Thursday, February 24, 2011

Saving Amy

One of Britain's hottest young actresses of the moment, 18 year old Jessica Barden, is set to take the title role in new British feature Saving Amy. Jessica, seen last year in Tamara Drewe, appears alongside Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, and also takes the lead role in low-budget feature The Dark Half also due out this year. She was also nominated for the 2011 Critics Circle Young Performer of the Year Award.


Scheduled to shoot this June in Yorkshire, Saving Amy is described as a uniquely imaginative character-driven urban drama set in the UK, and will be directed by Dominic Lees.

When 15 years old Amy is raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she flees into a sinister world of streetwise opportunists and predators. The callous No-Neck and his cross-dressing sidekick Shithead try to force her into prostitution. The deranged Fagin-like Lou wants her as a sex prisoner. Then there is Peter, mum’s paedophile boyfriend, who wishes to silence her for ever. Ken, a young street magician, comes to Amy’s aid. But he will need all his resourcefulness to help her. Charismatic and mysterious, with a touch, perhaps of the supernatural, he becomes Amy’s mentor and guide through the most dangerous day of her life. Dark, but also funny and deeply poignant, this is a story about growing up and hope.

The Hunger Games update

With the web awash with casting speculation, and The Hunger Games film now in full pre-production, Lionsgate is keeping tight-lipped on potential Katniss's, Prims, and Peetas.

With just about all of young Hollywood interested in snagging a part in this film, Twilight casting director Debra Zane will certainly have her work cut out for her. Clearly with the high level of interest, Lionsgate should have no problem attracting as many A-listers as they want. However, both director, Gary Ross, and producer, Nina Jacobson, have said that they’re considering casting unknown actors in the lead roles. Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production, Allie Shearmur, said their biggest challenge will be casting “the people you imagined [as the characters] but not the ones you expected." It'll be interesting to see which way casting goes with red-hot actors like Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld now in the frame.

The casting brief for Katniss says she should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, able to portray someone “underfed but strong,” and “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.”

Shooting is currently scheduled to start in May 2011 and the main location is likely to be North Carolina.
The Hunger Games film synopsis:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Inbetweeners movie casting news

25 year old Laura Haddock (represented by Conway Van Gelder) best known for her role as Samantha in BBC3 sitcom How Not To Live Your Life, will play Will’s potential holiday fling Alison. Laura, originally from Harpenden, trained at Arts Ed.


Nice-but-dim Neil is chasing Lisa, played by comedienne Jessica Knappet (represented by United Agents) who has also appeared in How Not To Live Your Life, and is part of appropriately named sketch act Lady Garden.


Jay will be using his tall tales to try and seduce Jane, played by screen newcomer Lydia Rose Bewley (represented by Curtis Brown), who graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in 2007.


While Simon will be trying to get over his long-term love Carli with pretty Lucy, played by 22 year old newcomer Tamla Kari (also represented by Curtis Brown) who graduates from Drama Centre London this year.

The Inbetweeners on the beach

Another pic from the set of the new Inbetweeners movie, currently shooting. Release date still set for August 19th!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Open call audition for young actress


MAGGIE LUNN CASTING CDG


OPEN CALL AUDITIONS 

SUNDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2011

At RADA
(Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
Address: Malet Street, London WC1E 7JN
Entrance can be found at RADA Theatre’s box office on Malet St
Map on www.rada.ac.uk click ‘contact us’
Tubes- Goodge St 5 min walk - Warren St 10 min

Arrive by 10am 
 
FILM: BROKEN – CHILDREN’S CASTING
Director: Rufus Norris
Producers: Dixie Linder – Cuba Pictures
In association with BBC Film

Who we are looking for:
SKUNK CUNNINGHAM- LEADING ROLE
FEMALE – WHITE or MIXED RACE, aged between 11 - 14 years to play 11.
A bright kid, she is kind, innocent, watchful & curious.

Skunk has a loving dad, an absent mother and a brother (13) they live on a quiet suburban street in London. But they have the neighbours from hell - The Oswalds. A small act of cruelty by one of the Oswald girls leads to increasingly troubled events.
Leading role in the film; we need a really great girl, confident in her acting.

Planning to shoot this autumn in the UK.

Broken is adapted by Mark O’Rowe from the novel written by Daniel Clay.

For more information contact:

CAMILLA EVANS CDG
THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Maggie Lunn is a Casting Director. She has often cast children in TV and films who have no previous experience in acting: Notes on a Scandal, Oliver Twist (BBC), and Cranford (BBC).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Audition for lead role in dance film

MJP Entertainment are currently looking for the lead male role in their forthcoming dance film “Believe”, which begins filming at the beginning of March. 

