Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Noughts and Crosses

The BBC announced today at Edinburgh International Television Festival an adaptation of  Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel Noughts and Crosses.
The enthralling story of first love in a dangerous, adrenalin-fuelled fictional dystopia is to be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a new BBC One series, produced by Mammoth Screen.
Divided by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice, Sephy and Callum are fighting for more than simply the right to be together, in a contemporary dystopian State where strict race laws make daily existence a matter of life and death.

Sephy is a ‘Cross’, a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum is a ‘Nought’, a white member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood but that’s as far as it can go for Noughts and Crosses must never fall in love. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and powerful rebellion mounting on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy and Callum which will lead them both into terrible danger.

The adaptation is based on the first book in the Noughts And Crosses series for young adults, which has won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among other accolades. The author, Malorie Blackman OBE, was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

Malorie Blackman said of the announcement: "I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosses will be dramatised by the BBC - it couldn't have found a better home. Callum and Sephy seem to have meant a lot to readers over the years and I’m excited at the prospect of watching them on my TV!”

Charlotte Moore, the Director of BBC Content added: "Noughts and Crosses is the definitive book for a young adult audience and the perfect fit for BBC One. Superb, high octane compulsive storytelling set within an alternative history that explores really relevant themes about race, privilege and how we treat each other."

Levi David Addai, who is adapting the book with Matthew Graham, commented: "I'm honoured to be trusted with bringing Malorie Blackman's superb novel to a BBC One audience. It's a powerful story drawing on themes of hope, love and identity, set in a brilliantly conceived world that makes us think again about our own."

‎Preethi Mavahalli, Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen, said: "Noughts and Crosses is a thought-provoking, landmark work of contemporary British fiction. We’re immensely excited to be bringing this gripping story to life; Malorie’s book series has a huge fan base, and the themes of the book are more relevant than ever.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Casting for ITV drama series 'Fearless'

Alex Johnson Casting are looking for a boy between the ages of 12- 15 years to play Jason in Fearless, a new 6 part TV series for ITV., starring Helen McCrory.

Must have a Suffolk/ Norfolk accent.

Production details:
Production dates:  Mid September onwards to end of Dec.
Production location: London/UK, United Kingdom

Director: Pete Travis

Casting Brief:

Jason (12- 15 years)
He is working class and has grown up in Suffolk so we need someone with an accent from that region (Suffolk, Norfolk). He is a tough but vulnerable 13 year old who has a difficult relationship with his Father. His childhood has been hard. We do need a boy, not a full blown young man, and a great young actor.

To Apply:

Please send the following to asap (deadline Thurs 25th Aug):
Full name:
Contact details
Where based
Age & DOB
Acting CV
Plus please send a clip (around 2 minutes) introducing yourself and detailing previous acting experience.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Bookshop casting news

Filming has started in Belfast on The Bookshop, an adaptation of the Penelope Fitzgerald novel by writer/director Isabel Coixet, about a woman, Florence Green, played by Emily Mortimer,  who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition in a small town in 1959 England, to open a bookshop. A decision which becomes a political minefield.

Honor Kneafsey stars as Christine, Florence's 10 year old bookshop assistant. Honor (represented by A&J Management), starred in the BBC drama Our Zoo, and went on the join the cast of Benidorm.

A casting call was posted on Screenterrier to find the other young star of the film, a red-headed boy. 10 year old newcomer Harvey Bennett (represented by Purple Giraffe Casting) landed the part, in his first screen role.

The film stars Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, with Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy. Charlotte Vega plays Kattie with James Lance as Milo North.

The Bookshop is a coproduction between Spain and the United Kingdom and is produced by Diagonal TV and Zephyr Films. It shoots for 5 weeks initially in Belfast and then on to Barcelona.