Friday, November 30, 2012

Workshop auditions for 10 - 18 year olds

Starlight Theatre School will be holding free workshop-based auditions for 10-18 year-olds on Sunday 16th December in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, for specialist training in acting, singing and dancing, in preparation for their next full-scale musical and for possible agency representation for professional film, TV, theatre and commercial work through their associates- Daisy & Dukes Ltd. Up to three scholarships for free training are also available to worthy students who demonstrate their potential to fully benefit from their training with us.

Starlight Theatre School has evolved over the years to provide revolutionary training in performing arts.
It’s a place where skills are developed for the art rather than the ego, moving far beyond the superficial persona of a stereotypical stage school to take the industry- standard to the next level – nurturing, inspiring and developing students to become multifaceted actors, singers and dancers who exude inner-confidence, focus, integrity and technical excellence whilst empowering them to become free-thinking individuals who question the status-quo to reach new depths in the exploration and the discovery of self.
It’s a place where performing is about giving rather than taking and where students are treated with mutual respect, compassion and understanding whilst maintaining a clear sense of focus, purpose and self-discipline within a professional environment.

For further information or to reserve a place, please visit their website - www.starlightuk.com or contact them on 0845 0940 654

Thursday, November 29, 2012

First look at Kaya Scodelario in Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes

Back in December last year, Screenterrier announced Skins star Kaya Scodelario was off to the States to film independent feature film Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes.


The film is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and the first images of Kaya in the film have now been released.

Kaya plays the eponymous Emanuel, a troubled girl who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbour, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.

The film also stars another rising young British, Aneurin Barnard (about to be seen as the lead in Mariah Mundi), alongside Alfred Molina , Frances O’Connor, and Jessica Biel.

Kaya has recently been filming on new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe as well as the final Skins reboot Skins:Fire.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

First look at The Poison Tree


 

Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Downton Abbey, White Heat), Matthew Goode (Stoker, Birdsong, A Single Man) and Ophelia Lovibond (8 Minutes Idle, No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) star in The Poison Tree, a new psychological and atmospheric thriller produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1, which will premiere on ITV1 on Monday December 10th at 9pm.


Based on the dark and captivating novel by Erin Kelly, The Poison Tree is a drama of human desires, betrayal and deception. The 2 x 60 minute episodes have been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders,Law & Order UK) and directed by Marek Losey.
 
Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring) has spent twelve years waiting for her partner Rex (Matthew Goode) to be released from prison. Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down to normal family life in their remote seaside cottage with their 11 year old daughter Alice, played by newcomer Hebe Johnson.

But then Karen starts to receive silent phone calls and anonymous text messages and she can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are constantly being watched. It seems that despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone somewhere knows the truth about what she and Rex did.
 
Flash backs to the long, hot summer of 1999, when Karen was a student and first met Rex and his impossibly glamorous sister Biba (Ophelia Lovibond), gradually reveal Karen, Rex and Biba’s shared history in the crumbling Highgate mansion that they share – their intense, almost incestuous relationships, and the hedonistic party lifestyle that culminates in the tragic events that leave two people dead.
 
As the threat to Karen draws ever nearer, gradually the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and the truth of what happened that fateful day emerges. But it seems that Karen is concealing deeper, darker secrets than even Rex realises. If he wasn’t guilty of murder, then who was? And how far will Karen go to protect the family that she has sacrificed so much for?


The cast also includes nine year old Lucy Hutchinson (represented by A&J Management) who plays Young Biba.
 
The 1st episode of the 2-part drama is at 9pm on Monday 10th December on ITV1.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

School for Santas

Gavin & Stacey creator and star, James Corden is set to play the lead in School for Santas, a seasonal family film being developed for him by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title Films, and producer Kris Thykier.

The film will be written by Richard Bean, the playwright behind Broadway and West End hit One Man,Two Guvnors which enjoyed a sellout run with Corden in the lead role.

