Saturday, May 31, 2014

First look at What We Did on Our Holiday

First look at What We Did on Our Holiday, the new family feature film from the creators of Outnumbered which stars Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, and Amelia Bullmore.

Bobby Smalldridge, Emilia Jones and Harriet Turnbull star as the three McLeod children.

12 year old Emilia Jones (represented by ARG Talent) plays Lottie. Emilia was Alice in Channel 4's Utopia and played Young Fiona in Shrek in the West End. She is currently filming alongside Michael Caine in Italian feature film The Early Years.

Bobby Smalldridge (represented by the Sylvia Young Agency) played Small Boy in Billy Eliot in the West End and has filmed episodes of Miss Marple, Casualty and Topsy and Tim. He played the part of Samuel in the 2011 film, Foster with Ioan Gruffudd and Toni Collette.

The film also introduces newcomer Harriet Turnbull as Jenni, the youngest McLeod.

The dysfunctional McLeod family venture to the Highlands for ‘Scottish Grandad’s’ birthday, but no-one could have predicted what the children would get up to…

Doug and Abi are two normal parents with three charming but highly eccentric children. When the strain of parental life threatens their sanity and marriage, they decide to take their kids on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering and to see Doug’s incomparably kooky father Gordie.

However what promised to be a holiday of reconciliation soon turns into a hilarious social minefield as feuds, misunderstandings and bruised egos become the order of the day.

When the children cause a completely unexpected turn of events, the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.

From the creators of hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered, What We Did On Our Holiday is described as a heart-warming, uplifting comedy for all the family.

It is written and directed by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton and produced by David M Thompson and Dan Winch for BBC Films and Origin Pictures with backing from Creative Scotland.

What We Did On Our Holiday is due to be released in the UK on Friday September 26th 2014.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Shooting begins this week on Howl, the new "creature feature" horror film from up and coming director Paul Hyett. Hyett is known for his SFX work on The Woman in Black and The Descent, and he directed acclaimed The Seasoning House.

Howl tells the story of a midnight train which is attacked by a terrifying pack of werewolves, forcing a shy ticket inspector to unleash his inner beast to lead his passengers to safety and survive the night.

Ed Speleers, star of Downton Abbey and the recently released Plastic, and Holly Weston, who played Ash in Hollyoaks, lead the cast alongside Shauna Macdonald and Elliot Cowan, with Amit Shah, Calvin Dean, and Ryan Oliva.

The young cast joining them include Brit School graduate 21 year old Sam Gittins (represented by Bloomfields Welch Management), who was recently seen as Gog in Sky's The Smoke and is also currently filming the new series of Mr Selfridge, and 19 year old Rosie Day (represented by Troika) who starred in Hyett's previous film The Seasoning House.

Written by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, Howl is produced by Ed King and Martin Gentles for Starchild Pictures.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Casting call for The Christmas Star

Open castings are being held for The Christmas Star, Northern Ireland’s first ever Christmas feature film, made by Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

A host of film and television professionals are supporting the ground-breaking film production that will engage with hundreds of young people, marking the beginning of a year of Cinemagic’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Cinemagic patrons, Ros and John Hubbard, of Hubbard Casting, are launching the search for young talent for the film from 6th- 8th June in Ballymena, Belfast and Newry and invite young people with all levels of experience to audition.

The open castings for young females aged 9-12 and young males aged 9-15 will take place on:

Friday 6th June from 3.30pm – 7.00pm in The Braid: Ballymena Town Hall, Museum & Arts Centre, Ballymena

Saturday 7th June from 10.00am – 4.00pm in The Europa Hotel, Belfast

Sunday 8th June from 12pm – 6pm in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

Pleaese bring a recent, simple photograph to the audition.


NOELLE (9 - 12 yrs) LEAD An interesting and different girl - a bit of a tomboy. Loves to play football - doesn’t like wearing dresses. She is sensitive and perceptive. She is inquisitive and this can sometimes get her into trouble. She is fearless and will stop at nothing to restore order and peace. She is a little heroine.

JUNIOR (14 / 15 yrs) A brat and show off - has no time for the younger children. A bit of a snob as he is a rich kid, wealthy and spoilt. Behind the mask he is an insecure teenager who just dearly desires to please his dismissive and greedy Dad.

SPUD-BOB (9 - 12 yrs) ‘Spud Bob’ is nicknamed the Irish ‘Sponge Bob’ as he looks like him. Spud-Bob is Noelle’s best friend. He is naturally comical and is always eating snacks. A loyal friend.

BERNADETTE (9 – 12 yrs) A goody two shoes and a school friend of Noelle’s. She thinks she knows it all.

CUTIE PIE (9 – 12yrs) A school friend of Noelle’s and plays on the football team. She is the little cute kid in the school. Appears younger/smaller than others.

