Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
British producer Stephen Woolley is planning a big screen version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
It will be the second major literary adaptation, after Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, to be supported by Optimum Releasing as the distributor seeks to become a major player in UK production. The film, which is also receiving backing from the UK Film Council, is being scripted by David Nicholls and is slated to shoot next year.
Woolley, a co-founder of Number 9 Films whose credits include Interview With A Vampire, brought the project to Optimum. He is promising a dark and Gothic version of the Dickens classic that will have elements of “suspense and terror”. The book has already been developed for the big screen several times, most notably by David Lean, whose 1946 adaptation starred John Mills and Alec Guinness, with Tony Wager as the young Pip. There have also been many TV adaptations.
Who would you cast as Young Pip in a 2010 production of Great Expectations?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Filming is currently underway in Newcastle of the follow-up series for the massively successful long-running CBBC series "The Story of Tracy Beaker". The 13 episode drama has Tracy Beaker (Dani Harmer) (formerly of Redroofs Theatre School, now represented by Cole Kitchenn) returning as an adult to cope with the next wave of Dumping Ground kids - a brand new cast of children with distinctive problems and from differing backgrounds.Taking one of the lead roles as Sapphire, a 14 year old with a bolshie attitude, is Saffron Coomber (represented by Mark Jermin Management) who appeared earlier this year in the CBBC hard-hitting drama Runaway, whilst another Mark Jermin client newcomer Amy Leigh Hickman from Bexhill will be playing the role of sweet 9 year old Carmen. Noah Marullo (SRA Agency) is playing the role of Gus, an autistic boy.
Beaker's Back is due to be broadcast early next year.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Screenterrier announced the casting of Jamie Campbell-Bower in New Moon back in March. Here he is as Volturi leader Caius.
He is starring alongside fellow Twilight Saga newcomer Dakota Fanning.
CBBC today announces it has commissioned another original new family drama, The Lost Christmas, for broadcast 2011/2012 on BBC One.
The Lost Christmas stars BAFTA, Olivier and two-time Emmy award-winner Eddie Izzard as Anthony, a mysterious man who appears on Manchester's snowy streets at Christmas Eve with a remarkable gift: the ability to find the lost.
LA-based feature film specialist Impact Film & Television will make 90-minute The Lost Christmas, in which Izzard plays the “strange, enigmatic” Anthony.
He wakes up in a Manchester street on Christmas Eve not knowing where he is or what he is there to do, and the drama follows him for 24 hours as he “transforms the lives of five ordinary people whose lives have been shattered by decisions of their past”.
The characters he helps include a young boy who lost his parents in a car crash, a couple who lost their child, and a man, played by Jason Flemyng, who has lost the book he used to read to his daughter.
John Hay, who wrote the 90-minute Christmas drama with Dave Logar, will also direct through Impact.
Hay told Broadcast: “Eddie and I always wanted to do something that happens in a single day, and we both love Christmas films. It’s going to be a very emotional piece and he [Izzard] is not going to do ‘funny Eddie’. It is structured like Crash, in that a string of apparently unconnected episodes piece together at the end, and has the feelgood factor of It’s A Wonderful Life.”
He added there was a “twist around the sense of self sacrifice”, in the vein of an Oscar Wilde fairytale.
Commissioned by Jay Hunt for BBC One and Anne Gilchrist for CBBC, the special 90-minute film, which also stars Jason Flemyng will be made and set in Manchester.
The drama follows hot on the heels of CBBC's other recent original family drama commissions – Ingenious by Jeanette Winterson starring Una Stubbs, and a Simon Nye adaptation of children's classic Just William.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Screenterrier has already reported on the fab cast line-up of E4's new teen drama Misfits.
The show features a hot young cast of emerging acting talent - Robert Sheehan (Red Riding), Iwan Rheon (Spring Awakening), Lauren Socha (The Unloved), Nathan Stewart Jarrett (The History Boys), and newcomer Antonia Thomas - and follows a gang of five teenage outsiders who get caught in a flash storm while on Community Service and suddenly find themselves saddled with strange superpowers.
Party-girl Alisha (Antonia Thomas) can send people into a sexual frenzy with just one touch, hard-as-nails Kelly (Lauren Socha) can suddenly hear people's thoughts, while one-time sporting hero Curtis (Nathan Stewart Jarrett) discovers he has the ability to turn back time. Even painfully shy nerd Simon (Iwan Rheon) can make himself invisible - which is what he has always felt.
