Monday, April 27, 2015

Casting call for TV Series

Casting is currently underway for the children in a fictionalised TV adaptation series of Nina Stibbe's bestselling memoir, Love, Nina for BBC1.

Rehearsals will be first week September and shooting period will be for a 6 weeks from 7th September.
Any child that is cast will be required to be fully licensed via the Local Education Authority and, if filming is during school time, they will be provided with tutors and chaperones- as per child licensing laws.

The children we cast in these roles need to be very bright as they have to handle a lot of complicated dialogue so only apply if you think your child is capable of this.

PAUL (10 yrs) (Male)

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS OVER THE AGE OF 12 OR IF YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE AN RP ACCENT

We will be auditioning boys who are between 9 and 12 yrs only (playing age around 10).

 

Oldest son of a successful film director and literary editor (divorced). Incredibly charismatic child – confident and quick-witted, ‘with an extraordinary capacity for happiness. always smiling and joking’. Has Riley-Day syndrome, which affects the development of his vision and nervous system, but his disabilities are not obviously visible in his appearance. 

Although physically frail, he tends to have the upper hand when it comes to verbal battles with his brother. Bolshy, determined and somewhat bloody-minded at times. An ardent West Ham supporter, he has a habit of shouting the name 'Trevor Brooking' whenever he wants to block out an uncomfortable conversation. 

An intelligent, funny, unique child.

Both boys are used to talking about adult subjects, without a complete awareness of what they are saying. Topics range from STDs, nuclear war, religion, neighbour's affairs, literature and art.


Privately educated, RP accent. 

Lead role in all 5 episodes.

Audition info: Please film your child auditioning with the attached script (see below).Can they also introduce themselves to camera briefly with an interesting/clever fact. Once you have taped your child please upload to either vimeo or youtube or any other site where we can stream the audition. Or if the video file is small enough attach it to the email. We do not want to have to download audition videos. If your child is successful we will be in touch to bring them in for a casting in London. Please note we can not respond to each individual audition.

BEN (9 yrs) (Male)

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS OVER THE AGE OF 12, OR UNDER THE AGE OF 9 OR IF YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE AN RP ACCENT

We will be auditioning boys who are between 9 and 12 yrs only (playing age around 9). Please note - we will consider exceptional 8 yr olds, if they will turn 9 before then end of August 2015. 

Youngest son of a successful film director and literary editor (divorced). Physically confident, emotionally more robust and straightforward than his older brother, Paul. 
Un-self-consciously blunt, quick-witted, and always has an answer for everything. Both boys are used to talking about adult subjects, without a complete awareness of what they are saying, including occasionally swearing. Topics range from STDs, nuclear war, religion, neighbour's affairs, literature and art. 
Privately educated, RP accent.
Lead role in all 5 episodes.

Audition info: Please film your child auditioning with the attached script (see below).Can they also introduce themselves to camera briefly with an interesting/clever fact. Once you have taped your child please upload to either vimeo or youtube or any other site where we can stream the audition. Or if the video file is small enough attach it to the email. We do not want to have to download audition videos. If your child is successful we will be in touch to bring them in for a casting in London. Please note we can not respond to each individual audition.

Please send all applications to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED!

The closing date is 22nd May 2015.

To download the audition scripts please click on the links below:

Download Ben Audition Sides

Download Paul Audition Sides


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Meet the stars of Hetty Feather

The highly anticipated  brand new ten-part CBBC period drama series Hetty Feather, adapted from the best-selling book by Jacqueline Wilson will start on Monday 11th May on CBBC.

Set in London in 1887, the series centres around the story of our indomitable heroine Hetty Feather as she is returned to the awe-inspiring institution of the Foundling Hospital, the place where she was deposited as an infant and which she is to now call home.

Joining Hetty, played by Isabel Clifton, in her adventures are Dasharn Anderson as her foundling brother Gideon, and Gus Barry as boy's gang leader Mathias, with Polly Allen as bully Sheila.

13-year-old Isabel Clifton (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) stars as Hetty in her first professional screen role. Isabel trains at Singer Stage School in Essex . Isabel said “Sandra told me the news I had been made an offer to play ‘Hetty’ while I was helping at the stage school’s annual audition day. My best birthday present ever”.