School for Santas follows a down-on-his luck dad, played by Corden, who must embrace the Christmas spirit and discover his inner-Santa in order to win back his kids.

Corden said: “All my life I’ve wanted to make a big family Christmas movie. To be making one with a company like Working Title Films is a dream come true. Re-teaming with Richard Bean and Kris Thykier is like all my Christmas’s have come at once. I can’t wait to start.”

Corden has recently finished filming One Chance, a new Brit-com based on Paul Potts, about an aspiring singer who becomes a reality TV phenomenon, and he’ll soon be appearing alongside Keira Knightley in the forthcoming film Can a Song Save Your Life?

School for Santas is set to start shooting in New York and London in 2013.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First look at Doctor Who Christmas special 2012



This year’s movie-scale Doctor Who Christmas special will be called The Snowmen, and the episode will introduce the new companion, a new look for the Doctor and a new monster that will have families shivering behind their sofas.

Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman, who was announced as the new companion back in March, as Clara, The Snowmen will follow their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant) and his army of icy snowmen.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: “The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favourite things - but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman...”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in December for the Christmas special, with a further eight epic episodes in spring next year.

Katie Morag comes to CBeebies

The adventures of Katie Morag McColl are to be made into a series of 26 x14 minute live action dramas for CBeebies

Katie Morag, which will be produced by the Scottish indie Move On Up, is based on the hugely popular series of books created by author and illustrator Mairi Hedderwick.

Katie Morag is a small red-headed girl who lives with her family on the magical Scottish Island of Struay. Although she lives in a unique setting, her stories portray some of the enduring themes of childhood.

Stories of jealousy, bravery and rivalry, peopled by an annoying little brother, busy shopkeeper parents, a perfectly perfect best friend and a couple of grandmothers who between them know everything about everything. Katie Morag is a feisty character who has been known to get herself into scrapes but who generally emerges from them (usually with some assistance from one or other of her Grandmothers) in a funny and endearing way.

Mairi Hedderwick said: “It is high time that that I let go of Katie Morag. I will be intrigued to watch her transformation into the medium of live action television because Katie Morag is a very real child in a very real environment; the mailbags of teachers' and children's letters from all over reassure me on this.”

Katie Morag will be shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the stories told from a child’s perspective. Against a backdrop of the remote and beautiful Hebridean Islands, the stories will celebrate the intrinsic sense of community, the preciousness of the environment and the universal tensions and joys of family life.

The 26-episode live-action series is due to be filmed in Lewis next year.

RKA Youth Talent agency books open


Monday, November 19, 2012

Young British Stars of Kick Ass 2

Filming in London is just coming to an end on Kick-Ass 2, the much anticipated sequel to 2010 cult favourite Kick-Ass.

Chloe Moretz, now aged 15, returns as Hit Girl, alongside fellow returnees Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as villain Red Mist, and they are joined by some young British stars.

Daniel Kaluuya (represented by Troika), plays Black Death, part of the gang of villains led by 'The Mother F*cker' (formerly Red Mist). Daniel starred in BBC Three's The Fades, and will also be seen in up-coming crime thriller Welcome To The Punch.

Augustus Prew (represented by The Rights House) plays Todd, replacing Evan Peters in the role of Dave Lizewski's (Aaron Johnson) best friend. Augustus stars as Alfonso in The Borgias and will next be seen alongside fellow young Brit Lucy Boynton in Copperhead.

Newcomer Tanya Fear (represented by Identity Agency Group), in her first feature film role, plays Harlow, one of the mean girls.

16 year old Ella Purnell (represented by The Rights House) plays fellow mean girl, Dolce. After playing a young Keira Knightley in Never Let Me Go, Ella has since starred in features Intruders, and Ways To Live Forever, and was most recently out in Alaska filming indie feature Wildlike

Along with Brooke (played by 16 year old American actress Claudia Lee), Harlow and Dolce are the mean girls, perfectly manicured, well-dressed and real girlie-girls with acerbic tongues.