...Which makes things even more painful for smart-aleck Nathan (Robert Sheehan), the only member of the ASBO gang who appears unaffected by the storm. The biggest mystery about him remains how he got his community service order in the first place - all anyone knows is there was a mysterious incident involving some pick-n-mix...
Each week the gang reluctantly step up to the plate to save each other and the rest of their community from the very thing they've all been mistaken for - the bad guys. But unlike their more conventional counterparts, they don't swap their Reebok classics and ankle tags for capes and tights. Instead, they discover just how tough life can be when you're all that stands between good and evil. Well, that and a curfew order....
Upcoming directors Tom Green and Tom Harper take the helm; the former in his television directorial debut, the latter, hot off The Scouting Book for Boys and Cubs. The series is the first major commission for writer Howard Overman (Merlin, Hustle) and will be produced by Clerkenwell Films (Afterlife, ITV's Persuasion).
Coming to E4 in November and the webisphere sooner than you think...
Screenterrier reported on the casting of newcomer Matt Morgan, 15, in new CBBC drama My Almost Famous Family back in April.
Matt (represented by Cavat Theatre Arts) makes his on-screen debut as joker Isaac but he had to make a pretty big sacrifice in order to film the show.
"I was meant to be going on a skiing trip to California with school when filming was starting," reveals Matt. "We'd started paying for it two years ago and all my friends were going, but when I found out I'd got the part we cancelled it. It was totally worth it though."
So what exactly is Isaac like?
"Well he's not slow but the world sort of goes on around him and he's not really tuned in, to be honest," he explains.
"He's sort of like the 'Joey from Friends' of the programme, he eats quite a lot and he's the one that's a bit behind everyone else. I hope I'm not like him at all!"
Isaac's the drummer in the band, so was Matt able to play the drums before the show?
"When I heard about the audition I got myself a book about learning to play the drums," explains Matt, "and every day at lunchtime I'd go into the music room and practice. Then when I started filming I had a few proper lessons."
Matt is still at school, so how did he find balancing filming and his schoolwork?
"I had three exams during filming – in maths and science, my least favourite subjects!" says Matt. "But I had a tutor so, whenever I wasn't on set, I was off working. It wasn't actually that bad. I was expecting it to be really hard but I just got down to the work."
So what's Matt's favourite storyline in the show?
"I steal a pig in one of the episodes," laughs Matt. "Annabelle says she's going to kill it so Isaac decides to save it. Isaac and Hadley even do a song about the pig and how much they love it.
"I loved working with that pig!"
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Meadows will co-write 4 x 60-minute drama serial We Were Faces with Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys, Skins), with filming scheduled to begin next spring.
This Is England, which picked up several awards including the 2008 Bafta for Best British Film, centred on young skinheads in the summer of 1983. It followed 12-year-old Shaun, played by Thomas Turgoose, and his acceptance into a group of skinheads, which is eventually split by a growing racist influence.
We Were Faces revists the main characters – Shaun, Woody and Lol – in 1986, when the World Cup was taking place in Mexico, Chris de Burgh held the number one slot and 3.4 million were unemployed in Britain.
As Shaun sits his last school exam, the realisation dawns that he will have to find his own way in the world. But friends including Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget and Pukey are around looking for love, laughs and a job.
All the main cast, including Turgoose, are expected to return.
Meadows, who has helmed movies such as Twentyfoureven, Dead Man’s Shoes and A Room for Romeo Brass, said: “When I finished This is England, I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further.
“Audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my long-standing relationship with Film 4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed.
“Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I also saw in the experiences of the young in 1986 many resonances to new – recession, lack of jobs, sense of the world at a turning point.
“Whereas the film told part of the story, the TV serial will tell the rest.”
Commissioned by C4 head of drama Liza Marshall, it will be made by Warp Films with Mark Herbert as series producer and Derrin Schlesinger as producer.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monarch Of The Glen creator Michael Chaplin is adapting the latest novel by the author of Goodnight Mister Tom for ITV.
Michelle Magorian’s new novel, Just Henry, is a post-war thriller targeted at early-teens and is being developed by ITV Studios as a 90-minute family drama.
Just Henry, which was published last year, centres on a young film enthusiast, Henry, whose father died in the war. The book is set in late 1949 and fourteen year old Henry lives with his mother, stepfather, little sister and his Gran. Henry knows his father died a hero and, in his eyes, 'Uncle Bill' does not match up and Gran agrees.
When his school sets a group project, Henry is disgusted to be teamed with Jefferies, the son of a man who went AWOL and Pip, a boy who was born illegitimately.