14 year old Dasharn Anderson (represented by Galloways and Jessica Elliott Management) from Lewisham, previously appeared in Truckers playing Ashley Walters' son, and he'll also be seen in the new series of Doctor Who.

14 year Gus Barry (represented by A&J Management) from Essex, played the role of Jem in the award winning production of  To Kill a Mockingbird at Regents Park and has an impressive CV with roles in The Escape Artist, Penny Dreadful, and Wolf Hall, as well as feature films Black Sea and Deadly Intent.

TV newcomer Polly Allen (represented by RKA Talent) from Surrey, stars as Hetty's arch enemy, Sheila Ormsby, Polly has previously appeared on the West End stage as Keeley Gibson and Angela Robson in Billy Elliot, and as Veruca Salt in the original cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.



In episode one young Hetty and her foundling brother Gideon must leave their foster family and return to the Foundling Hospital where Matron rules with an iron fist. If that wasn’t bad enough, Hetty also has to content with bully Sheila and her clutch of comrades known as the She Mob. But things look up when Hetty meets up with Mathias and the gang from the boys' wing and they hatch a high risk plan to escape the hospital for good. Can they scale the walls in search of freedom or will Matron and the She Mob catch and punish them?

Hetty Feather starts on Monday 11th May at 5pm on the CBBC Channel.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Open Casting in Dublin

OPEN CASTING FOR FEATURE FILM - MALE ACTORS - AGED 14-20

Louise Kiely Casting are holding an OPEN CASTING in DUBLIN for 2 MALE LEAD ROLES in a VERY COOL FEATURE FILM, shooting in AUTUMN TIME.

IRISH MALES - ACTUAL AGE 14 - 20 YEARS 

VENUE: FilmBase Temple Bar
DATE: Saturday 2nd May 2015
DOORS: 11am - 4pm.

You should arrive to FilmBase early and prepare to wait. You will be asked to improvise a short scene and sing a song. If you play a guitar, please bring that too.

Under 18's must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian.

We cannot deal directly with minors or allow a minor to audition without the present consent of an adult.

GET THERE EARLY AS QUEUES ARE GUARANTEED TO BE LONG.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hetty Feather trailer

Check out the Hetty Feather trailer, a powerful new period drama, based on the stories by Dame Jacqueline Wilson of Tracy Beaker and The Dumping Ground fame. starring newcomer Isabel Clifton, coming soon to CBBC!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Antonia Thomas to star in supernatural thriller Thea

Antonia Thomas is to star a new supernatural thriller Thea which has just started filming in London. She stars alongside Luke Norris (recently seen in Poldark) as a young couple in London whose lives are turned upside down when the birth of their first child is accompanied by terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family.

Antonia (represented by Curtis Brown) graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2009 and immediately landed the role of Alisha in E4's Misfits, a role she played for three series. She was nominated for the Best Female Newcomer Empire Award for her role in hit musical-feature Sunshine on Leith. She recently played the lead role of Evie in new comedy series Scrotal Recall for Channel 4 as well as the love interest in last summer's hit Northern Soul on the big screen.

Directed by Nirpal Bhogal (Sket, Misfits) and produced by Uzma Hasan (The Infidel), Thea is co-produced by Gareth Roberts and Jezz Vernon, with Paul Hyett taking on duties as the SFX creature designer while the team behind electro outfit Gazelle Twin will be comprising an original score under the moniker Newt and Benge.

The film is a co-production between Little House Productions and Moli Films and is set for a UK/Ireland release.

The Trapp Family - A Life in Music



To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, a new film The Trapp Family - A Life in Music is in production in Salzburg. The film, which tells the story behind the legend, is based on the autobiography of Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter.

23 year old British actress Eliza Bennett leads the cast as Agathe, starring with Matthew Macfadyen as her father Georg von Trapp alongside an international cast, whilst Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Agathe.

Eliza (represented by Independent Talent) starred in Nanny McPhee and Inkheart as a child, and more recently in thrillers F and Confine, she also appeared in the second series of Broadchurch.

