Friday, January 31, 2014

Next generation of TV presenting talent needed

NEXT GENERATION OF TV PRESENTING TALENT NEEDED

BAFTA award winning TV company needs fresh young presenting talent (aged 14-25 years) for new kids/youth show. Presenters with something to say, street dancers, poppers, rappers, magicians, guitarists - or have you got a younger sister or brother who could do this?

Send CV and photo, contact number (all 3 essential) to casting@darrallmacqueen.com

Closing date 14th February 2014. Only successful applicants will be notified of audition.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Urgent casting call for The Fall - NEW!

URGENT CASTING CALL FOR THE FALL

DAISY (Female)

– MUST BE AGED 18-21 (but young & youthful looking – playing a 16 year old)
– MUST BE NORTHERN IRISH WITH NORTHERN IRISH ACCENT
– MUST BE BASED IN NORTHERN IRELAND
– MUST HAVE ACTING EXPERIENCE

Daisy is a friend of Katie’s from school. She is glamorous, confident, and overtly sexual. She is the girl at school all the boys want to be with and all the girls want to be. Her naturally sexy ways incite a competitive envy and rivalry with the girls around her, Katie included. Katie is tired of being in her shadow and when she takes the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, Daisy can barely recognise the friend she once knew.

The role of Daisy will be required for approx 5-10 filming days within the overall shoot dates Feb 24th – June 16th 2014.

Please send your suggestions for the role of Daisy ASAP to info@carlastrongecasting.com.

Please include the following for each teenage girl submitted:

1. FULL NAME

2. AGE

3. DATE OF BIRTH

4. A RECENT COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WAIST UP WHERE HAIR LENGTH AND FACE ARE CLEARLY SEEN

5. CURRENT HEIGHT IN FEET & INCHES

6. ACTING EXPERIENCE

7. CURRENT CITY/ TOWN OF RESIDENCE


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CBBC Casting for 4 O'Clock Club


Emma Stafford is casting for the fantastic 4 O'Clock Club Series 4 and is looking for a new regular cast member.

Stella Walker (Female)

Playing age of 13 to fit in with Nero's gang.

Stella is intelligent and outspoken about perceived wrongs and isn't afraid to make herself heard which gets her into trouble. She has been expelled from all her previous schools.

She is like a mini female version of Russell Brand in terms of her attitude towards life.

We are looking for someone who is an intelligent performer with great comic timing, from any ethnic background. Needs to be able to rap.

Can be based anywhere in the UK.

To apply:

Email THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CASTING HAS NOW PASSED in the subject line with:

1. Child’s full name

2. Age

3. DOB

4. A recent colour photograph

5. Acting experience if have any, not essential.

6. Rapping experience, a video if you have one, but not essential.

7. Home town

8. Parent/guardian name and telephone number.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Young Brits land roles in 24

With filming commenced in London on 24: Live Another Day, opportunities have arisen for British actors to nab roles in the Emmy-award winning US series, including Stephen Fry as the British Prime Minister. The new European-set adventure follows heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), taking up his story several years following the events of the final season back in 2010. Once again, viewers will join Jack on a pulse-pounding ride in real time.

Attack The Block star John Boyega (represented in the UK by Identity Agency Group) will join the series laying a computer tech who flies drones for the military. John has recently been cast to star in the Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'.

Charles Furness (represented by A&J Management) has landed the role of Peter. Charles was a graduate of the inaugural NYT Rep season and recently starred in BBC drama The Whale alongside John Boyega. He'll also be seen this spring in the new BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn.

Mandeep Dhillon (represented by Piers Nimmo Management) has also been cast. She stars as Saz in the popular BBC Three comedy series Some Girls.


24: Live Another Day is currently shooting in Britain, and will air on Sky 1 later this year.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dixi - a new web drama series from CBBC

Claudia Jessie (represented by Debbie Allen Associates) leads the cast of Dixi, CBBC's first ever online comedy drama.

The young cast also includes Jordan Loughran (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as Evie, Kerry Boyne, April Hughes (represented by Olivia Bell Management) as Mimi, Bethan Wright, Alexander Nicolaou (Morwenna Preston Management) as Syd, Joseph Ashworth, and Martin Bobb-Semple (Robert Kelly Associates) as Josh.

Created and directed by Dan Berlinka, Dixi is a story of intrigue and deception in a fictitious social network, and will be available exclusively across mobile, tablet and desktop platforms from 24 February, with 30 webisodes scheduled across three weeks.