Here's the official synopsis:

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.  

Directed by Jeff Wardlow for Universal Pictures, Kick-Ass 2 is due for release in mid- 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Casting call for Manchester-based short film

CASTING CALL 

BROTHERHOOD is the story of HARRY WATSON (17) a teenager with a serious attitude problem. His home life is as frayed as his mothers nerves, from the constant fighting between him and his older brother JOSH (19) who has Downs Syndrome. Harry has always resented his older brother for not acting like an older brother should and for all the attention his mother lavishes upon him. Caught between her two sons when they are at loggerheads, it is a source of great upset for mum. 

Their already difficult relationship is tested when, in order to get what he wants Harry must bring Josh onside and repair their relationship, at least on the surface. In a drunken adolescent misadventure when Harry needs help most, it falls to Josh to save his brother's neck. Can they repair their relationship or has it gone too far?


GAVIN (17) (M) Gavin is the best friend of lead character Harry (played by Bobby Lockwood). He is Harry's conscience, the moral compass of the film, calm, collected and sensitive to the way Josh is treated. A great part for an actor who can give a subtle and natural performance. 

Please contact Adam Cohen on
to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with suggestions. 


Date: Auditions are 26th November. Filming dates are 14th-16th December.

Location: Z Film Studios, Studio House, Battersea Road, Greater Manchester, SK4 3EA

Company: Monty Films

Director: Stuart Fryer

Producer: Sean Langton & Charlotte Woodhead

Payment: Travel Expenses





Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kitten Chic

Sky Living has announced a new series of exclusive one-off comedies called Love Matters which includes a 30-minute comedy written by BAFTA award-winning Daran Little.

Filmed in Blackpool, and directed by Andy De Emmony, Kitten Chic tells the tale of a plump, vivacious 17-year-old who will do anything to bag the man of her dreams, even if he's just not into girls.

21 year old Poppy Rush (represented by Independent Talent) from Manchester, stars as Kitten, opposite ex- Coronation Street and Waterloo Road star Lucien Laviscount (represented by Waring and McKenna) as Jake. They star alongside Lynda Baron and Tanya Franks.

Sky's Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, says: "This season of one-off films about love have allowed us to deliver a wide range of original comic voices and fresh tones to Sky Living."

Love Matters comes to Sky Living HD in 2013.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Holly Cunningham in Hollyoaks

18 year old newcomer Wallis Day (represented by Mark Jermin Management) can now be seen in Channel 4's long running soap Hollyoaks.

Wallis, from Cheltenham, plays the new Holly Cunningham, daughter of Cindy Longford, and is set to cause a stir in Chester when she returns back home after two years away.

Speaking of her new role, Wallis, who has previously worked as a model and appeared in a range of commercials, commented: "I am thrilled to have been cast as Holly Cunningham as I've been a fan of Hollyoaks for many years. The whole team have been so welcoming and really friendly - it's like being part of a large family and they've taught me so much already.

"Holly is a really exciting character with plenty of surprises up her sleeve, so you'd better watch to see what happens. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I'm enjoying every minute!"

Mark Jermin Management said "We are delighted that Wallis has secured a regular role in this well known soap, and are confident she will be popular with audiences."

Casting young girl for feature film

Casting director Briony Barnett is looking for a four or five year old girl to play a part in a feature film which will shoot next year, probably spring or summer school holidays. 

She needs to be confident, bright, happy to listen and take direction. Girls submitted should live within or very near the Greater London area.

If any parent would like to suggest their daughter, please email a photo and date of birth to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

First look at the young cast of The Crash



Back at the beginning of October, Screenterrier reported on the casting of One Day Like This, now called The Crash, a 2-part drama for BBC Three dramatising the events surrounding a fatal car crash, which devastated a small community.
Here's a first look at the young cast which includes Coronation Street‘s Sacha Parkinson, Waterloo Road‘s Georgia Henshaw and Darcy Isa, Dani’s House‘s Lewis Rainer, Screenterrier rising star Josh Bolt, SkinsLily Loveless and ITV Television Workshop's James Burrows.