BUBBLE (9 – 12yrs) Boy or Girl. Daydreamer who has her mouth open a lot of the time. A great friend of Noelle’s at school. Bubble is extremely innocent and seems to miss most things going on around her/him.

IPADDY (9 - 13 yrs) A boy who is on the football team and friend of Noelle. He is a technical IT genius. He is a scientific buff.

THOMAS (9 - 12 yrs) Another schoolboy. He questions and disagrees with most things.

 Among those involved in the production are Cinemagic patrons Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan, Oscar winning film producer, Gareth Ellis Unwin (The King’s Speech), award winning film composer, Patrick Doyle, (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Music Supervisor, Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina), casting directors and Cinemagic patrons, Ros and John Hubbard, (The Commitments, Dracula Untold), camera operator, Ian Fox, (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man), producer, Iain Smith, (Children of Men, Mad Max, Fury Road), and production manager, Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Skyfall).

Industry professionals will mentor young people throughout the film production process from script to screen, giving invaluable insights to the world of filmmaking and sharing their wealth of experience to help develop young people’s skills across various film disciplines ranging from directing, acting and production to script editing, film composition, and costume/makeup.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE said ‘’We are honoured to have support from Hubbard Casting and we are delighted to be embarking on the first set of auditions for the film. We look forward to meeting lots of young budding actors who will get the chance to audition for one of the top casting agents in the UK and Ireland.”

The project is supported by OFMDFM, BBC Northern Ireland and UTV with the filming taking place from 20th October - 15th November 2014.

There will be casting for other roles announced over the coming months and details will be announced through the Cinemagic website.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Casting call for NFTS short film


National Film and Television School director Daniel Montanarini (The Guest starring Olivia Williams) and producer Ina Remme are looking for two young actors for lead roles, and two boys for two supporting roles for their graduation short film which will be shot June 24th-July 5th in London/South of England.

The film is a tender, poignant and funny love story about a 14-year old boy battling his feelings of unrequited love for his baby's teenage mum.

Casting director: Jane Frisby

Auditions will be held this weekend, May 24th and 25th in London. Please contact producer Ina Remme on to arrange a slot or for more information.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Payment details: Low/Expenses paid

Age: 13-17 (must be 13 or older)

ALEX: (Lead) 14yrs, Caucasian, Alex is a wild, impulsive and headstrong young teenager. He has a confidence that comes from naivety and innocence rather than arrogance. He is from a working class background.

VICTORIA: (Lead) 14yrs, Caucasian, Victoria is confident and mature for her age. She dances ballet (no dancing required in the film), and has a knowing charm about her. She is from an upper middle class background.

JEROME: 15yrs, Jerome is Alex' best friend, and the tallest and most mature of the group.

STANLEY: 13yrs, Stanley is the youngest and smallest boy in the group. He's curious, quirky and has lots of charm.

Casting call for new historical TV drama


VHJ Casting is looking for a 10-13 year old caucasian boy for a principle role in a new historical TV drama.

The role films from September 2014 in Budapest.

If you would like to be considered, please EMAIL a recent photo and the following details:

1) Full Name
2) Age
3) City/ Town where you live

Please send emails to Alex at

Meetings taking place w/c 26th May & w/c 2nd June throughout the UK.

Feature Film Casting Call

Monday, May 19, 2014

Casting call for feature film shooting in Northern Ireland


Rose Wicksteed Casting is looking for 6 teenagers for supporting roles in a British feature film 'THE SURVIVALIST'

Casting in BELFAST 23rd-26th May 2014

AGE 13-20 - male & female (Must be over 13 for licensing hours)



The script has been developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme, which included input from BFI and Film4 executives. It topped the UK Brit List last year and ranked on Hollywood’s Black List for the year’s best un-produced scripts.


Writer/Director: Stephen Fingleton.
One of Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow 2013. His BFI funded shorted film SLR starred Liam Cunningham, won Best Irish Film at the Oscar qualifying Foyle Film Festival, and was nominated for an IFTA.

Producers: The Fyzz Facility - Wayne Marc Godfrey & Robert Jones
Producers and Company Director of The Fyzz Facility, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones have over 45 years of industry experience between them. Robert Jones' production credits include Academy Award winning films The Usual Suspects, Gosford Park and The Constant Gardener as well as Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight, Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, David Schwimmer's Run Fat Boy Run and Neil Marshall's Centurion.


If you would like to be considered, please email us a recent photo and the following details as soon as possible - we are casting this weekend.

1) Full Name
2) Date of Birth
3) Age
4) Where you live i.e village, town, city.

Email ONLY to: and put RAIDERS CASTING in the email subject.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meet the actors set to star in new science thriller DxM

A host of young talent is set to star in a new "quantum theory" thriller DxM announced at Cannes today.