However, when a women Henry meets at the cinema lends him a camera for the project, he makes a discovery that throws his world into turmoil and makes him reappraise his judgemental behaviour.
“Henry will need his new friends when he processes the film and makes an alarming discovery. Like a bomb waiting to explode, Henry’s world is about to unravel,” said Magorian’s publisher, Egmont.
Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom, another teen novel set in wartime Britain, was a major hit for ITV in 1999.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Shank's cast includes Adam Deacon / BASHY / Michael Socha / Kaya Scodelario / Jan Uddin / Jennie Jacques / Kedar Williams-Stirling.
They are looking for male and female extras of all ages and ethnicity to take part in this multicultural film shooting in and around Elephant & Castle.
Filming dates are the 31st August – 26th September 2009.
For roles in the film please email your mobile, age, photo and dates available to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is a low budget film and with no budget, therefore this is an UNPAID role with lunch provided. Filming will be from 8am until 6pm Mon to Sat most days apart from 15th Sept where the day is 8am until 10pm and a night shoot on 18th September.
Note: All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Screenterrier has already reported on the casting of Angus Harrison as Hadley, Matt Morgan as Isaac, Alice Henley as Annabelle, and Dominique Moore as Aretha.
The full line-up has now been announced.
Newcomer Naomi Battrick will play 15 year old Toyah.
"This is my first big television part," reveals Naomi Battrick, 18.Naomi had to totally transform herself by dyeing her blonde hair red for the part.
"When I got the part I went for a costume and wardrobe test and they told me they had a couple of ideas to dye my hair. They put an auburn wig on me and I quite liked it so we went for it," reveals Naomi.
"I thought it looked good and it was quite nice to know that if I ever did want to dye my hair when I'm older, it won't look like I'm wearing a wig. I got used to it after a month and everyone started saying to me, 'Gosh, I couldn't imagine you blonde!'"
"I hadn't done any acting before, this was my very first time," reveals Rachel, who loves English and science at school. "I'd always wanted to act."
So how did Rachel get the part of Martha, who is deaf?
"My sign language teacher told me about it, so I sent off a DVD audition – and they chose me," explains Rachel. "Then I went and did an audition, which was quite scary, and they chose me again!"
So what's Martha like?
"Martha is the one who sorts out all the problems," giggles Rachel.
"She's funny and sometimes bosses the others around. I would like to be like her as she's fantastic! I got to wear very nice clothes as Martha – if there's a party she has to wear something pink and purple. I got to keep some of the clothes too!"
Martha is deaf and Rachel has been able to sign for years as both her parents are deaf, and she attends a school which has a unit for a number of deaf children who are integrated into the school.
"I learnt to do sign language when I was very little. It was quite hard at first, but then it got easier," she reveals. "In the end me and the signing teacher had to teach all of the cast how to sign."
Some more casting decisions have been announced for HBO's highly-anticipated pilot/series Game of Thrones, which is due to start filming in October in Northern Ireland, joining Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey.
22 year old Tamzin Merchant (My Family and Other Animals, The Tudors) will take the role of 18 year old Daenerys.
Alfie Allen has been cast as the 19 year old Theon Greyjoy, with Richard Madden as the young Robb Stark. (Richard has also just finished filming on Chatroom).
The two youngest girls will be played by two unknown (but not for much longer!) newcomers:
13 year old Sophie Turner (member of Playbox Theatre) from Leamington will play Sansa
and Maisie Williams from Bristol will be the 11 year old Arya.
No news yet on the casting of young Bran, it appears this is proving to be one of the trickiest roles to cast.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The stand-out star of successful BBC comedy show Outnumbered will appear this autumn in the BBC's biopic of the life of Enid Blyton. Seven year old Ramona Marquez will play Imogen, one of Enid Blyton's daughters.
Acclaimed actress Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd) leads the cast in Enid Blyton (working title), a major one-off drama from Carnival Film & Television for BBC Four. Matthew Macfadyen and Denis Lawson also star.
Helena Bonham Carter says: "It's a long time since I have read such a well written script with as complex and fascinating a character as Enid. I hope I do her justice. And I hope I get to drink lashings of ginger beer."
One of the most recognised storytellers of all time, Enid Blyton's charming characters and classic tales have enchanted countless generations of children all over the world for almost 80 years.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
After holding open auditions back in January, CBBC's latest comedy-drama with a musical twist My Almost Famous Family is highly-anticipated.