Darlow Smithson Productions is producing the two-hour drama with Sarah Walker (The Cut and Hollyoaks) directing.  

One Day Like This is expected to premiere on BBC3 in early 2013. 

New E4 sitcom Drifters announced

Lydia Rose Bewley and Jessica Knappett
The team behind The Inbetweeners is launching a new E4 sitcom this time about three twenty-something young women.

The show, called Drifters, features three of the stars of the spin-off film - Lydia Rose Bewley (represented  by Curtis Brown) and Jessica Knappett, who played clubbers Jane and Lisa, and Lauren O'Rourke, who played Neil's girlfriend.

The three will play three twenty-something young women Meg (Jessica Knappett), Bunny (Lydia Rose Bewley) and Laura (Lauren O'Rourke), experiencing their first slice of the real world post-University - making terrible decisions, but having a brilliant time doing it.

For the ‘Drifter' girls it's time to start asking some serious questions: What do they do now? Who are they going to be? And is it ok to shag someone with a sweat problem if you haven't had sex in twelve months?

Not fully paid up career women, they take on a series of menial jobs in their home town of Leeds that allow them to cling to the last vestiges of girlhood - that stage where everything is terrifying and exciting in equal measure. It's all about the fear that comes with knowing you should take more responsibility and the excitement that comes with knowing you still don't really have any at all.

Bob Mortimer will star as Meg's father Frank with the cast also including Nick Mohammed and Dylan Edwards.

As well as starring in it, Drifters has been written by Jessica Knappett (represented by United Agents) who studied Drama and English at The University of Manchester.

Iain Morris, one of the creators of The Inbetweeners, is executive producer on Drifters.

He said: "We're lucky and delighted to be involved with Jess's new sitcom. "We knew from our time working with her while shooting The Inbetweeners movie that she was hysterically funny, not least because she created the production's unofficial drinking den, Bar Knappett, in her hotel room."

Channel 4's comedy commissioning editor, Fiona McDermott, said: "Drifters promises to be a really funny sitcom about really funny girls. It's that simple. Jess is a fab talent and it's great to be working with her."

The series is being produced by produced by Bwark Productions, a Zodiak Media Company, and the company behind E4's multi-award winning series and film, The Inbetweeners.

Open audition for Series 2 of Channel 4's Top Boy

In a one off open call for series two of the hit Channel 4 drama Top Boy, the casting team will be looking for the following:

BLACK / MIXED RACE / ASIAN / NON WHITE GIRLS AND BOYS

BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 16.
No acting experience necessary.

Please do not attend the casting if you do not fit the above description as you will be turned away. No emails or tel calls, simply turn up on the day.

DATE:           SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2012
TIME:            12 PM – 5 PM. 
VENUE:        HOXTON HALL, 130 HOXTON STREET, N1 6SH


PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ANY LATER OR EARLIER AS YOU WILL NOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

Casting search for three 12 - 14 year old actors


CASTING SEARCH

MOHAMMED is RAIN MAN meets SUPERBAD – a kids comedy action adventure. 12-year old Adam finds his 31-year old, WWF Wrestling obsessed brother with learning difficulties a TOTAL nightmare – until he sees a chance to use him to gain friends.

Director is the awesome Mustapha Kseibiti - a Screen International Star of Tomorrow:


Producer is Michael Berliner. They are the same team behind the shorts PAINKILLER and SKATEBOARDS AND SPANDEX. This is Michael's company:


This short film is being financed through the prestigious BFI Shorts scheme and is scheduled to shoot in February 2013, most likely in West London.