The story follows a group of young bio-engineers who realize that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor skills from one brain to another. Believing this will lead to intellectual equality among humans, the group soon faces dark forces threatening to subvert the technology as an instrument for mass control.

Tom Payne (represented by Curtis Brown) leads the group as Jaxon, described as extremely intelligent and motivated, and the driving force behind the new technology. Tom also recently filmed the leads in The Physician and British indie feature Winter (aka Barking at Trees).

Melia Kreiling (represented in the UK by Piers Nimmo) plays Stella, a mystery to the rest of the group, a highly skilled bio engineer who specialises in everything. Part Greek and part American, Melia trained in dance and then acting in the UK.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes (represented by Independent Talent) plays Agnes, described as "the kitten of the group" - a genius with an interest in parallel universes.Antonia was one of Screen Internationals Stars of Tomorrow in 2011, and was awarded the Berlinale Shooting Star award in 2012.

Rising star Oliver Stark (represented by Jonathan Arun) joins the cast as Dylan, a brilliant musician who specialises in audio bio mechanics. Oliver will next be seen as the lead in low-budget feature My Hero.

Dominique Tipper (represented by Independent Talent) plays Maddie who has a particular interest in using science the prove the existence of God. Dominique's first film role was in Fast Girls and she went on to star in Vampire Academy.

My Mad Fat Diary star Turlough Convery (represented by Curtis Brown) will also star in the film - he plays Rollo, an eccentric Englishman who first discovers the technology before Jaxon takes over. Turlough went straight into Fresh Meat after leaving drama school last year before filming the new leading regular role in the 2nd series of the hit show My Mad Fat Diary for E4.

Sam Neill will play a professor. Andrew Goth co-wrote the film and is directing for CineMater

The film (Deus eX Machina) is currently in pre-production, with principal photography set to start in June and a theatrical release targeted for early 2015.

Agency seeking new talent aged 7 - 19 years

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Passing Bells

Two young actors lead the cast of The Passing Bells, a new five-part First World War drama for BBC One which is about to start filming in Poland.

The series has been written by Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life On Mars) and commissioned as part of the BBC’s programming to mark the Centenary of the First World War. The drama sees the conflict of the First World War unfold through the eyes of two very ordinary young men, both of whom have enlisted in a war they expect will be over within months

Irish actor 18 year old Patrick Gibson stars as Thomas and Jack Lowden as Michael, two young men for whom the war has little mercy, no matter which side they might be fighting for. Over five chronological years, we follow their lives as they grow up, lose friends and find love amid the horrors of the war.

Patrick Gibson (represented by ARG) played Curly in Sky's Neverland and also appeared in the award-winning What Richard Did. He comes from a family of actors, and made his first appearance at the age of five in a short film entitled Bye Bye Inkhead. He has just wrapped filming on horror/drama The Cherry Tree.

23 year old Scottish actor Jack Lowden (represented by Conway Van Gelder) is a graduate of RSAMD, and starred as Adam in Anglo/French production The Tunnel. He won Best Supporting Actor at the Olivier Awards this year for his portrayal of Oswald in the Almeida Theatre's production of Ghosts.

Guildford School of Acting graduate Sabrina Bartlett (represented by Shepherd Management) plays Katie, one of the young men’s love interests, anxiously waiting back home for news from the front, as does Polish actress Eryka Karkuszewska.

Alongside them, a cast of young British and German actors play their supporting battalions, including Charles Furness, Brian Fletcher, Wilf Scolding, Hubert Burton, Felix Auer, Ben McGregor, Mark Burghagen and Matthew Aubrey.

Brendan Maher will direct for Tony Jordan’s independent production company Red Planet Pictures and Apple Film Production through BBC Cymru Wales Drama.

The Passing Bells will also be shown on Poland’s national broadcaster (TVP) in November 2014 to coincide with celebrations to mark the rebirth of the Polish nation at the end of World War One.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dani Dyer lands lead role in British gangster film

17 year old Dani Dyer, daughter of actor Danny Dyer, has landed her first lead role in a British gangster movie called We Still Kill The Old Way.

Dani (represented by Sainou) previously featured in British crime drama, Vendetta alongside her father Danny (currently playing Mick Carter in Eastenders).

In We Still Kill The Old Way, described as "a blood-spattered urban revenge movie", Dani will play Lauren, a young girl who is rescued from an attempted assault by a vicious postcode gang by retired gangster Charlie Archer.

Producer Jonathan Sothcott said: "Having known Dani since she was a kid I have seen her grow into a remarkable young actress. She has a very natural, honest quality and really impressed us on Vendetta. I have no doubt she has what it takes to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a bona fide film star and I’m really excited to give her her first leading role.”

We Still Kill The Old Way is produced by Richwater Films and directed by Sacha Bennett, and starts shooting tomorrow (Monday 5th May 2014).