Thursday, June 30, 2011

Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2011

Congratulations to some fantastic young British actors announced today as Screen International Star's of Tomorrow, including some Screenterrier favourites:

John Boyega, who starred in Joe Cornish's Attack the Block, and has since signed with agent CAA in LA.

Georgia King, set to star opposite Michelle Ryan and Harry Treadaway in Matthias Hoene’s London-set Cockneys vs Zombies.

Douglas Booth. No surprises here with with Douglas's career on a meteoric rise. He played the young Boy George in Worried About the Boy, stars in forthcoming feature LOL with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore and has recently been announced as Pip in the BBC’s forthcoming Great Expectations. He will also play Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet shooting later this year. 

The 22-year-old actor-writer Joe Cole came up through the National Youth Theatre (NYT) — “I did it for a bit of fun,” says the London native. “School hadn’t worked out for me; I didn’t have great expectations.” Joe was in the Stanley Park pilot which sadly didn't get picked up the UK, and was recently seen in ITV drama Injustice.

Newcomer Elliot Knight also makes the list. There was a UK-wide casting process for the title role in Sinbad, Sky 1 TV’s 2012 drama that seemed to involve every agent in the country. Finally, after a few false starts, came the news: unknown Birmingham-born actor Elliot Knight had landed the role, and he's currently in Malta filming the 13-episode series.

19 year old Toby Regbo, still simmering under the radar at the moment after playing young Nemo in Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr Nobodyat the moment, but set to hit our screens this Christmas starring as Jim Hawkins in Sky1's Treasure Ireland.

Alexandra Roach, who was a regular on Welsh TV soap Pobol Y Cwm from the age of 11 to 18, Alexandra graduated from RADA last year and has since picked up some great roles, including a young Maggie Thatcher, and Trap for Cinderella.

Other actors who've made the list are Game of Thrones and Sirens star Richard Madden, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Daniel Sharman, Joshua Bowman, MyAnna Buring, Phoebe Fox, Robert Emms, Sebastian Armesto, Tom Cullen and Vanessa Kirby.

Previous Screen International Stars of Tomorrow include Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, Gemma Arterton, as well as Sam Claflin, presently appearing in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, Luke Evans, who will this year be seen as one of The Three Musketeers and as Zeus in Immortals, and Gwyneth Keyworth, the break-out young star of the BBC’s Case Histories.

“The UK is an exciting melting pot of new talent, and this year’s Stars of Tomorrow demonstrate the full range of what is out there just waiting to break out. While they may illustrate different aspects of the industry, and may be at different stages of their careers, all our stars have one thing in common: they’re about to make a giant leap, and it all starts here,” said Fionnuala Halligan, Screen’s writer and film critic who compiles the list.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Watch the War Horse trailer



From director Steven Spielberg comes War Horse, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war— a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.


The film introduces three young actors Jeremy Irvine, in his feature film debut, newcomer Celine Buckens, and 16 year old German actor Leonard Carow.  Alongside Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell.

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot.

War Horse will be out in UK cinemas on January 13, 2012.

Skins Series 6 extras open casting



Skins Series 6 is about to start filming in Bristol. If you'd like the chance to be an extra in the series,
Company Pictures are holding an open casting session on:

Thursday 14th July from 11am to 3pm.

The session will take place at The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, Bristol,  BS1 2LE.

You must be 16 or over to take part.
 
If you can’t attend the session, or want any other info, contact Company Pictures at skins6@live.co.uk.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vampire Wedding casting competition

JOIN OUR VAMPIRE CASTING COMPETITION for the launch of Vampire Wedding comic book and film!

Give us your very best vampire ATTIRE/IMPRESSION, 
upload your PHOTO to VAMPIRE WEDDING FB fan page
http://www.facebook.com/vampirewedding or to our VAMPIRE WEDDING iPhone CASTING APP which will be live in the next couple of weeks
or your VIDEO if you prefer to our brand new VAMPIRE WEDDING you tube CHANNELhttp://www.youtube.com/user/vampirewedding

This is your chance to play a VAMPIRE in a REAL A-LIST FILM SET!


