer (below) for director Cary Fukunaga's big screen production of Charlotte Bronte's romantic novel Jane Eyre which shot for 9 weeks in Derbyshire earlier this year.

It stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role with Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester.

13 year old Amelia Clarkson is the new face of Jane Eyre as a child in the film. She appeared previously on a couple of episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and she was Dorothy in last year's BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Zoo casting news

According to Deadline, Elle Fanning will join the cast of Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. She will join Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the film based on the Benjamin Mee memoir of the same name about Dartmoor Zoo.

Elle will take the role of Lily, a 13-year old who works at the zoo's restaurant, even though she's too young to work legally. She lives on the property, and her only parental figure seems to be Kelly (Johansson), from whom Lily learns to be at ease with the animals.

The young girl is immediately fascinated by the son of the zoo's new owner (Damon), and she becomes very flirtatious. Colin Ford is attached to play the role of Dylan.

Seven year old Maggie Elizabeth Jones with play the Mee's young daughter Rosie.

Patrick Fugit, who played the young journalist essentially playing Crowe in Almost Famous, is also rumoured to have been cast in the film.

Filming is scheduled to start in Thousand Oaks, California in January.

Suicide Kids casting news

Screenterrier reported on the casting call for the new Suicide Kids movie being produced by Jason Maza.

Casting has now been announced.

N-DUBZ star TULISA CONTOSTAVLOS (represented by Cole Kitchenn) has landed a lead role in the gritty flick about teen suicide.

Suicide Kids follows Archie Eden and a group of seven other depressed London teenagers who create a pact and take their own lives.
But as each person dies, it turns out that a killer is behind the deaths.

Tulisa featured in TV show Dubplate Drama in 2005, playing a cocaine-addicted pop star who was abused by her manager and boyfriend. And earlier this year she confronted her mother's mental health problems in the BBC documentary Tulisa: My Mum And Me.

Suicide Kids will feature a who's who of cult, rising stars including Adulthood's Adam Deacon, Misfits star Robert Sheehan, and Andrew Ellis from This Is England.

Jennie Jacques (Shank, Desperate Romantics, Cherry Tree Lane) will be playing Jasmine, Shanika Warren Markland ( will be playing Ashleigh, Jack Doolan (Cemetery Junction) will be playing James, Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood, Adulthood & Anuvahood) will be playing Cain, alongside Hollyoaks actress Emma Rigby.

The film, which starts shooting on 22 November on location in London, is written and directed by Arjun Rose, and The Wire’s Idris Elba is set to executive produce.

Little Crackers

This Christmas, a season of autobiographical comic shorts, "Little Crackers", brings some of Britain's best-loved comedy stars to Sky 1 HD.

In a collection of comedic short films, a raft of A-list comedy names write, narrate and star in dramatisations of stories from their pasts. The all-star line-up includes Catherine Tate, Dawn French, Kathy Burke, David Baddiel, Meera Syal and Stephen Fry. Victoria Wood, Bill Bailey and Julia Davis will also pen and star in films that they will also direct.

Stephen Fry will play his former headmaster in a tale from his time at boarding school in "Bunce: A Christmas Tale", set in 1969. The young Stephen will be played by Outnumbered star Daniel Roche (also to be seen this Christmas starring in Just William), with his friend Bunce played by newcomer Milo Quinton. Stephen said of Daniel "He really is extraordinary, tremendously poised and able to deliver lines which are not typical for a child."

Catherine Tate's film, set in 1976,  will chart a memory from her primary school when she was denied a part in the Nativity play. But some creative bargaining by her mother (played by Catherine Tate herself) ensures a very unique nativity indeed! The six year old Catherine is played by Madeleine Power.

David Baddiel's Little Cracker is set in 1978 and  is about the time Norris McWhirter came to his school with Alistair MacGowan playing Norris. The young David played by 13 year old Sebastian Applewhite (represented by Jackie Palmer) who plays Max in Dani's House.

Dawn French's film "The Queen Mother's Visit" brings to life a recollection from when she was four and her family were selected to receive a visit from the Queen Mother on the RAF base where they lived. Set in 1961, Dawn will be playing the role of the Queen Mum. The young Dawn French is played by newcomer Brooke Holmes.

Julia Davis's short "First Kiss" is an autobiographical tale of big perms, head braces and first kisses set in the 1980s to an epic soundtrack. Young Julia is played by newcomer Clementine Starling with 20 year old Inbetweeners star Emily Atack (represented by International Artistes) as her best friend Charlie. 

"Better Than Christmas" details how on the last day of school the 15 year old Kathy Burke has a chance meeting with her heroes, The Clash, which changes the course of her life forever, with Sam Palladio playing Joe Strummer. Welsh actress Aimee Ffion-Edwards (Sketch from Skins) plays Mary. And Ami Metcalf (who played Sapphire in Doctors, and winner at this year's Soap Awards) stars as Young Kathy.

Bill Bailey's short "Car Park Babylon" will recreate the time he was trapped in a multi-storey car park on Christmas Eve.

Meera Syal’s Little Cracker is being filmed in 3D to add a dose of “magical realism” to the show.
Set in 1970, seven year old Meera wants to celebrate Christmas but her Hindu parents don't do Christmas. Things change though when her Uncle Satnam, with a big white beard and a taste for sherry and mince pies comes to visit. Young Meera is played by Narisa Padhiar.

A young Chris O'Dowd is very suspicious of Santa Claus, which leads to a slightly embarrassing situation with a department-store Santa in "Capturing Santa" which stars Sharon Horgan as the young Chris's mother, Chris himself as Santa, and 8 year old Irish actor Robert Donnelly, who starred in the title role in Eamon, as the young Chris.

Set in 1960 "Satan's Hoof" is written, directed and stars Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley, Bunny and the Bull). This is the autobiographical tale of Julian’s teenage heavy metal rock dreams (with a cameo from Julian as a rock demon summoned by the power of his music). 19 year old Paul Conway (represented by North West Actors) plays the 16 year old Julian.

Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer plays an unhappy teenage Jo Brand who is bullied at her new school until her unlikely saviour appears in the form of Susan Pigg (played by Jasmyn Banks (represented by Kelly Management)).

Victoria Wood's Little Cracker is the only story not to be autobiographical. It's 1961 and for eight-year-old Eunice, this year it’s just her and her dad, and there’s little festive spirit to be found. But, when she delivers eggs to Mrs Whitefield and is invited into her Christmassy home, Eunice comes to realise that cherished memories are never forgotten... Eunice, who was chosen by Victoria, is played by newcomer Briony Farr.

Little Crackers starts Sunday 19th December at 9pm on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.