Each glossy, bespoke, "making-of" half-hour combines key interviews with the main cast and crew, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and clips.
This first programme introduces viewers to the story of My Almost Famous Family, setting up the main characters and exploring how the series has been made – from building the sets, to creating the music and filming a food fight!
As well as providing an exciting insight into the series, Backstage also gives viewers an opportunity to see all the work that goes into getting a drama on the air.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Screenterrier reported back in June that one of its Faces to Watch for 2009 Jo Woodcock had been cast in BBC daytime drama Land Girls.
Filming is now complete and more details from the BBC:
Jo Woodcock (Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, All The Small Things) plays bright-eyed Bea – a 17-year-old innocent who lies about her age to join the WLA, discovering a world of adventure as a result.
Inquisitive and fun-loving, Bea is headstrong with a desire to change the world. Sometimes irritating due to her constant energy, Bea will happily launch campaigns for justice, albeit ill-thought out ones.
Bea fluctuates between being a child and being a woman and struggles to navigate a course between the two states. Her older sister Annie has always looked after her, and it's no different now they're both land girls.
However, being away from the constraints of home with all the wonders of the country, meeting boys and living with other girls, Annie has her work cut out keeping her sister on the straight and narrow.
When Annie isn't there to keep her in line, things go seriously awry for Bea.
Bea is cheeky and mischievous, and, although she's been taught to respect authority, it doesn't stop her sometimes asking questions and trying to find a different way to tackle an issue.
Jo enjoyed portraying Bea's enthusiasm and sense of fairness.
"She doesn't know it's not the done thing to speak her mind sometimes, for example, she speaks up about the bad treatment of black troops. When she sees injustice she goes for it."
Adds Jo: "It's always a joy to do a period piece because it takes you out of yourself, although some of the personal issues they faced are just like normal life today.
"Bea goes on a journey from childhood into womanhood. She starts off as very wide-eyed and we see her grow up so quickly. It was exciting to take her on that adventure. It was also quite good to play being pregnant as I've never done that before – but it was a bit hot. I was sweating under my bump!"
Filming in the Warwickshire countryside was another bonus for Jo.
"I'm London-based and have been for 10 years but I was born in Pembury in Kent and for the first 11 years of my life I lived in a village. I've also had country 'work experience' on Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. Bea is almost the opposite of that, she comes from a built-up area, so everything is new and exciting for her."
Jo will also be seen later in the year in BBC Switch teen drama The Well.
Teen actress Eliza Bennett has moved on for her child-friendly roles in the likes of Nanny Mcphee, Inkheart and From Time to Time, and has just completed filming on a teen horror movie "F". Billed as "a terrifying thriller about a group of teachers trapped in a school after hours by a group of hooded kids. The film is set in the vast and deserted labyrinth of endless corridors and empty classrooms of one of the largest schools in Europe."
Eliza is picture here with fellow teen actor Max Fowler who plays "Jake", he is also a professional screen fighter.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Look out for two child actors set to star in a new BBC drama adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. 12 year old Eva Sayer (represented by A&J Management) plays the mercurial 9 year old Flora, Eva was seen last year as Miranda in Tom Shankland's horror feature "The Children".
10 year old Josef Lindsay from Buckinghamshire (represented by Jackie Palmer) plays her brother Miles.
The Turn Of The Screw tells the story of a young governess, Ann (Michelle Dockery), who is sent to a country house to take care of two orphans, Miles (Josef Lindsay) and Flora (Eva Sayer).
Shortly after Ann begins her duties, Miles is expelled from boarding school for being "a threat to the other boys" and Ann fears that there is something else behind the expulsion. She is, however, too charmed by the adorable young boy to want to press the issue.
Ann starts to see the figures of a man and woman around the grounds of the estate. The figures come and go at will without ever being seen or challenged by other members of the household, and they seem to Ann to be supernatural.
She learns that her predecessor, Miss Jessel (Katie Lightfoot) and her illicit lover Peter Quint (Edward MacLiam), another former servant of the household, a clever but abusive man, both died under curious circumstances. Prior to their death, they spent most of their time with Flora and Miles, and this fact takes on a grim significance for Ann when she becomes convinced that the two children are secretly aware of the presence of the ghosts.
Ann soon becomes obsessed with the belief that malevolent forces are stalking the children in her care, manipulating Miles and Flora and even using them to continue their relationship from beyond the grave. Ann determines to save her charges from these supernatural beings, but this comes at huge cost to herself and her sanity.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a ghost story for the adults to watch in front of the fire when the children are in bed, and they don't get more chilling than this bold reimagining of the classic Henry James tale."