Don't forget to send your contact information to info@vampireweddingmovie.com

For FACE-TO-FACE meetings with the VAMPIRE WEDDING CASTING TEAM visit our pop-store at the LONDON COMIC CON & FILM 8-10th of JULY or follow us on twitter for more updates! 

http://twitter.com/#!/vampire_wedding

Monday, June 27, 2011

Feature film open casting call for young actors

****OPEN CASTING CALL****

WE ARE SEARCHING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAR IN A FEATURE FILM

Would you like to ACT?
Have you always wanted to be an actor & would you like to come and find out more?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR LONDON BASED YOUNG PEOPLE FOR A NUMBER OF ROLES:

Boys: 14 – 22 / Black & Middle Eastern
Boys: 14 – 16 / White
Girls: 14 – 22 / Any race
(we will be quite strict on ages!)

Please come and meet the casting team on:

SATURDAY 9th JULY: 10am – 2pm
THE AMERICAN CHURCH IN LONDON
79A TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
LONDON, W1T 4TD
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street or Warren Street
Please do not arrive at the venue before 9.45am or after 2pm

PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE THE PERMISSION OF YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN TO ATTEND


Shaheen Baig has frequently cast young people who have no prior acting experience: Notes on a Scandal, The Others, 28 Weeks Later and Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire.
www.shaheenbaigcasting.com


HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN!



PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE DIRECTLY – THEY CANNOT HELP YOU WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASTING CALL


If you are not able to attend our open casting and are keen to be involved, please email us at: sbfilmcasting@googlemail.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Casting call for young Shirley Bassey

Casting call for Young Shirley Bassey Age 10, must be Welsh.

We are currently casting a drama for the BBC about the young Shirley Bassey for their mixed race season. We’re looking for a young, mixed race actress to play Shirley at  around 10 years old. We need to find someone Welsh, mixed race and fairly slender as she was quite poor growing up. Do you know of anyone who might be suitable?

If so we’re holding a casting next Wednesday 29th June at HTV in Wales.

Please contact me with suggestions to assistant@sarahcrowecasting.co.uk

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Eastenders E20 cast announced

Eastenders spin-off E20 returns on 20 September 2011 with three new troublesome teens - Ava, Donnie and Faith to shake things up in Albert Square for Series 3.

Sophie Colquhoun (represented by Independent Talent) plays Ava, described as a closed book, who can look after herself. People think she's a bit stuck-up, which is odd for a girl who's spent the last while in the care system. She comes across as certain, definite, even hard. But underneath that cool and brittle façade, Ava has a secret past which she is constantly trying to get away from but will it follow her to Albert Square?

Sophie graduated from Guildhall drama school in 2009 and has previously appeared in a number of film and TV productions including Channel 4's The IT Crowd. "Who ever thought working [on E20] could be so much fun!" confesses Sophie. "It has been amazing experience"

25 year old Samuell Benta (represented by I A G) who starred as Jay in BBC Switch's online teen drama The Cut, plays Donnie.
Donnie's had to make it on his own, Mum gone, Dad inside, he's spent most of his childhood in care. Donnie is a boy of few words, but don't get on the wrong side of him, he's got a temper.
All he wants is to get out of the system and look after his little sister, Riley. But when he meets Ava something inside him changes; suddenly Riley isn't the only one he wants to care for.


Newcomer Modupe Adeye plays Faith, Mercy's younger sister. Faith was sent to Nigeria by Grace to sort herself out but now she's back- and badder than ever! She can be incredibly exciting, and has a cheek that charms the hell out of most people.
But she's not as bright as she thinks she is, tending to be reckless and downright dangerous. She sees running into Donnie and Ava as a chance for even more mischief!


The new faces, Ava, Donnie and Faith, are set to take The Square by storm. Ava and Donnie escape onto The Square after their bus crashes outside Walford. The two runaways quickly bump into Faith. Faith has been kicked out of her house by Grandma Grace after Grace returns home to find Faith bedding a Walford boy in her bedroom. This is the last straw for Grace, and Faith is told to go. Ava, Donnie and Faith form an unlikely gang and search for a place to hide. Things turn from bad to worse when the law catches up with the gang.  