The Trapp Family - A Life in Music tells the story of Agathe, who has been searching for her path in life since her youth: She is the eldest daughter among many siblings, and her relationship with her father, the distinguished marine officer Georg von Trapp (Matthew Macfadyen) and his second wife Maria von Trapp, played by Yvonne Catterfeld, is often difficult.

She develops her beautiful voice and stimulating musical talent together with her family and with the support of the famous singer Lotte Lehmann (opera singer Annette Dasch). She constantly struggles for the love of her childhood sweetheart Sigi (Johannes Nussbaum) and, not least, she must confront the menacing political and social constellations and the rise of fascism in Germany and Austria. Emigration to the U.S. finally brings a decisive step toward freedom and world success.

How Agathe von Trapp found and shaped her own life, with empathy and commitment, emotionally and courageously; how she took up every challenge and never let go of her dream; how she faced problems and ultimately went her own way – this is what Agathe (Vanessa Redgrave) reports many years later in the new American home of her young niece who, just like her, has reached a crossroads and must take important decisions.

The Trapp Family is directed by Ben Verbong, the script was written by Tim Sullivan and Christoph Silber, based on the autobiography "Memories Before and After the Sound of Music" by Agathe von Trapp (1913-2010).

The film is shooting from April until mid June in Salzburg and surroundings as well as in Bavaria, and is set for a European release in Winter 2015/2016.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Midwinter of The Spirit

20 year old newcomer Sally Messham, a final year student at RADA, has been cast as Jane Watkins, the daughter of exorcist Merrily,  in ITV Encore’s new three-part drama Midwinter of the Spirit.

Sally (represented by Curtis Brown), will leave RADA early to take up the role alongside the double BAFTA award-winning actress Anna Maxwell-Martin who leads the cast as Merrily Watkins, a single mother who isn’t your average country vicar.

Merrily’s newly acquired training has put her on the dark side of the pulpit. She’s become one of the few women priests working as an exorcist - a job increasingly mistrusted by the modern Church and rarely talked about, even though it operates in virtually every diocese in the UK.

Merrily is deeply human in her doubts and scepticism, but her knowledge of the paranormal underworld brings her to the notice of local police who need her advice in the investigation of a grisly murder. Merrily has been through the mill emotionally of late, losing her unfaithful husband Sean in a car crash and seeking refuge in a job despised by her 16 year-old daughter, Jane (played by Sally) whose rejection of her mother's beliefs leads her into the path of danger.

Sally, who is originally from Stockton-on-Tees, commented on her casting: ‘I'm so excited to start learning from some really experienced, exceptional actors and I'm going to lap up every opportunity to soak it in - in front of and behind the camera. It's a great script and a real challenge as my character evolves dramatically over the course of the show.’

The three-part series is based on the books written by successful novelist, Phil Rickman, and has been adapted by BAFTA winning screenwriter Stephen Volk for ITV Studios, featuring Merrily Watkins as the central character.

The series also stars BAFTA winning actor David Threlfall as Rev Huw Owen, a deliverance ministry tutor and Merrily’s mentor.

Also in the cast are Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Downton Abbey, Benidorm), Ben Bailey Smith (The Four O'Clock Club, Law and Order: UK), Leila Mimmack (Home Fires, Becoming Human), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Frankenstein Chronicles), Simon Trinder (Dalziel and Pascoe, Without You), Oengus MacNamara (Game of Thrones, What If) and David Sterne (Tommy Cooper; Not Like That, Like This).

Midwinter of the Spirit will be directed by Richard Clark and filming is about to begin in Hereford.

It will be one of the first original productions to be screened on the new channel ITV Encore.

Tripped

Georgina Campbell, recently nominated for a BAFTA for her role in BBC Three's Murdered By My Boyfriend, stars alongside the Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison in a new comedy drama for E4 called Tripped.

Blake Harrison leads the cast as Danny, an average 24-year-old who has decided it’s time to grow up, settle down and marry long-term girlfriend Kate, played by Georgina Campbell, but his childhood friend Milo has other ideas and continues to focus on getting high.



