Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Kids Casting Agency

A new Channel 4 observational documentary series called The Kids Casting Agency will take a look inside Bizzykidz, one of the largest children’s talent agencies in the UK, to enter the extraordinary and competitive world of young stars, wannabe models and some of their powerhouse parents, many of whom are chasing fame and fortune before they’ve even left school.

The four one-hour episodes will follow these children and their parents from the highs and lows of competitive casting to winning some of the most exciting jobs in show business. From dressing as zombies in the rain, jetting off to the Caribbean for a modelling shoot and appearing in a West End show we observe the pressures of trying to make a name for yourself under not only the spotlight, but also the watchful gaze of mum and dad.

Bizzykidz Talent agency is run by no-nonsense owner Debi, who alongside her team, navigates the careers of over 1,300 wannabes. From models to actresses, singers and dancers, they cover the full spectrum of the performers of the future. The series will circumnavigate this sometimes cut throat industry, whether you are 6 or 16. According to the agency no age is too young to start a busy career in the industry, modelling is one of the only professions where you can start working within a few days of being born. You can even have your face splashed across billboards and social media accounts before you’ve spoken your first words. Whether you are the son of an ex-banker, a pair of sisters both trying to make it big or a 10 month old whose mother wants to be able to afford private education, there are a whole range of motivations for wanting to become a star, and we’ll meet them all.

Commissioning Editor David Brindley says, ‘From future pop stars to powerhouse parents, wannabe models to musical theatre stars, The Kids Casting Agency is as entertaining as the world in which it’s set. From within one of Britain’s busiest kids casting agencies, this series uncovers a fascinating world, discovering why children want to become famous and how their parents feel about entering this cut-throat world. It’s a series full of warmth and wit, celebrating Britain’s most talented tots.’

Twofour’s Creative Director David Clews says, “We live in a society where fame has never been more accessible for children, but as this series reveals it takes hard work, talent and a lot of cuteness to reach the top of your game, especially when you’re 4 feet tall. We’ll take the viewer centre stage of the exciting world of child talent as kids and parents chase their ultimate dream.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The White King

In his first feature film role, newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch leads the cast in dystopian drama The White King, starring as 12 year Djata.

Based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, The White King follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother, played by Agyness Deyn, are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.

Lorenzo (represented by Abacus) began his professional acting career on stage in 2012 playing Richard, Duke of York in ‘Richard III’ at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, directed by Tim Carroll. He was cast as the young Gary Kasparov in The Donmar Warehouse production of Matt Charman's play ‘The Machine’. His first TV appearance was in an episode of the second season of the BBC series Atlantis.

The young members of the cast also include Malachi Hallet (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) as Shabby, Louis Suc (represented by DAA Management) as Bruno, and William Ahern (represented by Daisy & Dukes) as Big Dan.

The film also stars Jonathan Pryce and Fiona Shaw as Djata's grandparents with Greta Scacchi, Ólafur Darri Ólaffson ,Clare-Hope Ashitey, and Jeffrey and Matthew Postlethwaite, also in the cast.

Official Synopsis:
When Djata’s father is taken away by the authorities, the boy wants to believe his mother’s lie: that he is off doing important work for the nation. But before long, Djata learns the dreadful truth. As Djata and his mother are labeled traitors by proxy and are increasingly alienated from society, they are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse, corrupt military officials, estranged patriotic grandparents and a vicious teenage gang. The brutal, deadly regime under which they live force them to risk everything to reunite the family.

The White King is the feature debut of directors Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel, It was filmed in Hungary over the summer in 2015, and is due for release later this year.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Casting call for young boy aged 9 - 12 years

Sophie Holland Casting are looking for genuinely working class kids who have a natural acting style for a short film about loss.

It’s a story about a young boy and his dad who are both dealing with the loss of the boys mother. Mark Waites, one of Mother’s founding partners, has written the script and will also direct.

Production details
Production dates (eg. shoot, rehearsals) : 21st-25th March 2016
Location:  London
Director    Mark Waites
Producer   James Turnham
Pay category   Equity/PACT
Company   MOTHER
Casting director   Sophie Holland
Casting details    Meetings will be held this week in Central London

MASON (Male)

Aged 11 or 12 years to play 9/10.
Ideally based in or around London
He MUST be working class. Must be a naturalistic actor. We need him to be able to be vulnerable and real. Think 'The Arbour' or 'This is England'.
He must be comfortable around horses but if not familiar we're happy to arrange for him to spend time with the horse before filming.