In a first-person ‘selfie’ style of shooting, the show follows teen Shari, whose entire life is on Dixi: from chatting to friends and sharing pictures to posting funny vlogs. This social network is her life. That is, until her page is defaced, her password changed and she is locked out. To Shari, it’s the end of the world, but with the help of her closest friends she sets out to discover who hacked Dixi and ‘murdered’ her profile page.

The series is produced by Kindle Entertainment who have also created a mock version of the social network Dixi which will be available from the CBBC website, and features the profiles from the characters that see them posting messages to and from one another.

Melanie Stokes, Executive Producer for Kindle Entertainment, says: “Most of the CBBC audience will be about to take the plunge into that very exciting and unchartered world of social media for the first time. With Dixi we want to really use the vernacular of those sites to dramatise the highs and lows that come with living life online.”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Urgent casting call for The Fall

URGENT CASTING CALL FOR 5-7 YEAR OLD GIRL WITH BROWN HAIR TO PLAY THE ROLE OF "NANCY" IN THE 2ND SERIES OF THE FALL (starring Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan) FOR BBC 2 that is filming in Belfast between the end of Feb - mid June 2014. The child cast as "NANCY" will be required for approx 10 days within this period.

Looking for a child of this age, acting experience is bonus, but NOT a necessity. We just need to find a smart, natural, calm, confident child who is great at listening and taking direction.

"NANCY" is a sweet inquisitive young girl. She interacts with a stranger who puts her at ease, despite the strangeness of the situation. She is too young to realise that something is amiss, but what she saw and said will be the subject of gentle police interviews that in due course may lead to some grown up pressure on this young child.

To apply:

Email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED URGENTLY & please put "NANCY APPLICATION" in the subject line, with:

1. CHILD'S FULL NAME
2. AGE
3. DATE OF BIRTH
4. A RECENT COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WAIST UP WHERE HAIR LENGTH AND FACE ARE CLEARLY SEEN
5. CURRENT HEIGHT IN FEET & INCHES
6. ACTING EXPERIENCE IF ANY (NOT required but a bonus)
7. CURRENT CITY/ TOWN OF RESIDENCE
8. PARENT NAME & CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS



Monday, January 20, 2014

New E4 comedy drama pilot ALT

Craig Roberts and Gethin Anthony star in ALT, a new 60-minute pilot for E4, written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and directed by Ben Caron (My Mad Fat Diary).

Gethin Anthony (represented by United Agents) plays 24 year old Danny who finds himself transported to a parallel universe. Gethin studied English Literature at Oxford University before training at LAMDA. He starred as Renly in Game of Thrones.

22 year old Craig Roberts plays Danny's stoner and waster ex-best friend Milo. Craig (represented by Curtis Brown) started out in children's TV but has worked constantly since his breakout role in Submarine.

Imagine: that mate you dumped months ago because he's a tool, rings you out of the blue and asks for help. You go round and he's tripping. Banging on about parallel worlds and killers with swords and you're not really listening to be honest. 
And the next thing you know the world's changed. Literally changed. Your girlfriend, who was kind of the love of your life, no longer even recognises you. Dead relatives are suddenly alive again. And someone who looks just like you is living your life. Badly.

The dangerous assassins intent on hunting them down are played by Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X Men: First Class) and Arsher Ali (Four Lions). With Danny desperate to get back to his girlfriend Suzy (played by Roxanne McKee) before it’s too late and he loses her forever, he and Milo embark on a series of darkly comic and dangerous adventures in an effort to get back home.

Commissioner Beth Willis describes ALT as "a mind-bendingly funny pilot for E4 from the pen of Jamie Mathieson and directed by the brilliant Ben Caron. Milo and Danny are wonderful and useless and loveable. Expect the unexpected - and lots of laughs."

The cast also includes Ukweli Roach as Pete, and Chanel Cresswell (This is England) as Cat, and was cast  by Catherine Willis.

Produced by Mammoth Screen, ALT started shooting this month and is expected to air on E4 in Spring 2014.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Remember Me

 © Faye Thomas
My Mad Fat Diary star Jodie Comer is set to star alongside Michael Palin in a haunting new BBC drama Remember Me.

Jodie will star as Hannah, a teenage care assistant who alongside investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (played by Mark Addy), tries to unravel the mysterious history of new care home resident Tom Parfitt (Palin), a frail, old Yorkshireman seemingly alone in the world, whose admittance to the nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.

Jodie (represented by Independent Talent), from Liverpool, plays Chloe in the popular E4 series My Mad Fat Diary which is about to return for a second series.

Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) also stars as Hannah's troubled mother Jan Ward with Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line) as Tom's neighbour Roshana Salim.