Eliza Newman, from Bexley, plays Donnie's younger sister, 14 year old Riley. Riley has lived in care since she was 6. She wants Donnie to take her away from all of this, but knows not to hassle him or get his temper up. Riley knows how the care system works but she hates it. She's moved to a new care home but is getting badly bullied. She turns to Donnie for help but things don't go to plan, leaving them both in a horrifying situation…
Eliza (represented by Kelly Management) caught the acting bug after joining the Liz Burville School of Performing Arts and Sapphire Dance and Drama Academy. She also featured as Chloe in BBC Comedy drama Rev and gave an award-winning performance as a naughty schoolgirl getting up to a series of pranks in last year's Hovis Hearty Oats ad for which she won Best Actress at the  British Arrow Craft Awards.


Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer EastEnders: E20, comments: "The cast of E20 series three are fantastic – vibrant, exciting and talented newcomers, who are set to make the next series of E20 the best yet."

The 15-part series will transmit on the EastEnders website (15x10 minute episodes) and on BBC Three from 20th September 2011.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BBC NI Drama casting call for 18 - 25 year olds

Stirling Film and Television in Belfast are currently looking for exciting new acting talent for their brand new BBC NI university drama, 6 Degrees.

Over 6 X 30 min episodes, the post-watershed show will follow six freshers as they arrive in Belfast, adapt to their new surroundings and crash through their first term at university.

We are looking for young (no older than 25) acting talent with a proven track record from across Ireland.

A recent headshot is required to apply to audition for this groundbreaking and exciting new BBC drama.

We will be holding a casting in Manchester on the 5th & 6th July 2011 for the following roles:

Jess – female – Manchester accent/ Northern England
Eva – female – Scottish accent
Sandie – female – Scottish accent

Please see the full character biogs below for more information.

All applications to : pol@stirlingtelevision.co.uk


CHARACTERS:

JESS GREEN
Straightforward. Ballsy. Everywoman. (Think Ellen Page)
AGE: 18
FROM: ENGLAND
COURSE: MEDICINE

Self assured, honest, loyal, amiable and witty, it’s no wonder people gravitate towards Jess Green. The girl next door with added gumption, she thinks she has her feet firmly on the ground, but is about to be knocked over by the whirlwind of student life.

A decent and straightforward girl, Jess arrives in Belfast having left behind her overprotective family and raw from her split with boyfriend Jack at the airport. Armed with a healthy dose of normality, she’s soon compromised by the diverse mix of characters she meets and the expectations they ultimately defy.

Having failed to make the grades to study Medicine at Oxbridge, Jess finds herself at the root of her parent’s disappointment. Naturally bright, she should have followed in the footsteps of her two high-flying sisters, but perfection eludes Jess quite simply because she isn’t and has no desire to be perfect. Put simply, Jess is likeable a character who makes mistakes and doesn’t always do what’s expected of her.

Stubborn and wilful to the end, she broke free of conformity to carve out her own future. A future that’s seen her through clearing and landed her in the hub of Belfast. Jess’ family assumes she’s made yet another mistake in her wide and varied catalogue off ill choices. They expect she’ll be home after a week, but Jess is out to prove them wrong.
She’s secretly petrified of what the future holds, she’s acutely aware there’s no turning back...

MUSIC: Indie/rock/pop. FILM: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. FASHION: Topshop meets thriftshop. HERO: Alexa Chung.


SANDIE MORROW
Ditzy. Idealistic. Glamour girl. (Think Reese Witherspoon)
AGE: 18
COURSE: ACCOUNTANCY

Sandie Malloy’s the girl who wants it all and a whole lot more. The world’s fallen at her feet and who is she to deny what fate would have? Unfeasibly pretty, stylish but with a sweet curiosity and wide-eyed innocence, Sandie’s ill equipped for the harsh realities of adulthood. It’s only by being plunged into a world beset by extreme personalities that we discover there’s more to her than meets the eye...