Filming begins in August on location in Bristol and the West Country, including Brympton D'Evercy near Yeovil in Somerset.
Filming has just completed on the new E4 drama Misfits which features five unruly teenagers on community service who gain strange powers after they are caught in a freak storm. Used to being demonised by society, they grudgingly try to save their home town - while having to work around their curfews.
C4 head of drama Liza Marshall described the show as "a very British, very funny take on superheroes" with more appeal to Skins viewers than comic-book fans. Unusually, given its subject, it will feature no special effects.
There's a fantastic young cast lined up including:
The gorgeous young Irish actor Robert Sheehan who gave a standout performance as BJ in the Red Riding trilogy.
Welsh actor Iwan Rheon (graduate of LAMDA and represented by Curtis Brown) who gave a virtuoso performance as Moritz in teen musical Spring Awakening in the West End. (And another Spring Awakening star Jamie Blackley will also be making an appearance in Misfits).
Nottinghamshire actress Lauren Socha (now represented by Conway Van Gelder) who starred in Samantha Morton's recent directorial debut The Unloved.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, a graduate of the Brit School and Central drama school.
And newcomer Antonia Thomas (represented by Curtis Brown), a veteran of the National Youth Theatre.
Also appearing will be Amy Beth Hayes, who recently starred as Daisy in the ITV celebrity drama Whatever It takes.
Misfits is also note-worthy for having a young director, Tom Green, who featured as one of Screen Daily's Stars of Tomorrow.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
12 year old HANNAH GODFREY (represented by Laine Management) has been cast as Sally, the lead role in the new CBBC show 'Ingenious'.
Hannah has also recently filmed a role in the new BBC Sci-Fi series "Paradox".
Ingenious, produced by Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks, Apparitions), is a one-off drama from the pen of Jeanette Winterson and especially written for CBBC. It is currently filming in Cheshire.
It tells the story of 11-year-old Sally, who lives on a farm in Alderley Edge with her grandmother (played by Una Stubbs), and her friends Spike and Patch.
They never imagined that the genies they read about in The Arabian Nights might actually exist, until they find an ancient glass bottle with something inside. Their new friend's arrival in this world marks the beginning of an exciting adventure, a fast mix of the crazy and the curious, the magical and the mundane.
But something else is happening on Alderley Edge. The telescope at Jodrell Bank has been picking up strange signals and local author Lucas Summer (David Calder) thinks there may be a dragon in the land.
It is left to the three kids, with some help from their new friends, to find the dragon, work out what he wants and to save Ruby Farm.
Ingenious is due to screen on BBC1 in the autumn.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
One of Screenterrier's hotly anticipated films for 2009 is "Cracks", which will showcase some of the UK's finest up-and-coming actresses.
An open casting call was held in the spring of 2008 by Shaheen Baig to find the young girls for the film.
The completed film stars Eva Green and Sinead Cusack whilst the young girls are:
Juno Temple (pictured) as Di, who as a maturity and charisma that compel everyone to follow her without question – a born leader. She has a wicked sense of cynicism and humour, coupled with intelligence.
Imogen Poots (represented by Independent Talent) (who has just wrapped on another film to watch out for Chatroom) as Poppy, who is completely over dramatic and loves to be centre of attention. If she wasn’t on the diving team she would be head of the drama society.
Newcomer Ellie Nunn (daughter of theatre producer Trevor Nunn and actress Imogen Stubbs) as Lily, a classic English beauty. Extremely curious about everything. With fellow newcomer Clemmie Dugdale as Fuzzy.
Two 13 year old Dublin girls, with no previous drama experience, Adele McCann and Zoë Carroll were also cast in two key roles, Adele McCann as Laurel, and Zoe Carroll as Rosie, the youngest girls in the group.
Fiamma, the exotic interloper is played by Spanish actress Maria Valverde.
Set at an all-girl boarding school in interwar England, the film centers on a clique of students on the swim team. Eva Green (Casino Royale) stars as their provocative and charismatic coach and teacher, Miss G, who encourages a sapphic “crack”—a crush, that is—held by one of her pupils, Di, played by Juno Temple (daughter of director Julien Temple). The elite group of girls idolise their beloved teacher, Miss G but their unhealthy bond is threatened by the arrival of an exotic and beautiful foreign student whose rejection of Miss G's attention threatens the status quo and brings tragic consequences for them all.