This is an independent film produced by MJP Entertainment, is paid work and performers are each assigned a percentage of the box office profit.

The audition will take place at Pineapple Dance Studios this coming Sunday 20th February from 12-2pm. Individual auditions are expected to last approx 5 minutes, but please note you may be required to stay until 2pm.

Josh is the lead role in this film. He is a strong character, strong willed and an exceptional street and hip hop dancer. 

We are looking for somebody who has the following:
- Playing age of roughly 18-24
- Able to demonstrate strong hip hop and street dancing skills
- Preferable height of 5’10+ and athletic build
- Can be of any race
- Strong acting skills and able to cold read from a script (supplied by us)

You will be required to perform these skills in the form of a short scripted piece, which will be handed to you on the day, and you will be required to perform a 1 minute freestyle dance piece (which needs to be at least one of the following) hip hop/street/breakdance

If you are successful in the role, you will be required to attend dates between March-June. Please bring along a list of dates you are unavailable, if you are shortlisted to audition.

PLACES ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE CHECK BEFORE COMING ALONG TO SAVE ANY DISAPPOINTMENT.


Contact michaelpaintain@hotmail.com Please also forward on headshots and performing CV also.

Please note due to the high number of applicants already, I am unable to answer emails. I will only contact you if you have been selected to audition. If you haven’t heard from me by Friday 18th February, then unfortunately you will not be asked to audition.

I look forward to hearing from you

Michael Paintain (Producer)

(link to event page)
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=194027570624617

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Horrid Henry - The Movie 3D trailer!!

Check out the trailer to Horrid Henry - The Movie 3D starring Theo Stevenson in the title role and host of British stars....



In cinemas summer 2011.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beaver Falls

Filming is currently underway in South Africa on a new E4 comedy drama series from Company Pictures (the makers of Skins) called Beaver Falls, which follows three British university graduates who have landed jobs at an elite American summer camp.

The 6 x 60 minute series, created by newcomer Iain Hollands, and directed by Jack Clough (Skins) and Daniel O'Hara (Skins, Being Human), stars a hot young cast of emerging acting talent.


25 year old Scottish actor Samuel Robertson plays Flynn. Dundee-born Sam (represented by Curtis Brown) played Adam Baldwin in Coronation Street, and then went on to play cool art history student Innes Maitland in River City.



26 year old Arsher Ali (represented by United Agents), who recently starred in Four Lions plays Ali. Arsher graduated from E15 drama school in 2006 and was named as one of Screen International's U.K "Stars Of Tomorrow" in 2007.


John Dagleish (also Curtis Brown), who plays Barry, is best known for being Alf Arless in Larkrise to Candleford, a role he landed straight after graduating from the Drama Centre in 2007.


Here's the synopsis for Beaver Falls:

Best friends Flynn (Robertson), A-Rab (Ali) and Barry (Dagleish) are three ordinary British lads who met at Uni. Now freshly graduated, they’re determined to have one last carefree summer of fun before facing the cold, hard realities of real life, and they’re going to do it in style. Somehow, they’ve managed to blag themselves jobs at Beaver Falls, an elite American summer camp for the ridiculously tanned and beautiful teenage offspring of California’s rich and powerful.

This is a summer job that requires them to be responsible. To set an example. To be role models to their young charges…yeah, whatever! There’s no way they’re going to let the job spec get in the way of their single-minded pursuit of The Ultimate Summer. Two months of hanging out, chasing girls and getting into mischief beckon for these boys, who are all set for time of their lives. But things have a habit of not quite working out the way they expect: no one mentioned that the kids they’d be looking after would be that annoying…


The series is due to transmit on E4 in summer 2011.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The younger Iron Lady

If you caught this week's episode of Being Human, you will have seen fast-rising young Welsh actress Alexandra Roach, playing slowly rotting zombie, Sasha.

Since graduating from RADA last year, Alexandra was snapped up by top agency Troika. With roles already filmed in new BBC comedy series Candy Cabs and ITV's adaptation of best-selling non-fiction crime tome The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, she is currently filming The Iron Lady in which she plays the young Margaret Thatcher to Meryl Streep's older version. The two actresses have apparently been together to catch Thatcher's voice patterns, to make sure their performances are in sync.

Playing opposite her, in the role of the young Dennis (with the older version played by Jim Broadbent) is another up and coming young British actor, 27 year old Harry Lloyd (represented by Curtis Brown). Oxford graduate Harry featured in Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2010. Best known for his role as Will Scarlett in Robin Hood, he will soon be hitting our screens in the much anticipated fantasy series Game of Thrones in which he playsViserys.