From a family of social climbers, Sandie works hard to maintain a meticulous image of perfection, both academically and personally. But her desire to live up to her family and society’s high expectations proves detrimental to her true happiness. She may well be en route to a life of success, but that doesn’t necessarily equate fulfilment. Despite there being many reasons to dismiss Sandie, she has such endearing charm that makes it hard to begrudge this perennially ditzy girl. Her only hubris is her shallowness, with vanity often serving to override her better judgement.

Diligent by nature, Sandie strives for the best in life and why not? She deserves it. But this sense of entitlement can often be misconstrued as downright arrogance and it’s a cause for much consternation, notably from Eva. Despite Eva dissecting her vacuous existence in front of her very eyes, Sandie remains steadfast in her quest for happiness. But rather than believing in true, all-consuming love, Sandie’s the type of girl who seeks to tick boxes in order to climb the social ladder. Therefore, she thinks she’s found her ideal man in Conor.

MUSIC: Rhianna, The Script and anything pop. FILM: Romantic comedies. Pretty Woman. FASHION: Designer preppy. HERO: Audrey Hepburn.

EVA MAGUIRE
Sexy. Rough. Wild. (Think Cher Lloyd)
AGE: 18
COURSE: MEDICINE

Confident, spontaneous, opinionated and hedonistic, Eva’s the platonic ideal of the typical student. Busy running from one adventure to the next, her philosophy in life is simple; live for the moment. Naturally, this tendency to never look before she leaps causes havoc with the lives of her friends. From the people she brings home, to the places she drags her friends to; life with Eva is never dull.

From a working class family, Eva’s secretly plagued by a trauma when she was seventeen. Her younger sister, Maeve, committed suicide. A truth that’s destroyed her family. But Eva’s a survivor. And the one thing she despises is pity. She’s never asked for it and she has never allowed herself to feel sorry for her situation.

Moving out of her home town was a conscious decision. It hadn’t felt like home for some time, not since Maeve died anyway. Feeling suffocated by the weight of the loss, Eva grabbed the opportunity to leave and make a fresh start. For Eva, if Maeve’s death proves one thing, it’s that life is for living. Of course all this running is tiring. Standing still gives you time to think. Which is what Eva wants to avoid.

The truth Eva won’t admit to herself is that anger and heartbreak permeate every fibre of her being, and she can’t comprehend the injustice of Maeve’s death. She hasn’t let the defences down to love anyone as much as she loved her sister. Ultimately, the truth teller will have to learn to face the truth. In the meantime, there are so many experiences out there and she wants to devour each and every one of them.

MUSIC: House, electro, rock, punk. FILM: Trainspotting.
FASHION: Cher Lloyd meets Cheryl Cole. HERO: Jessie J

All applications to : pol@stirlingtelevision.co.uk

Pól Penrose
Casting Director
Stirling Film & TV Productions

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Juliet finds her Romeo

Fast-rising British star Douglas Booth (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Romeo to 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet in the upcoming Carlo Carlie directed adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. 19 year old Douglas beat over 300 other actors to the coveted role.

Ed Westwick, best known for playing bad boy Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl, will play Juliet's cousin Tybalt. Ed recently starred in Chalet Girl and will appear in Clint Eastwood's upcoming J Edgar. And Kodi Smit-McPhee is set to play the lovers' other cousin Benvolio.

Filming for Romeo And Juliet, which was last remade in 1996 by Baz Luhrmann and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers, is scheduled to start later this summer in Verona, Italy. But first Douglas has his role of Pip to film for the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Skins Series 6 extras needed - Bristol

Series 6 of Skins will be filming in Bristol over this Summer.

Skins is a Channel 4 drama centred around the lives of a group of young people at college and we are looking for young people who would be interested in working for us as an extra on a casual basis.

If you are aged 16 and over, from the Bristol area, and are interested in getting involved then please email:
Anneka Coleman  Skins6@live.co.uk  for more information.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New BBC adaptation of The Borrowers

Filming is due to start at the end of June on the BBC's new 90-minute adaptation of The Borrowers, based on Mary Norton's books about tiny people living in secret beneath floorboards. The star-studded production includes Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan and Shaun Dooley, alongside top young talent Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus.

