Friday, August 31, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Big Talk Productions conducted open auditions in London in July to find new faces, with over 350 applicants, aged 16 - 19, turning up - from actors, to rappers and aspiring music artists.
The successful candidates will star alongside YouTube heroes Mandem On The Wall aka recent BRIT school graduates 18 year old Joivan Wade, 19 year old Percelle Ascott (both represented by Sainou), and 24 year old comedy actor Dee Kartier.
Percelle will also soon be seen starring in new CBBC drama Wizards Vs Aliens.
It's GCSE results day and friends Yemi and Jay nervously make their way to find out what the future holds. Aspiring producer Yemi aces his results, but there's no celebrating for Jay. Determined to swerve a career fixing boilers with his dad, MC Jay picks up a leaflet for Mic Star, a local music competition that could be his break into the urban music industry. But for these Youngers it's never going to be that easy...
Witty and original, this comedy drama set in South East London follows a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that's more about swagger than straight As.
Written by Levi David Addai (My Murder), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Casualty), the eight episode series also marks the drama directing debut of acclaimed documentary maker director Anthony Philipson.
Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama Sophie Gardiner commented: "Youngers is a very exciting project for E4. Levi David Addai has written something utterly contemporary, witty and warm, which offers an insight into the lives of teenagers who have dreams and talent - a view of a world we don't often see."
Executive producer Luke Alkin added: "British urban music has gone mainstream but artists like Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah were just like Jay and Yemi a few years ago, making music in their bedrooms and showcasing it on the internet. Levi David Addai captures this world in an incredibly fresh, funny and positive way. His characters are inner city teenagers with dreams and ambitions for the future - and this is what makes Youngers feel so original and exciting."
Youngers will be broadcast on E4 in 2013.
Maddy is keeping a secret; a secret so important she can’t even tell her best friends, as it could put her whole family in danger.
Louisa Connolly-Burnham, also a Tring Park graduate plays best friend Shannon. Louisa (represented by Jackie Palmer) is currently filming a new character Willow in the latest series of House of Anubis. Tom is played by Kedar Williams-Stirling, who is currently training at Italia Conti. Kedar made his film debut in Shank.
Maddy is faster and stronger than she appears, she can hear ultrasound, see in the dark and track a scent from a mile away. It does have its benefits, as the school bullies can’t hide their mean tricks from her, but it also has its problems, like when she has to wear wellies to school because her mum ate her plimsolls.
Living the life of an ordinary teenager is difficult anyway, and having to lock your parents in the cellar when they change on the full moon certainly doesn’t help, but she’s managing fine until the mysterious Rhydian turns up.
Bobby Lockwood (represented by Sandra Singer Associates), from Essex plays Rhydian. Bobby played Mick Campbell in Nickelodeon's House of Anubis but is not returning for the latest series.
Rhydian is a foster kid – the dangerous new boy in class who also hides a secret: he too is a wolfblood. Growing up in care means he knows nothing of other wolfbloods or how to deal with the changes he undergoes. He offers Maddy excitement and adventure, using his powers rather than hiding them. Maddy immediately knows he’s a wolfblood, but if he’s not careful, soon will everyone else!
Wolfblood follows the tense relationship of Maddy and Rhydian as they make their way through the trials and tribulations of high school, rivalries, friendship and heartbreak – all the normal pains of growing up, just with added wolf powers and the constant danger of discovery. They have to try and cope with Shannon’s obsessive belief that there is a ‘Beast on the Moors’, all whilst coming to terms with their amazing abilities and struggling to control them.
The 13 x 30 minute series is produced by Foz Allan, created by Debbie Moon, and directed by Will Sinclair and Declan O’Dwyer and was shot entirely on location in Northumberland.
It will be shown on the CBBC channel starting on Monday 10th September at 5:15pm.
Friday, August 17, 2012
25 year old Tuppence (represented by Conway Van Gelder), originally from Bristol, appeared in the films Tormented and Chatroom and can currently be seen playing Tiger in Sky1's Sinbad. She also stars in the upcoming feature Trap for Cinderella alongside Alexandra Roach.
Whilst travelling home alone from the Balkans, to escape from her raucous friends, Iris’s expectations of peace are short lived when she faints on the platform of the railway station in the scorching heat. She wakes in time to be rushed on to the train but with a pounding head and a feeling of being almost in a dream.
Whilst in this malaise she is comforted by a Miss Froy, whose tweed suit and bookish looks belie a jovial and adventurous spirit. Miss Froy talks at length about her desperation to return home to her family; but when Iris falls asleep she awakes to find Miss Froy has vanished and her fellow passengers denying she ever existed….