23 year old George Webster (represented by Curtis Brown), who recently starred alongside Evanna Lynch in Irish romantic drama, My Name is Emily, plays Danny's stoner best friend Milo.

One night Milo takes a particularly strong batch of hallucinogens, and Danny appears in his living room - except the real Danny’s at his engagement party, and the real Danny doesn’t normally carry a sword! This Danny claims to come from another dimension, and he brings a warning - the only problem is that Milo’s too wrecked to remember what it is.

Throughout the series Danny and Milo find themselves tripping to various parallel universes where they encounter different versions of themselves, all the time being chased by a dangerous assassin, played by Richard Gadd.

Will Danny and Milo’s friendship survive their adventure in the multiverse, and will Danny manage to return to his reality and get married to his original Kate?

Tripped was commissioned following an original 60-minute pilot by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who), entitled Alt, in which Gethin Anthony, Craig Roberts, and Roxanne Mckee played the lead roles.

The new 4x60 minute series is written and co-created by brothers Harry and Jack Williams, with Jamie Mathieson a co-creator and co-writer of episode one.

Blake Harrison said: “I'm really excited to be working on Tripped! It's always frustrating when good actors make me look bad but on this show I get to have a lot of scenes with myself so I should look alright! Also they've let me have a sword so if any one brings me a cold steak I can go full medieval Clarkson on their ass!!

The series is made by Mammoth Screen, and directed by Jamie Stone.

Tripped started filming last week and will be shown on E4 later in the year.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Casting call for 12 - 14 year old girl for feature film

Kahleen Crawford Casting are currently casting for an exciting feature film with a reputable film company and are looking to find a girl aged 12-14 years old for a central role.

The character is headstrong, independent, adventurous, sensitive, ‘one of a kind’, and a loner.

This character is a younger version of our adult actress (already cast) so we are looking for a Caucasian girl, and will prioritise girls with blue or green eyes.

Filming will take place in London/surrounding areas in June and July.

All applicants MUST be able to pass for no older that 14 on camera.

Genuine English accent.

No previous drama experience is necessary, but if you do have some please highlight this in your email!

PLEASE HOLD ALL PHONE CALLS FOR THIS ROLE.

To apply:

PARENTS or GUARDIANS please email a couple of clear and recent colour photos of your daughter, along with contact numbers, where you are based, your daughter's age and D.O.B., height, and a bit about her interests to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED no later than 18th April 2015.

We will go through submissions and if it might be a fit, be in touch to ask people to self-tape or meet in the next couple of weeks.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bluer Than The Sky





CASTING UPDATE: The audition time slots have now been sent to successful applicants. Please check your spam filter, in case the message has gone astray. If you have been offered the opportunity to self-tape, we will be in touch within the next week with the scene, although we will not make final decisions until after the audition weekend. We received many hundreds of brilliant applications and could not offer auditions to all. We will, however, review previously unsuccessful applications in the event of cancellations. Thank you to all who applied for an audition for Bluer Than The Sky.




British actor Gregg Sulkin and former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell are set for the lead roles in Bluer Than The Sky, adapted for the screen by Australian director John Duigan, which is due to film in Newquay, Cornwall this autumn.

The film is based on the young adult novel Blue by British author Lisa Glass, published by Quercus in June 2014.

The love story centres around Cornish teenager Iris Fox who enters a complicated relationship with famous young pro-surfer from Hawaii, Zeke Francis.

22 year old British actor Gregg Sulkin, who moved to LA to star in Disney Channel's The Wizards of Waverley Place and is currently starring in MTV’s hit teen show Faking It, is to play Newquay bad-boy Daniel Penhaligon.

Drake Bell, best known for his role in the Nickelodeon kids series Drake & Josh, and currently voicing the lead in Ultimate Spider-Man, will play Hawaiian surfer Wes Francis.

Auditions for secondary characters and other minor speaking roles are to be held at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015, with call-backs scheduled for Monday 11th May.

Auditions will run from 9am-5pm. John Duigan and the full production team will be staying in Newquay to conduct the auditions.