Also look out for Eliot Otis Brown Walters (now represented by Bloomfields Management) who won a BAFTA for his performance in CBBC drama Summerhill.

Skins star cast as Jack The Giant Killer

According to Deadline, 21 year old Nicholas Hoult has been offered the lead role and is negotiating to star in Jack the Giant Killer, the Bryan Singer-directed feature. Hoult is expected to close quickly, after emerging as the lead following a long testing process. Casting began back in November, with a number of British actors tipped for the role including Aaron Johnson and Alex Pettyfer.

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.

After starring as a child alongside Hugh Grant in About a Boy, Nick, from Wokingham, got the lead role in the original UK series of Skins, and has since also starred in A Single Man. He plays The Beast in the up-coming X-Men:First-Class which was produced by Bryan Singer.

Hoult will also travel to Australia to film Fury Road, the George Miller-directed prequel to the Mad Max films, now scheduled to shoot next year.

Sally Potter film casting

Sally Potter, the award-winning writer/director of ORLANDO, THE TANGO LESSON, THE MAN WHO CRIED, YES and RAGE is currently casting her new feature.

The film is set in London in 1961 at the time of the "Ban the Bomb" movement. Ginger and Rosa are nearly 16 and lifelong best friends who do everything together. Ginger is the "brainy" one who wants to get involved in the antinuclear protests while Rosa is more interested in boys.

Stars of Sally's previous films include Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Lily Cole, Judi Dench and Tilda Swinton.

She is looking for two teenage girls, aged 14 to 18 from the UK or Ireland, for the leading roles.

If you want to be considered in the casting process visit

http://www.sallypotter.com/casting 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: because of the enormous level of interest the deadline for submissions has been extended by one week to midnight on Sunday 27 February.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Emma Watson joins Perks

Screen Daily reports that Emma Watson has signed on to play opposite Logan Lerman in the big screen adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Author Stephen Chbosky will be adapting the 1999 coming-of-age novel for the screen, as well as making his directorial debut on the film.

Logan will play the main character, 15 year old Charlie, an outsider who struggles to to cope with mental illness, first love and the suicide of his best friend, as well as trying to find out where he belongs. Emma will play Sam, his first love interest.

Summit’s President of Production, Erik Feig, stated, “Every so often you read a book that reminds you what life was really like at a particular age in all its wonderful and terrible details or if you’re lucky enough to read it at the right time in your life, it can change the course you’re on and make you think things are actually going to be ok. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is that book and we are thrilled for the opportunity to turn it into that kind of movie as well. We know we are off to the right start with Stephen directing, with Emma and Logan starring, and with our talented producer team.”

After completing Harry Potter last year, Emma filmed a role in My Week With Marilyn which is due for release this year.

Logan Lerman will next be seen in Summit’s The Three Musketeers and most recently starred in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief .

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is due to start shooting in the summer.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dakota Fanning as Princess Margaret?

Variety is today reporting that 16 year old Dakota Fanning has signed up to star as Princess Margaret, in Michael Hoffman’s Girls' Night Out.

The story, based on true events, will see Fanning “play a teenage Princess Margaret on V.E. Day in 1945. When she and her sister Elizabeth are allowed out from Buckingham Palace for one night to join in the celebrations, the night encompasses thrills, romance and danger.” The film is being produced by Ecosse films and the script, inspired by true events, was penned by Trevor de Silva.

It seems a shame to cast an American actress, however talented, in such a quintessentially English role, when there are so many talented young British actresses out there. Let's hope Dakota can polish up her RP accent.
Casting for Princess Elizabeth will be announced soon. We can only hope they cast a British actress in that role!

Girls' Night Out is due to start shooting at the end of the year.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wild Bill

Filming has wrapped on British actor Dexter Fletcher's directorial debut Wild Bill which stars one of Screenterrier's favourite rising stars, the now 18 year Will Poulter, star of the latest Narnia film, as well as Son of Rambow and E4's School of Comedy.

Will plays Dean, a 15 year old boy who is caring for his younger brother Jimmy, after being abandoned by their mother while their father Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) is in prison.

Sammy Williams plays 11 year old Jimmy. Sammy played Young Freddie in Sky's successful mini-series The Take and also appeared in Day of the Triffids and Harley Street. He will also been seen in up-coming Joe Cornish's debut feature Attack the Block.