Tom Hughes co-stars as Max Hare, a handsome English fellow traveller, and the only one who offers Iris support in her conviction that Miss Froy has somehow been abducted. Tom (represented by Gordon & French), originally from Chester, starred as Nick Slade in BBC One's legal drama Silk. He left RADA drama school early to take up a TV role in the 2009 series Trinity on ITV2. He can be seen starring as Dan in the next ifeatures release Eight Minutes Idle.
The rest of the cast includes Selina Cadell as Miss Froy, Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Adapted by Fiona Seres from the novel The Wheel Spins - also filmed by Hitchcock as The Lady Vanishes - it will be directed by Diarmuid Lawrence, and produced by BBC Drama Productions.
The Lady Vanishes is a 1 x 90minute film and will start filming on location in Budapest in August. It is due to be shown on BBC1 this Christmas.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Nathan (now represented by Curtis Brown) is a Central drama school graduate and plays Curtis in E4's BAFTA-winning drama Misfits; he is the sole-surviving original cast member to appear in the up-coming 4th series. He will play Ian in Utopia, one of a group of previously unconnected people who end up in possession of a manuscript of cult graphic novel Utopia which knocks their lives out of kilter by explosive events.
Alexandra Roach (represented by Troika), who plays Becky in Utopia, was one of Screen International Stars of Tomorrow from 2011. She is a graduate of RADA drama school and will shortly be seen starring in the film adaptation of Private Peaceful, out in cinemas this October. She also stars in Hunderby, Julia Davis's new black comedy for Sky Atlantic.
The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. But when Ian, Becky, Grant and Wilson Wilson, a small group of previously unconnected people find themselves in possession of an original manuscript of the fabled book, their lives suddenly and brutally implode.
Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network this terrified group are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run.
But how do you run, when your every move can be tracked? How do you disappear when The Network can shine a light into the darkest of corners? Can you really trust those you've only just met when your life is on the line?
When help appears to come in the form of the mysterious Jessica Hyde, who promises to keep them safe, what choice is there but to believe her? As their world goes dark and all they previously knew is wrenched from them, the four strangers must shed their past and come together in order to survive this violent new future.
Utopia is written by Dennis Kelly, the co-creator of the Olivier-Award-winning Matilda, directed by Marc Munden and produced by Kudos Film and TV for Channel 4.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Monday, August 13, 2012
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The two-part drama centres on a young Notting Hill mechanic Mix Cellini (Treadaway) who is fixated by both a local model Nerissa Nash (Elarica Gallagher) and a long-dead serial killer, John Reginald Christie, the real-life petty criminal who murdered eight women in Notting Hill between 1943 and 1953.
27 year old Luke (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell) already has an impressive CV of film and TV roles. He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award as most promising newcomer for his role as Barry Howe in the 2005 film Brothers of the Head. He made his first television appearance the following year as Adam Solomons in eight episodes of The Innocence Project. Other roles have included Theo in the TV movie Clapham Junction, Eddie in ten episodes of Mist: Sheepdog Tales and Brewis in the 2011 science fiction film Attack the Block.
In Thirteen Steps Down he joins a star-studded cast including Geraldine James, Anna Calder-Marshall and Gemma Jones, the ladies who live in the dilapidated Notting Hill house where he rents the top floor.
Elarica Gallacher (represented by Piers Nimmo Management). Elarica spent her teenage years travelling the world as a model, so the part seemed tailor-made for her. She has acted as well since she was six year old, she played Sophie in Channel 4's Top Boy, and also stars in the up-coming indie horror The Forgotten.
Victoria Bewick, a Manchester School of Theatre graduate plays Danila, Mix's girlfiriend who dates to criticise Nerissa, unleashing his pent-up violence.
Thirteen Steps Down begins on ITV1 on Monday August 13 at 9.00pm
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Two young newcomers, Joseph Galluci playing 11 year old Rocket and Helen Smith playing 14 year old Alli, join Debra Stephenson, Mark Moraghan and Kelle Bryan in the 3-part series being produced by Lime Pictures.
Set in the heart of the Isle of Man and surrounded by the Irish sea, The Knot is a special place, where raw and rugged nature plays host to a stream of kids with complex lives, all fostered by Peter (Anthony Flanagan) and Sarah Boulsworth (Debra Stephenson) and their kids, Rocket and Alli.
Much to the distrust of many of the locals, the Boulsworths are a foster family offering emergency and short-term care, looking after children on a temporary basis until permanent arrangements can be made – and Rocket and his sister Alli have to share their home and their parents with a regular stream of incomers.
But when 14-year-old Casey Parker and his 11-year-old sister Lena arrive at The Knot, Rocket and Alli find themselves at the centre of a dangerous mystery....
Keith Rice (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) from Liverpool.
Sydney Wade (represented by Scala Kids) from Leeds, who played Amy in Marchlands, plays his younger sister Lena.
CBBC executive producer Sue Nott comments: “We know the CBBC audience will love this new drama from Lime Pictures with its rural setting and cast that includes lots of animals - it features horses, cows, a baby calf and a heroic sheepdog.”