One of Screenterrier's favourite rising stars 20 year old Aisling Loftus (represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant) stars as Arrietty Clock, the rebellious teenage daughter of Pod and Homily Clock (played  by Christopher Eccleston and Sharon Horgan). Aisling is a graduate of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop who started acting at the age of nine and recently starred in Five Daughters and Dive. She will also be seen in the upcoming Death of a Superhero, starring alongside Thomas Sangster.

She teams up with leather-jacketed Borrower Spiller, played by ex- Misfits star Robert Sheehan, after her parents are captured by the evil Professor Mildeye (Stephen Fry).

Arrietty sneaks out one night and befriends James, a lonely boy who lives above her in the house with his father Robert Millman – played by Shaun Dooley.
12 year old Charlie Hiscock (represented by Scream Management), who last year starred as Jed in the CBBC drama Combat Kids, plays James.


This new adaptation has been written by Ben Vanstone, and is to be directed by Tom Harper (Misfits, Scouting Book for Boys, This is England 86).

"I couldn't be more thrilled with Ben's take on this classic Christmas story," said Juliette Howell, head of television at Working Title, which is making the programme. "It feels fresh, original, and above all funny."

Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson said: "A brilliant and bold contemporary version of this classic tale with all the charm of the original but with a thrilling, moving and funny modern sensibility, written and directed by two of our most exciting young talents with an amazing cast - it's the perfect Christmas present."


Shooting will take place in South Africa till August and the film will be shown on BBC1 this Christmas.


Skins returns for a sixth series

Shooting begins in Bristol on July 21st on series 6 of the popular E4 teen drama Skins. The series will see the return of the cast from Series 5 - Dakota Blue Richards, Freya Mavor, Jess Sula, Laya Lewis, Sean Teale, Sebastian De Souza, Will Merrick and Alex Arnold  along with some new characters including a "street-smart, charming and handsome" new male character.

Here's the series synopsis:

The gang returns in style, burning their way through a new term at Roundview as new friendships, secret relationships and sexual awakening complicate their already messy lives. Caught between past and present, the bonds between them are tested as they learn what it really means to be a friend, a lover, an adult.


The new series from Company Pictures will be produced by Toby Welch and Neil Duncan who both have a longstanding relationship with Skins. Welch worked as a runner and as an assistant to Bryan Elsley on series 2, before producing all cross platform content for Skins series 3 and 4 and by series 5 had progressed to the role of Assistant Producer. Duncan script edited Skins series 3 and 4 before taking on the Script executive role for series 5. Co-creator Bryan Elsley returns to executive produce.

The 10 episode series will begin shooting this month to transmit on E4 in January 2012.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Great Expectations finds its Estella

One of Screenterrier's favourite British rising stars, 22 year old Holliday Grainger has been cast in the key role of Estella in Mike Newell's forthcoming film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Estella is the love interest and emotional torturer of the orphan Pip, who, as already announced, is to be played by young War Horse star Jeremy Irvine


Holly (represented by Troika) recently starred as Lucrezia Borgia in Neil Jordan’s TV series The Borgias. She has also had roles in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre and in Bel Ami opposite Robert Pattinson.


Producer Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films commented "She is just an incredibly fine actor and has the beauty that is needed for Estella as well as an extraordinary technical ability."

Helena Barlow (represented by United Agents) who played Rose Weasley in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue, plays the young Estella.

Shooting on Great Expectations is due to begin on October 10 in and around the London area,  ready for a 2012 release to celebrate Dickens’ bicentenary.

A BBC miniseries of the same novel is also planned, with Douglas Booth set for the role of Pip, Izzy Meikle-Small as the younger Estella and Ray Winstone as Magwitch.

First look at Sky1's Sinbad

First look at 20-year-old newcomer Elliot Knight who takes the title role in Sky1 epic fantasy drama Sinbad which is currently filming in Malta.