The roles we are looking for are:

ADAM - 12 - 14 years old
Fair skin - Asian. Mixed race - needs to pass off as half Pakistani half English. Slim build. We need an actor as good as Elliot in E.T. or Mikey from Goonies. Clean cut. Sheltered. Tries to be cool but fails miserably.

HAROON - 12 - 14 years old
Fair skin – Any race except not black or white. He’s a plastic bad boy. Still needs to look innocently boyish but a bit of a bad boy too. He's the leader of the cool gang - a bit gangsta, but West London gangsta not East End gangsta - more ADULTHOOD than LOCK STOCK.

KIERAN - 12- 14 years old
Afro Caribbean Male. A little slow. Taller then the other kids but with a large build. A meathead, the muscles of the group. But he’s got to be funny looking. Not menacing. Big nostrils a plus. A dumb Will Smith.

Submissions can be made to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED - please send a photo and details of acting experience (if any). Auditions will be held in central London.

Agency Open Books for 8 - 12 year olds

Mark Jermin Management are currently taking on Black, African, Caribbean boys and girls aged 8-12, that have a strong singing voice and a high standard of dance ability. We currently have lots of castings that would be very suitable! 

To apply please email assistant@markjermin.co.uk or telephone 01792458855 and speak to Glenn.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith, a film adapted by Stephen Greenhorn from his hit stage musical featuring the music of The Proclaimers, is currently shooting for six weeks in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow, and stars Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher – who helmed this year’s critically acclaimed Wild Bill – it tells the story of two army friends who return home to Leith from Afghanistan. One of them finds the love of his life, while the other loses the girl he left behind.

The two soldiers are played by 20 year old George MacKay (represented by Gordon and French) most recently seen in Private Peaceful and soon to be seen in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan, and 24 year old Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie who trained at RCS, in his first film role.

Skins star Freya Mavor (represented by Hamilton Hodell), who recently filmed on another Glasgow-based film Not Another Happy Ending,  plays one of the girls, Liz, whilst Misfits star Antonia Thomas (represented by Curtis Brown) who has just been seen in ITV drama series Homefront, plays the other,Yvonne.

The parents of one of the squaddies are Rab (Peter Mullan), who has lost his job on the docks, and Annie (Jane Horrocks), who works as a cleaner on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and who are planning their 30th wedding anniversary.

Fletcher said of the film “With Sunshine on Leith we really have something special that will put smiles on the most hardened faces. “Great songs, a wonderful cast and a lot of heart will create our sunshine world.”

Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers who are one of Scotland's best known musical exports, are expected to make cameo appearances in the film.


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Brothers Lionheart casting call


JINA JAY CASTING 

Casting Search

Seeking two boys for lead roles in a new Tomas Alfredson English language film THE BROTHERS LIONHEART, shooting Summer 2013 in Europe.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

THE ROLES:

Searching for two caucasian boys aged 8 - 10 years and 13 - 15 years for the film of THE BROTHERS LIONHEART, based on the Swedish novel of the same name by Astrid Lindgren.

The film is set in Europe and will be directed by Tomas Alfredson who most recently directed the award winning film TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and previously LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

To audition, please send a self tape.

*Please note if you have already auditioned there is no need to submit again*

Jina Jay is a casting director whose credits include WAR HORSE, TINTIN AND THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, ATONEMENT and BILLY ELLIOT.

For full details on how to apply and send a self tape please visit www.brotherslionheartcasting.com


Saoirse Ronan's next film

Saoirse Ronan has been cast to play the female lead in Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The 18 year old Irish actress (represented by MacFarlane Chard in the UK) will star alongside Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, among others.

The director has said that the story, set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel, is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner).

Saoirse was in the UK in the summer, filming Kevin MacDonald's How I Live Now. She will next be seen in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel The Host, while Neil Jordan's Byzantium and Geoffrey Fletcher's Violet & Daisy are awaiting release dates.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is expected to start shooting early next year in Germany.