The three-part mystery is written by award-winning writer Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days, Miss Austen Regrets), and made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.

Remember Me started filming this week in Huddersfield and Scarborough for transmission later this year on BBC One.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First look at Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn




Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Mary Yellan in the new BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel Jamaica Inn, written by Emma Frost.

23 year old Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey, went on to star in Labyrinth, and will next be seen playing Rachel in Lone Sherfig's Posh.

Set in 1820 against the forbidding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, the story follows the journey of young and spirited Mary who is forced to live with her Aunt Patience after the death of her mother. Mary arrives at the isolated Jamaica Inn to discover her Aunt is a shell of the carefree woman she remembers from her childhood, and instead finds a drudge who is firmly under the spell of her domineering husband Joss.
The Inn has no guests - the rooms are locked and kept for storage - but it soon becomes clear that it’s a cover, as Joss is the leader of a smuggling ring, and Jamaica Inn the hub of his ‘free’ trade.
As Mary gets drawn into the dangerous world of smuggling, she finds herself attracted to Jem Merlyn, Joss’s roughly handsome younger brother. But he stands for everything that Mary despises and worse, she fears that he’s involved in Joss’s gang. Mary’s morals and loyalties become deeply conflicted. Who can she trust? Can she even trust herself?
Seeking guidance, Mary visits the parish vicar, Francis Davey, and his sister Hannah. But can they help her to navigate this dangerous new world and do the right thing, or will she lose herself in everybody else’s criminality? When Mary finds herself in peril for her own life, she is tested to the core and she’s forced to find out what she’s really made of.

Made for the BBC One by Origin Pictures the 3x60-minute drama is directed by BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Five Daughters).

Filming took place on location in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria and Jamaica Inn is due to hit our screens later this year.


Dance Film Casting

'HIGH STRUNG' - Dance Film Casting

Legendary choreographer Dave Scott (STEP UP 3D, STOMP THE YARD, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?) will be choreographing the routines for this ballet meets hip hop tale of a struggling British musician in New York and the talented American ballerina he meets who changes his world.
The director is Michael Damian.


Auditions: LONDON: 12th & 13th February 2014
Rehearsals: Must be available to rehearse from w/c 17th February 2014, dates TBC
Shoots: 17th March 2014 - 15th April 2014
Location: Bucharest, Romania and New York
PAID

WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING:

JOHNNIE BLACKWELL (Male) 19 - 22. Very good looking, brooding and street-wise, Johnnie can’t get a job without a work visa, so he takes up busking in the subways for cash. But when he meets classical dancer Ruby during a hip hop battle gone wrong, they immediately clash but he can’t deny the chemistry between them. After a battle of their own, Ruby manages to talk Johnnie into competing with her in a music and dance competition that could change Johnnie’s life forever.
ACCENT: BRITISH
SKILLS: Must be able to play the VIOLIN to a high standard
DANCE: must also be able to move, but does not need to be an expert (they dance a tango!)

BALLET ROLES:

RUBY (Female) 18 - 21. Stunning, willowy and bright eyed young ballerina raised in Iowa. She's a country girl whose scholarship takes her to New York to the prestigious Manhattan School of the Arts. She's a fish out of water, but finds friendship and a new way of life in the big city. Adapting to the culture shock isn't made any easier when Ruby falls for troubled musician Johnnie Blackwell.
ACCENT: US or very convincing

SKILLS: Must be a superlative ballet and contemporary dancer - AUDITION WILL BE EN POINTE

Please send a cv, include your height, acting experience, a headshot and a head to toe ballet photo: showing your feet and extension.
REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one and if it has examples of you en pointe. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some en pointe work.
Please reference the link below for variation choreography:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOvXo841L1o

JAZZY (Female) 18 - 23. Pretty, fun loving JAZZY is an amazing dancer, with incredible grace. But she eventually slips into bad habits and too much partying and too many late nights could ruin her chances of keeping her place at the school. With Ruby's help, Jazzy manages to get back on the right path before it’s too late.
ACCENT: US or very convincing

SKILLS: Must be a superlative ballet and contemporary dancer - AUDITION WILL BE EN POINTE

Please send a cv, include your height, acting experience, a headshot and a head to toe ballet photo: showing your feet and extension.
REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one and if it has examples of you en pointe. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some en pointe work.
Please reference the link below for variation choreography:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOvXo841L1o

APRIL (Female) 18 - 23, Gorgeous and popular, APRIL is the best dancer in the school and she knows it. Very 'Alpha Female', she's not happy when Ruby starts to get attention from KYLE, the hottest guy in school, so April is determined to put the Iowa girl in her place and get her out of the school.
ACCENT: US OR EUROPEAN (French / Russian / Spanish, Italian - Own accent)