Playing age 9 - 12 years
Height  Any
Appearance  White

Please email suggestions to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Closing date:  31/01/2016 : 23:59

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Looking for multi-talented actors, singers and dancers

D&B Management is looking for multi-talented actors, singers, dancers aged 16-22 for the first series of an exciting new television docu-soap commissioned by a major TV Channel - confirmed to start filming end of February.

If you feel you have something to offer and would be interested in auditioning for this truly exciting project, please submit a short 1 minute video highlighting both your performance skills and personality no later than Monday 25th January.

Successful applicants will be asked to fill in a survey and recalled for auditions and interviews on the 27th/28th/29th January.

Self tapes need to be uploaded to a video sharing site such as dropbox, vimeo, youtube or wetransfer and emailed to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED


Monday, January 18, 2016

Casting call for short film

Writer/Director Dean Leon Anderson is currently casting for his latest short film:

There are 2 roles available for a new drama short film called 'Class 15'. Ideally both actors will be London based.

- (ALICIA) Female, aged 6-9 years old, Mixed race ethnicity only (Black and white)

- (SHANE) Male, aged 7-13 years old, Black.

The short film begins ten years in the past, so therefore we will need a young version of our lead characters for one scene.

Filming is likely to take place on the 16th February.

We welcome any applications from parents that may have a son or daughter who fits our roles.

Please contact Dean on THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Worldwide casting call for Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a major new sci-fi feature film to be directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is based on the cult sci-fi book of the same name, written by Ernie Cline.

The book takes place in 2044 and follows the story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS. A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire.

A worldwide online casting call is now searching for three young actors to join 22 year old British actress Olivia Cooke, who has already been cast as the female lead, Samantha Evelyn Cook, a successful musician from Canada and fellow player who Wade has a crush on.


WADE WATTS: 18-19 yrs old, male, clean cut with a sense of humor, overweight or underweight. A sincere and passionate player in the Oasis. Not the most confident guy outside the Oasis, but Wade gains boldness & nerve as his worlds collide. He uses his skills & the support of his friends to rise above each challenge.

SHOTO: 10-13 yrs old, male, to play Chinese, hip & knowing for his age. He speaks MANDARIN AND English FLUENTLY. Wade's friend in the Oasis who joins with him to complete the competition. Please note: Actor should be bilingual: Mandarin and English (Applications must be submitted by parent or legal guardian if applicant is under 18 years of age).

DAITO: 20 yrs old, male, to play Japanese. Speaks JAPANESE AND English FLUENTLY. One of Wade's friends in the Oasis who joins with him to complete the competition. Please note: Actor should be bilingual: Japanese and English.


Auditions are open to anyone worldwide that fits the descriptions above.

Complete the audition form on ReadyPlayerOneMovieCasting.Com

Record your audition following the taping instructions provided and then upload your video along with your headshot and/or photo via the Cast It Website.You can record your audition using a video camera, computer or smart phone.

The film is scheduled to shoot in June this year with an anticipated release date in December 2017.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

First look at Sing Street

Here's a first look at newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who stars alongside Lucy Boynton in a coming-of-age film set in 1980s Dublin, featuring a memorable '80s soundtrack with hits from the likes of The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, The Jam and Genesis.

Talented singer Ferdia, from Wicklow, who has his own band in reality, stars as 14 year old Conor, who is forced out of his comfortable private school by an economic recession and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.
21 year old Lucy Boynton (represented by United Agents), who previously starred in the BBC's Ballet Shoes and more recently Canal+'s The Borgias co-stars as the mysterious and ultra-cool Raphina, whose heart Conor aims to win by inviting her to star in his band's music videos.

She agrees, and Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos.

The film also stars Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Conor's parents, and Jack Reynor as his older brother.

Sing Street is written and directed by John Carney, and was cast by Louise Kiely.

Lionsgate UK will release Sing Street in cinemas in Ireland on 18th March and across the UK on 22nd April 2016.

Check out the trailer below:

Friday, January 15, 2016

First look at new BBC Three drama Thirteen

My Mad Fat Diary star Jodie Comer (represented by Independent Talent) leads the cast in Thirteen, the first new series to come to BBC Three in 2016 since it moved online.