Huw Kennair-Jones, Sky’s Drama Commissioning Editor, commented: “As our biggest original drama commission to date Sinbad is a hugely exciting project for Sky1 HD, and the casting of the lead role was always going to be crucial. But from the first moment we saw Elliot we knew that we’d found someone really special who sums up everything that our Sinbad should be – contemporary, spirited, full of life, wit and charm - he’s a truly exciting new talent for the channel."

Elliot (represented by Payne Management) was a drama student at Manchester School of Theatre before landing the role.

He will star alongside Naveen Andrews as bad guy Lord Akbari, with guest star appearances from Sophie Okonedo and Timothy Spall.

Lithe and agile jewel-thief Rina is played by another newcomer Marama Corlett (represented by Jonathan Arun). Marama was born and raised on the island of Malta and originally trained as a ballerina before moving to London. She recently played one of the school girls alongside Keira Knightley in The Children's Hour in the West End.

Sinbad's brother Shahid is played by ex-Eastender Devon Anderson (represented by Rossmore Management).



The 13-part series follows Sinbad’s sea-bound journey after he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra, under a curse. On board The Providence an intriguing band of travellers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), Rina (Marama Corlett), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels). Completing the ship’s complement is the Cook (Junix Inocian), an odd-ball and eccentric character and the ship’s cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).

It will screen on Sky1 in 2012.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trap for Cinderella

Filming is shortly to wrap on six weeks of filming on Trap for Cinderella, a contemporary pyschological thriller, directed by Iain Softley (Inkheart). The film has been adapted from the novel by thriller writer Sébastien Japrisot, and has been filming on location in London and the south of France.

Two young rising British actors Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach (soon to be seen as the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady) headline the cast as two childhood friends, Micky and Do, reunited after 10 years.

When a beach house on the French Riviera is gutted by fire, the two young women are trapped inside. One is rich and the other poor. Only one of them survives, injured beyond recognition and in a state of total amnesia. Who is she, the heiress or her penniless friend? A killer, or an intended victim?

24 year old Tuppence Middleton (represented by Conway Van Gelder) is originally from Bristol, and starred in the 2009 horror comedy Tormented. She followed it up with a role in last year’s Chatroom, and with an excellent performance in the British gem Skeletons, but this is easily her highest profile lead to date.

24 year old Alexandra Roach (represented by Troika) is a recent graduate of RADA, moving straight into TV roles in Candy Cabs and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, as well as a notable performance in Being Human. But her major break was being cast as the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Margaret Thatcher in upcoming biopic The Iron Lady.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me

Waterloo Road star Jack McMullen takes the title role of eighteen year old 'Fast' Freddie Copeland in a new ITV festive drama Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me, which is currently filming in London.

20 year old Jack (represented by David Daly Associates) from Liverpool,  plays Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road and also stars in the indie feature Seamonsters, premiering at film festivals this year. He started acting as a child with regular roles in Brookside and Grange Hill.

The 1 x 90 minute drama  is written by Christopher Dunlop (Cape Wrath, No Angels) directed by David Richards (The Runaway). It also stars Laurence Fox and Sarah Smart.

After being found guilty of a drink driving charge, Jonathan Donald (played by Laurence Fox), a wealthy, brash, over-confident luxury car dealer expects to get off lightly but instead receives a community service order in the run up to Christmas, 60 hours with The Moonbeam Club, a support organisation for young adults with social and behavioural difficulties run by recently widowed, Laura Cooper, played by Sarah Smart.

After a disastrous first day, Jonathan is sent packing by Laura, she and the group have no use for him and his prejudice. But Jonathan is forced to return by an even less impressed Judge, who serves him a longer order.

Jonathan’s attitude and commitment begins to change as he gets to know one of the club’s member’s – eighteen year old Freddie Copeland (Jack McMullen). Feisty, an expert with gadgets and a demon on the PlayStation, Jonathan is shocked to learn Freddie suffers from kidney disease and genetic heart condition which means he’ll be lucky to survive the next couple of months.

One of Freddie’s dreams is to have his own idea of a perfect Christmas. But having grown up in various care homes Freddie knows his dream is unlikely to come true, especially since he’s never had the courage to make contact with his real mother.