The three-part drama is written by Nick Leather, and directed by Dirk Campbell. The series will film on location in the Isle of Man and at Lime Pictures' Liverpool base, and is scheduled for an autumn transmission on CBBC.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The new series will star familiar faces from Series One and as well as some new additions. Newcomer Karene Peter (represented by IAG) makes her screen debut, joining the cast as a new lead regular, Serena.
19 year old Lee Worswick from Bolton joins the cast as Rocky. Lee (represented by Linton Management) has been acting since he was 10 years old.
The returning cast includes Megan Jones as Tia, Karim Zeroual as Sadiq, Wesley Nelson as Jeffrey, Emily Sanderson as Reese, Grace Mandeville as Holly, Jerome Holder as Callum, Abbie Hayes as Frankie, Oli Dillon as Fizzy, Oliver Bell as Liam and Gerran Howell as Ernesto.
Creator and executive producer Alison Hume, (BAFTA winning writer for CBBC’s Summerhill), says; “We’ve cooked up a brand new mystery with lots more adventures to keep our audience on the edge of their seats and their imaginations fizzing. Plus there’s lots of fun too as the children exercise their freedom in a World Without Adults.”
Director and executive producer Jon East, (BAFTA winning director for CBBC’s That Summer Day), says, “It’s great to be revisiting the world of The Sparticle Mystery. Children love the sense of empowerment and genuine responsibility that this fantasy yields and this time around we’ve really upped the ante. The world’s adults are by now long gone and we see how children might reconfigure the world if left in charge...”
The new series of The Sparticle Mystery is expected to air on CBBC in early 2013.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The new film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, directed by Mike Newell, is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was over a year ago that Screenterrier reported on the casting of Holliday Grainger as Estella, the love interest and emotional torturer of the orphan Pip, who is played by young War Horse star Jeremy Irvine.
Holly (represented by Troika) stars as Lucrezia Borgia in Neil Jordan’s TV series The Borgias. She has also had recent 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. The young Pip is played by Jeremy's younger brother Toby Irvine.
The young cast also includes another Harry Potter star Jessie Cave as Biddy, with her younger sister Bebe Cave, as Young Biddy. Her fellow Summerhill cast member Olly Alexander plays Herbert Pocket, with Charlie Callaghan as young Herbert.
They join Ralph Fiennes starring as Magwitch and Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs Havisham.
Here's the official synopsis for the film:
Orphan Pip rises from humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class-ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new status to pursue Estella, a beautiful, heartless heiress he’s always loved. The shocking truth behind his fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.
Great Expectations will premiere this September at TIFF with no official release date as yet announced.
Paige Meade (represented by United Agents) stars as teenager Jade, on the run from a foster home and sharing a squat with her controlling boyfriend Drew but dreams of a better life. She announces that she’s going to school at Waterloo Road and despite his fear the authorities will find out about them, Drew is persuaded to enroll too.
Max Fowler (represented by Eamonn Bedford Agency) plays Drew who despite not being registered at Waterloo Road uses his charisma to win Lorraine over - but it’s not long before Tom sees an angry side to the new boy.
The school, newly opened in Scotland, is buzzing as Jade and Drew arrive, but when the headmaster offers Jade, but not Drew, accommodation in the school house, Drew reacts angrily, forcing his girlfriend to reveal a secret which will have far-reaching consequences for the pair.
The first episode of the new ten-episode series will be shown at 8:00 - 9:00 pm on Thursday 23rd August on BBC One.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Myanna stars in the psychological thriller as straight-laced university student Karen, drawn into the world of a bohemian orphan, Biba (played by Ophelia Lovibond), who lives in a crumbling mansion in Highgate with her brother Rex (Matthew Goode). She soon becomes entangled in the family’s history and the story culminates in a murder, which casts a shadow over Karen’s future.
White Heat. She was also one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2011.
The cast also includes Ralph Brown, and nine year old Lucy Hutchinson (represented by A&J Management) plays Young Biba.
The novel has been adapted Emilia di Girolamo, the lead writer on ITV1 drama Law & Order: UK, and the two-part drama is about to start filming in London.
A year after their little boy goes missing, Eve (Suranne Jones) and Gabe (Tom Ellis) Caleigh take their family to Crickley Hall to try and escape the past. It seems like the perfect destination, until cellar doors open of their own accord, unseen children cry through the night and water seeps through impervious rock. At the centre of it all, a frenzied spectre wields a cane.
Just as the Caleighs are ready to move out, Eve hears her missing son. Time shifts between present day and 1943 as the Caleighs desperately try to find out what connects Crickley Hall to their lost boy. Will they find him before the evil that stalks Crickley Hall finds their other children?
Filmed in Manchester, the drama is due to be shown this Halloween on BBC One.
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