SKILLS: Must be a superlative ballet and contemporary dancer - AUDITION WILL BE EN POINTE

Please send a cv, include your height, acting experience, a headshot and a head to toe ballet photo: showing your feet and extension.
REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one and if it has examples of you en pointe. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some en pointe work.
Please reference the link below for variation choreography:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOvXo841L1o

HIP HOP ROLES:

POPTART (Female) 19 - 21. One of the two girls in the SwitchSteps dance crew. POPTART may love her hair, nails and girly attitude, but this girl is a fierce dancer and she can hold her own in any battle. She takes Ruby under her wing and is determined to help her loosen up.


ACCENT: US or very convincing

SKILLS: Expert Hip Hop Dancer

REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some of your best moves. Along with a headshot and your cv.

KRISPY (Male) 19 - 21. One of the three roommates who live in the same apartment block as Johnnie. KRISPY is one of the featured dancers in the SwitchSteps Crew. He is also a passionate cook and the commander of the Crew's kitchen.


ACCENT: US or very convincing

SKILLS: Expert Hip Hop Dancer

REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some of your best moves. Along with a headshot and your cv.

RIK (Male) 20 - 22. One of the three roommates who live in the same apartment block as Johnnie. RIK is one of the featured dancers in the Crew. He is the clown of the group and the one with the most energy. Good muscle definition.


ACCENT: US or very convincing

SKILLS: Expert Hip Hop Dancer

REEL: Send us your dance reel if you have one. If you don't have a reel, please send us a self-tape, showing us some of your best moves. Along with a headshot and your cv.

Video submissions / photos can be shot on a smart phone.

PLEASE SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO CAROLYN AT: hsdancemovie@gmail.com

Barbara Speake Stage School - Scholarship auditions

The Barbara Speake Stage School is a full time theatre school that was founded 70 years ago.

We are now launching our annual scholarship auditions and are inviting applicants to apply.

We are offering one full scholarship and a number of part scholarships to the full time school  with a potential value for the winning applicant of the full scholarship of over £70,000.


For an application form contact : speakekids3@aol.com

Closing date April 16th 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

British actress Bel Powley is set to star in the coming-of-age feature The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, written and directed  by Marielle Heller, adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

21 year old Bel (represented by BWH) from Shepherd's Bush, got her acting break at age 13 when she starred in the first two series of popular CBBC drama M.I. High, before appearing alongside Robbie Coltrane in ITV's Murderland. Her theatre roles have included Royal Court productions Tusk Tusk and Jumpy, as well as appearing on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. She'll next be seen playing the lead in director Arthur Landon's debut feature Side By Side (previously known as The Nanny State).

Bel will star alongside Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, as 16 year old Minnie, a teenage artist with a brutally honest perspective who, in the haze of 1970’s San Francisco,  tries to navigate her way through an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

The Diary of A Teenage Girl is currently shooting in San Francisco.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

First look at Outnumbered Series 5

Outnumbered is set to return for a fifth series this year. Apart from a Christmas Special, the last full series was back in 2011 and the new series show just how much those Brockman kids have grown, including a new hair colour for Karen.

Beleaguered parents Pete (Hugh Dennis) and Sue (Claire Skinner) continue to battle through life both within and outside of their hectic household. Sue has a brand new office job and, predictably, struggles to maintain an aura of composure with her three growing offspring to contend with back home, while Pete is besieged by unreliable technologies.


Jake (played by 17 year old Tyger Drew-Honey) is sporting a new tattoo - of sorts - and is getting behind the wheel to learn to drive.



Tone-deaf Ben (played by the now 14 year old Daniel Roche) is set to take the lead in his school play - a musical version of Spartacus.



Karen (12 year old Ramona Marquez), once the baby of the family, has taken the decision to no longer be blonde as she starts secondary school and, unsurprisingly, soon finds herself arguing with just about everyone, including her new head teacher.

Created and written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, this is expected to be the last series of Outnumbered, but no final decision has been made.

Series 5 will air on BBC One later this month, date to be confirmed.


Get Santa starts filming

Shooting starts later this month in West Yorkshire on Get Santa, the new family Christmas film from Scott Free Productions, starring Jim Broadbent.

An open casting was held to find the boy to play the lead role, and nine year old Kit Connor from London scooped the role. He will star alongside Rafe Spall as his father Steve, and Jim Broadbent as Santa.