She stars as 26 year old Ivy Moxham  who escapes from the cellar that's been her prison for the last thirteen years. Returning home to her family and to her life, this is only the beginning of the story.

Aneurin Barnard (represented by The Artists Partnership) plays Tim Hobson, Ivy’s boyfriend and one of the people helping her rehabilitate herself as she re-enters society.

Thirteen explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under the greatest pressure. How to feel again, chance love again. It is a psychological drama about who to trust when you can't even trust yourself. Ivy Moxam is a young girl. Ivy Moxam is a woman. Ivy Moxam is whoever you want her to be.

The cast also includes Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Melina Matthews, Chipo Chung, Colin Mace, Suzette Llewellyn and Charles Babalola.

The five-part drama is directed by Vanessa Caswill (My Mad Fat Diary, Flea) and China Moo-Young (Humans, Spotless) and written by Marnie Dickens.

The series was cast by Rebecca Wright.

Thirteen was filmed in and around Bristol. and will be available in late February on BBC3, and will be subsequently broadcast on either BBC1 or BBC2

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kiss Me First

An adaptation of Lottie Moggach's best-selling Young Adult novel Kiss Me First is coming to E4 and Netflix.

And the new six-part series has been written by the creator of Skins, Bryan Elsley.

Described as an innovative and emotional thriller,  Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17 year old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.

The series will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world sequences to create the parallel worlds of Leila and Tess’ real life and that of their online alteregos ‘Shadowfax’ and ‘Mania’ in the virtual world of Agora.

It will also feature state of the art animation sequences evoking the world of Agora and the stories of the young people who meet clandestinely there. This virtual world alongside live action narrative will provide a platform for exploring the loneliness and isolation experienced by young people and the disparity between appearance and reality in the social media age.

Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at Channel 4, said; “This is a thrilling and truly ground-breaking series which takes an emotional look at the lives of a group of young gamers and the truth which exists behind their online life. We are thrilled to be welcoming Bryan Elsley back to E4 to lead a group of new writers and to helm this exciting new show.”

Bryan Elsley, writer and Executive Producer, added; “I'm very excited to be working with E4 again alongside Balloon, award winning Kindle Entertainment, Netflix and our brilliant animators Axis. We hope to thrill and mystify our audience on a headlong ride through emotions, intrigue and virtual reality.”

The series will be produced by Balloon – the production company co-owned by Bryan Elsley and Harry Enfield - and Kindle Entertainment for Channel 4 in association with Netflix.

Production on Kiss Me First will begin in 2016, with casting still to be announced.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Meet the two Eastenders newcomers

Meet the two new young actors who have joined the Eastenders cast this month.

18 year newcomer Tilly Keeper (represented by D&B) from Chislehurst takes on the role of Louise Mitchell, her first television role.

The daughter of Lisa Fowler and Phil Mitchell, Louise was last seen in EastEnders back in August 2010 after she had been living with Phil. Louise was reunited with Lisa after Peggy feared Phil was in no state to look after his daughter. Shortly after, Phil turned up to visit Louise but was stunned to find her and Lisa had vanished. How will the pair react when they finally come face-to-face again? Now fourteen years old, Louise has a fraught relationship with her mum and is determined to become a true Mitchell. However will she be able to look past Phil’s out of control drinking and how will she fit in with the rest of the Mitchell clan including her half-brother, Ben?

On joining the show, Tilly Keeper says: “I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders, especially to be joining the Mitchell clan! It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to get stuck into the role and see what lies in store for Louise.”

22 year old Joivan Wade (represented by Sainou) will also be joining the cast as Jordan Johnson, the son of 'evil' Lucas. Jordan, now 20, left Walford in 2010 to live with his aunt but returns an angry and damaged young man who will turn Denise and her family’s lives upside down.

Joivan, a graduate of The Brit School, is a co-writer and star of the critically acclaimed online comedy series Mandem on The Wall, and was a series regular in two series of E4's Youngers. He starred as Rigsy in recent Series 8 of Doctor Who to massive critical acclaim and will return for Series 9.

On landing the role Joivan said: “Coming into EastEnders is an absolute dream. Jordan is going through a very tough time and needs people in his corner but with a Dad like Lucas will he be able to trust anyone? It’s going to be brilliant to play him and I can’t wait to get started.”

Monday, January 4, 2016