Against Laura’s careful advice, Jonathan decides to take it upon himself to give Freddie the Christmas he’s always dreamed of. But can he make the impossible possible and make his final Christmas the best Freddie has ever had?

Writer Christopher Dunlop said: "I've always wanted to write about the magic of Christmas colliding with the way we torment ourselves trying to make that one day perfect. Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me creates an idyllic family Christmas from the most unlikely collection of characters who in the process, rediscover faith in life, love and hope for the future."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Comes a Bright Day

Shooting is about to wrap on Brit indie love story/thriller Comes a Bright Day, written and directed by Simon Aboud, which has been filming on location in Mayfair and at Elstree Studios.

Craig Roberts (represented  by Curtis Brown), the young star of Submarine, Becoming Human, and Young Dracula, stars in the lead role of 20 year old Sam Smith.

And Imogen Poots (represented by Independent Talent) plays Mary, "as radiantly beautiful as the jewellery she sells".

Against the backdrop of an armed robbery that goes badly wrong in one of London’s most exclusive jewellers, hostages Sam and Mary, flung together by deadly circumstance, discover their true feelings for each other.

The cast also features Kevin McKidd as Cameron, the psychotic armed robber and Timothy Spall as the cantankerous shop owner Charlie.

For the latest updates visit the Comes a Bright Day website.

Casting for two boys

Casting Director Suzanne Smith is working on a series for ABC called MISSING, filming in Prague with Ashley Judd and Sean Bean. The show is about a mother searching for her missing 18 year old son in Europe.

She is looking for two young boys for the series:

YOUNG MICHAEL (age 6)

MUST HAVE BLUE EYES to match with adult actor MICHAEL and ideally looking for an American or Canadian boy or someone who has done an American accent before.
A bright and cheerful boy who travels the world with his CIA parents, innocent to the dangers they put themselves through each day.

Shooting in Prague:
Episode 5 between July 13th - Aug 13th
Episode 8 between Aug 18th - Sept 6th
Episode 9 between Sept 7th - 3rd Oct

MAKSIM (aged 12)

12 year old Maksim is a Russian boy, obsessed with Western Culture, who speaks English fluently. He has been raised alone by his billionaire crime lord father for the past 3 years, since his mother left and has been twisted by his dad in ways that are unimaginable and only come to light at the end of the episode.
MUST HAVE BLUE EYES TO MATCH WITH ADULT ACTOR
His story as a child is told in flashback to 1999 when Becca (Ashley Judd) and Paul (Sean Bean) married CIA operatives working together on dangerous missions. Maksim's mother has agreed to testify against her violent ex husband if the CIA promise to rescue her son from his clutches and deliver him safely to the U.S.......... This mission goes disastrously wrong

Speaks fluent english with a slight accent with a few Russian words.
All scenes are with Ashley Judd, Sean Bean and Keith Carradine

MAKSIM is in one Episode shooting 14th August to 8th September in Prague

Apply to: admin@suzannesmithcasting.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Inbetweeners movie teaser trailer

Watch the teaser trailer to The Inbetweeners movie, out August 19th!!

Billy Mitchell's grand-daughter joins Eastenders

19-year-old newcomer Danielle Harold (represented by Waring and McKenna), who appeared in Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 reality programme Jamie’s Dream School, is to join Eastenders playing 15 year old Lola, the teenage grand-daughter of Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).

Billy is shocked to discover the son he and Julie Perkins (Cathy Murphy) gave up for adoption has a 15-year-old daughter, Lola Pearce. Lola, who has a sharp, cocky but likeable attitude, moves to Walford after the pair track her down and discover she is in care.

Danielle, who will join the BBC One soap in the summer, is amazed to have landed a role on the iconic show because she has been a fan for a long time. She said: “I am so excited to be joining EastEnders. It feels strange to be walking round Walford with people I have grown up watching, I still have to pinch myself. I have watched the show all my life and I never thought that one day I could be in Albert Square.”