Official synopsis:
Out on parole after eight years Bill Hayward returns home to find his 11 & 15 year old sons  abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on.
Although Dean has found a job and is doing his best to be a father to his younger brother, Jimmy, the arrival of Bill has brought them to the attention of Social Services.
With the danger of being put into care looming, Dean blackmails his feckless father into staying by threatening to grass him up for possession. If there's one thing Bill fears most it's going back to prison, so he reluctantly agrees to stay for a week to help fool Social Services that the boys are being cared for.
Having never really grown up himself, Bill quickly connects with Jimmy and through this new bond starts to realise what he's missed out on. He has a family, a place in the world. He is somebody's dad.
However, their "happy family" set up is short-lived as Jimmy gets himself into trouble with some of Bill's former cohorts. To sort it out would break to the terms of Bill's licence and risk sending him back to prison"
Bill must decide what sort of dad he wants to be. A good one or a free one.

The film, scripted by Danny King, also stars young British actors Iwan Rheon and Jaime Winstone.

Dexter was himself a successful child actor, appearing in numerous TV shows and films including Press Gang and Bugsy Malone, and more recently has been seen in Hotel Babylon and Misfits.

Watch the Submarine trailer

Watch the trailer to the highly anticipated Richard Ayoade directorial debut Submarine, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring teen actors Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Promise


Claire Foy stars as 18 year old Erin Matthews in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial The Promise, a powerful tale of love, war and betrayal, telling the stories of Erin and Len - two young people caught up in the same struggle more than 60 years apart.

Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.
Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life - for both Jews and Arabs - in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s.
Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand and fulfil a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.


Claire Foy was born in Stockport in 1984 and grew up in both Manchester and Leeds before moving with her family to Buckinghamshire. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University, and in the summer of 2007 graduated from the Oxford School of Drama.
Recently, Claire won acclaim for playing the title role in the award-winning BBC adaptation Little Dorrit. Claire's performance earned her a nomination in the best actress category at the 2009 RTS Television Awards.
Her other television credits include the BBC series Being Human, Going Postal on Sky 1, and the BBC's 2010 remake of Upstairs, Downstairs in which Claire played Lady Persephone.
Claire made her film debut as the female lead alongside Nicolas Cage in Season of the Witch - a fantasy/thriller about 14th-century knights who transport a suspected witch to a monastery.

Her role as Erin has made a big impact on Claire:

"I remember the very first audition very clearly. I got sent 25 scenes, and was asked to prepare all of them, which is what Peter does, God love him. It was so much work.
I remember reading a scene, and I had no idea what it was about. But then when I got the finished script, I couldn't stop reading it. It was just the most amazing story."


23 year old Yorkshire-born Christian Cooke (represented by United Agents) plays Sergeant Len Matthews. Christian started acting when he was 10, appearing in commercials before landing the role of Luke Kirkwall in the ITV1 series Where the Heart Is.
Since then, Christian has also appeared in Dr Who for the BBC and has played leading roles in ITV series Demons, and Trinity.
Prior to filming The Promise in 2010, Christian starred in the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant film, Cemetery Junction. He has recently finished filming a new feature, Break The Fall.




Perdita Weeks plays Eliza Meyer, Erin's best friend. Perdita was born in South Glamorgan in Wales and raised in Sussex among an acting family. Along with her sisters Honeysuckle Weeks and Rollo Weeks she appeared in numerous productions as a child including Goggle Eyes and Stig of the Dump.

The Promise starts on Sunday 6th  February at 9PM on Channel 4.

Friday, February 4, 2011

First look at Neverland

Screenterrier reported back in August on the casting of rising star Charlie Rowe in the lead role of Peter Pan, and the Lost Boys in the Sky Movies TV mini-series Neverland.

Here's a first look at the film with Peter (Charlie Rowe), Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys - James Ainsworth, Thomas Patten, Brandon Robinson, and Patrick Gibson.

The two part movie features a bold new take on the original mythology behind JM Barrie's infamous tale, and it's clear that while Peter, Tinkerbell and Hook (Rhys Ifans) will be involved, it's not going to be like anything you've ever seen before.

The Inbetweeners movie starts shooting

After a very short shoot in Malia at the end of August, which consisted of just a shot of the stars walking down the main street, principal photography now begins on the The Inbetweeners film in the UK on the 6th February for six weeks. Filming will also take place in Spain.

Series regulars Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas will of course all return, as will Emily Head as Carli, Belinda Stewart-Wilson as Will’s Mum and Greg Davies as Mr Gilbert.

This seems likely to be the final outing for the Inbetweeners, with the cast considered too old for another series.

The Inbetweeners Movie is slated for an August 19th release.