Kit (represented by Mark Jermin Management) played Archie in CBBC's Rocket Island and also appeared in Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time and Channel 4 comedy Chickens.

Here's the synopsis:

Steve Anderson hasn't always been the perfect father. It's tough to be when you're in prison for driving the getaway car in an attempted jewel theft.

But Steve served his time and getting out just before Christmas provides him with the perfect occasion to reconnect with his son, Tom. It's been three years, it won't be easy, but he his willing to do whatever it takes to win Tom over.

One evening Steve gets a call from Tom: an old man claiming to be Santa is in his garage. He's crashed his sleigh, lost his reindeer and needs their help to get home. And just when Steve things it can't get any worse, "Santa" gets arrested for a failed attempt at rescuing his reindeer.

Not quite believing, but wanting to do the best for Tom, Steve reluctantly agrees to help. Together they must find Rudolph, befriend the elves, break Santa out of prison, all this while outrunning Steve's tyrannical parole officer. Will they be able to save Christmas in time?


Written and directed by Christopher Smith, produced by Liza Marshall of Scott Free London and executive produced by Ridley Scott, cast by Dixie Chassay, Get Santa is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2014.




Friday, January 10, 2014

First Look at My Mad Fat Diary Series 2



Series 2 of My Mad Fat Diary starts in February and here's a first look at the returning cast in an official photo shoot for the new series.

The second series of the critically-acclaimed E4 drama begins at the hazy end of the long hot summer of 1996, a few weeks after Rae has finally revealed the truth about her mental health to her gang of friends and shared that moment with object of her lust, Finn.  Feeling like her days as a psychiatric ward inpatient are behind her, Rae now faces sixth form college – but will she be able to survive this exposed new world?  Set at the height of Brit Pop, My Mad Fat Diary continues to celebrate the truth of teenage life, in all its confusing, painful, joyous glory.





Sharon Rooney stars as Rae



Nico Mirallegro stars as Finn




Jodie Comer returns as Chloe



Jordan Murphy as Chop




Darren Evans plays Danny



Ciara Baxendale as Izzy


Dan Cohen as Archie.

Filming starts in Yorkshire on independent feature Altar


Filming has begun in Yorkshire on a ghostly psychological thriller Altar from the director of Neverland, Nick Willing. When a  family move to a large house in rural Yorkshire, events take a terrifying turn.

Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2013 20 year old Antonia Clarke (represented by Troika) plays the 16 year old daughter. Antonia was recently seen in two other ghostly roles in ITV's supernatural drama Lightfields and the BBC's psychological drama The Thirteenth Tale.

Rising star Adam Thomas Wright (represented by Susi Earnshaw Management) plays her younger brother. 13 year old Adam recently won a scholarship to Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and will next be seen playing a young Tom Payne in medieval period feature The Physician.

Matthew Modine and Olivia Williams star as their parents.

Altar was cast by Amy Hubbard, with filming scheduled to complete by the beginning of February.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Grandpa in my Pocket returns with two new young stars

CBeebies' BAFTA-nominated series Grandpa in my Pocket returns for a fourth series with two new young stars.

Sezen Djouma plays  Elsie and Harvey Thorn is Josh, who come to stay for the summer and the now teenage Jason (played by Jay Ruckley) lets them in on my secret life. 

James Bolam, one of the country’s favourite actors, returns as Grandpa but in this series he has new grandchildren in tow. He said of the young cast members:

"I think Harvey is brilliant as Josh and Sezen is absolutely delightful as Elsie. They were both a little nervous at the start, but they soon settled in and licked all us adults into shape. They’re both so natural, and keen, so a real pleasure to work with. They really "live" the stories. It's been a fantastic experience for them both working with such an experienced cast and they've learned a lot.

And Jason and Jemima are both still in this series too which gives the whole thing such great continuity. It was lovely to film with Jay (who plays Jason) again but I got a bit of a shock on the first day when this teenager walked in! I’d almost forgotten it’s been about three years since we filmed the last series. But we picked up where we’d left off really and that was grand. And Josie Cable, who plays Jemima, has really blossomed too and gives a lovely performance."

Grandson Jason is now a teenager, so it’s the turn of cousins Josh and Elsie to discover the secret of their Grandpa’s magic Shrinking Cap. The family has moved to a delightful windmill - The Mill on the Marsh - which they run as a small hotel. As various bizarre guests turn up, Grandpa has to shrink to save the day. He flies off in Josh’s toy helicopter or on Elsie’s Mrs Ostrich, creating chaos all over Sunnysands.

The 52 new episodes of Grandpa in my Pocket will return to CBeebies this January, date and time to be confirmed.