To be considered for an audition, please send your bio/CV (to include age and contact details) plus 2 photos (headshot and full-length) to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED by 6pm Monday 20th April.

Swimming ability essential.
Some surfing/skateboarding ability desirable, but not essential.
Applicants must be 16 years or older.



A second event to recruit background extras will be held at a later date. Details to be confirmed in the next month.

Blue is the first novel of a trilogy, with the second instalment of the series Air, due to be published in June 2015.

Lisa’s editor at Quercus, Niamh Mulvey, said Blue will make a “fantastic film”.

She said: “Readers have really related to Iris – the down-to-earth English teenager who finds herself caught up in the glamorous pro–surfer scene. Blue is irresistibly romantic and it’s got excitement, a fascinating setting and intriguing characters.”

Production of Bluer Than The Sky is to start in September 2015, with six weeks filming on location in and around Newquay, Cornwall.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Game of Thrones audition tapes



Watch Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams audition for Game of Thrones back in 2009, ultimately landing the parts of Sansa and Arya which have shot them to stardom.



Season 5 of Game Of Thrones starts on 13th April at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Feature film casting call for teenage girl


Dixie Chassay Casting are seeking a teenage girl for a role in a feature film.

Ethnicity is open. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds e.g. Afro Caribbean, Asian, European etc. 

The film will shoot summer 2015. 

Applicants MUST be aged 16-18yrs. Playing age for role is 13-15yrs.

-Age & DOB
-Height
-Location
-Short paragraph telling us about yourself
-Clear, recent snapshot with no make up

Please email submission to: THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Man in the Box

17 year old Scottish actor John Bell leads the cast in WWII drama The Man in the Box which started filming on location near Innsbruck in Tirol (Austria) in mid-December, with filming now recommencing on location in Austria and Germany, as well as in Italy, near Bressanone.

The Man in the Box is a screen adaptation of Thomas Moran's novel by the same name, set in August 1944 in a small village in the Austrian Tyrol.

John (represented by Independent Talent) plays 15 year old Niki, who's family, with some reluctance, take into hiding a Jewish doctor who saved the boy's life before the war. A member of Hitler Youth, Niki is appalled by the idea, his mother frightened, but his father insists. Combined with the growing attraction between him and an almost blind neighbour girl (Sigi), a relationship gradually evolves between the boy and Doctor Weiss, the 'man in the box', who helps to open his eyes, amid the ever-present dangers of discovery and exposure.

John Bell made his TV debut in 2007 when he played Creet in one episode of Doctor Who after he won the role in a Blue Peter competition. He appeared in his first film role in 2009 when he starred as young orphan Tomas in A Shine of Rainbows. . He joined the cast of Tracy Beaker Returns in 2009, and in July 2011 he was named by Screenterrier as one of the top 12 British Teenage Rising Stars.

He went on to star in Wrath of the Titans and the science fiction war film Battleship, before landing the role of Bain in the epic adventure fantasy film series The Hobbit.

18 year old Celine Buckens, who made her screen debut in Warhouse, plays Sigi. Other young Brits in the cast include 17 year old Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, 20 year old Charlie Manton, and 22 year old Ryan Watson.

The Man in the Box also stars Thomas Kretschmann, and Martina Gedeck, it is directed by Arsen A Ostojic, written by Dan & Nuria Wicksman, adapted from the novel by Thomas Moran.

First look at Hetty Feather

Here's a first look at newcomer Isabel Clifton in the title role of Hetty Feather in the new CBBC series Hetty Feather, an adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

The 10-part period drama tells the story of Hetty, a flame-haired Victorian girl abandoned as a baby by her mother at the Foundling Hospital.

A timeless and compelling tale, which brings the realities of the Victorian age – good, bad, funny and tragic – to life through the eyes of the boys and girls who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. They endure the terrifying dictatorship of Matron Bottomley (played by Eva Pope). Punishments are the norm, kindness is a rarity. The Foundlings have to stick together.

This is 13 year old Isabel's first TV role, she is represented by Sandra Singer Associates.

Hetty Feather was filmed on location at Cobham Hall, a boarding school in Kent and is due to air on CBBC in May.