After appearing on Jamie’s Dream School, which saw the celebrity chef aiming to encourage 20 youngsters who have left school without much experience to give education another try, Danielle won a place at the National Youth Theatre. She said: “I went on the show because my life seemed to be going nowhere. I was ill in years 10 and 11 at school and missed a lot of GCSEs and thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to learn. And it was. It was a fantastic experience and it’s changed my life.”

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Teaser Trailer

Watch the first teaser trailer for Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and many more.

In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.

After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal.

But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

The suspenseful and deeply romantic Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.






Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is the fourth instalment in the hugely successful Twilight Saga series, and is due for release in the UK on November 18th 2011.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Children's casting for major feature film

A major feature film is currently looking for a family of children to feature alongside Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson.

The casting directors of director Joe Wright's next film Anna Karenina are looking for brothers and sisters (or cousins) to play the five children of the Oblonskys, who are to be played by Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald. The children range in age from two to eight and the group must include a girl of around eight to play Tanya, the Oblonskys’ eldest daughter.

‘We want to capture that messy charm that comes with big families,’ Dixie Chassay, one of the casting team, explained to the Daily Mail.

‘Dolly (Kelly Macdonald) is always pregnant. It’s always about family, and we want to capture that with brothers and sisters and cousins who play and are noisy and who laugh together.

They are also looking for a boy aged between seven and ten to play Seryozha, the son of Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) and her husband (Jude Law).

Ideally, for all of the children’s roles, the casting people want to meet European (particularly French and Russian) siblings or cousins, although all must be able to speak English, or children from large English families (with RP accents).

The film will also star Aaron Johnson as Anna’s lover Vronsky and is set to shoot in Britain and Russia from September.


Please contact Dixie Chassay’s assistant, Isabella Odoffin, at assistantdixiechassay@gmail.com with any questions or ideas relating to the casting of children.

My Song

Back in October last year, Screenterrier posted the casting call for My Song, a short film from C & B Films, a new production company headed by director William Mager and scriptwriter Charlie Swinbourne, funded by the British Sign Language Trust (BSLBT). The film went into production in November 2010 and was completed in March 2011.

A coming of age story which follows Ellen, a young deaf girl stuck in the middle of the deaf and hearing worlds, the film premiered on Film Four.

My Song stars Lara Steward, (who also appeared in BBC Drama The Silence), as Ellen who feeling as if she doesn't fit in, learns sign language, and attempts to enter the deaf world by taking part in a sign song competition in London. However Ellen finds her journey far more difficult than she first thought.
A thought-provoking film which reveals a hidden truth about the deaf community in Britain today:



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Pip

With two new adaptations of Great Expectations about to go into production, one a feature film version and one a three-part BBC series, there's plenty of casting news coming up.
Both are being made to celebrate Charles Dickens's upcoming bicentenary in 2012.

The BBC TV version, written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Brian Kirk, will hit our screens first, it's due to start filming in July in London for transmission at Christmas 2011. Rising star Douglas Booth (represented by Curtis Brown) is to play Pip, the young man of great expectations who learns he will inherit a fortune from a mystery benefactor when he becomes twenty-one. Douglas starred as Boy George in Mad About They Boy, and was last on our screens as Heinz in Christopher and His Kind. He also spent last year filming LOL, alongside Miley Cyrus. Douglas will be joined in the TV version by Ray Winstone as Magwitch, with Gillian Anderson rumoured to be in talks to play Miss Haversham. 15 year old Izzy Meikle-Small (represented by United Agents) who starred as Young Cathy in Never Let Me Go, will take the role of Young Estella, with the older version still be announced. Harry Lloyd, recently seen in Game of Thrones, and who is a descendant of Charles Dickens, is to play Herbert Pocket.

As previously announced, Jeremy Irvine, hot from his lead role in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, will play Pip in the feature film version, being produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and directed by Mike Newell, with Helena Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham, and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. It's due to start shooting in the autumn and is described as a gothic fairytale adaptation of Dickens’ literary classic, with the screenplay writtten by one of the UK’s foremost screenwriting talents David Nicholls (One Day, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Far from the Madding Crowd, Starter for Ten).