It is the first feature film to be directed by Ridley Scott's daughter Jordan Scott and was filmed in the summer of 2008 on location in Ireland.
Friday, August 14, 2009
A new CBBC comedy drama is currently filming in Oxford Road Studios, Manchester and will air in September with three teen actors to look out for.
Jinx is a 13-part series being produced by Kindle Entertainment, which focuses on a teenager called Lulu and a magic cookbook she owns.
It's based on the successful Lulu Baker trilogy by Fiona Dunbar, the comedy-drama series charts the adventures of a truly modern-day Cinderella, and her two friends 10 year old Torquil and Frenchy.
In the original pilot made for Nickleodeon in 2007, the main part of Lulu was played by one of Screenterrier's Stars of tomorrow Holliday Grainger.
The new Lulu is 16 year old Amber Beattie (now represented by Hamilton Hodell) from Stoke Newington who starred as Gretel in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Her best friend Frenchy is played by 14 year old newcomer Gia Lodge-O'Meally from London (represented by Sylvia Young Agency)
And Chip by Ben Ryan-Davies from Manchester, who starred in last year's successful drama adaption of David Almond's novel Clay.
Torquil is played by a young actor from Manchester, James Ainsworth (represented by Linton Management).
Lulu Baker is not your typical teen, she has a very cool secret – she’s the proud owner of a magic cook book. She can bake her own gingerbread boyfriend for that school dance. She can create an extra-terrestrial to win the class debate on the existence of aliens. She can give her annoying step-brother donkey ears by feeding him a cookie. The possibilities are endless. Life would be perfect, if it weren’t for the guardian of the book: Cookie. Don’t think sweet fairy godmother, think mischievous imp. She’s the most frustrating keeper of magic that you could ever not wish for. Then there’s maddening Minty, Lulu’s new step-mum who wants to be Lulu’s BFF, and doesn’t seem to notice that she’s 35. So far so embarrassing. And then there’s terrible Torquil, Minty’s son, a trouble-making demon in the body of an angelic ten-year-old boy. Luckily Lulu has her true BFF, Frenchy, the only one who knows about the magic and the loveable but totally gullible, accident-prone Chip. Together these three friends make crazy things happen – the magic recipes rarely turn out as Lulu planned but then it’s the not-knowing anything-canhappen adventure that’s half the fun.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.
‘THE BOYS WHO SAVED THE WORLD’
Based on the novel by Sam Mills
Directed by Ufuk Gokkaya
For more details on the production please visit www.TBWSTW.com
We are looking for…
Caucasian Males (16 years old)
Roles: Jeremiah, Jon, Martyn, Raymond, Chris, Thomas
A group of young white males who have formed their own religion and kidnap a terrorist they believe is a danger to society.
Asian Females (India region & also 16 years old)
Role: Snake (Padma Laxmi)
Snake is a young Indian school girl who has been kidnapped by a group extreme fundamentalists from her school, although she believes she is innocent, the boys who kidnap her believe otherwise.
If you are interested then simply email your name and pictures to
Either… Saturday 22nd August
Or… Saturday 29th August
(Anytime between 11am to 8pm)
The Rag Factory BRICK LANE
16-18 Heneage Street
London E1 5LJ
Because We Can Productions 2009
THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.
Disney has acquired the film rights to a new rendition of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and helmed by David Mamet.
The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.
The Frank story has been told several times on TV, most recently the BBC's adaptation starring Ellie Kendrick (pictured).
Friday, August 7, 2009
Another pic on location filming Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. Emma Thompson in the title role and full Nanny Mcphee make-up with two of her young charges, Asa Butterfield and Eros Vlahos.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The trailer for the highly-anticipated Peter Jackson film "The Lovely Bones" is available to watch here:
starring Oscar nominated Irish teen star Saoirse Ronan as the murdered school girl Susie Salmon, and New Zealand actress Rose McIver as her sister Lindsey.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Rumour has it that Carey Mulligan, one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch in 2009, who has just finished filming on Never Let Me Go, will not be going on to star in Rowan Joffe's remake of Brighton Rock as was expected. That role may now go to another rising star Andrea Riseborough, whilst Carey has been picked by Oliver Stone to be in Money Never Sleeps, his sequel to Wall Street. Filming on that movie begins soon, with Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The world premiere of Nowhere Boy, the hotly anticipated debut film from British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, will close The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival.
The film, written by Matt Greenhalgh (Control), tells the story of John Lennon’s childhood. Set in Liverpool in 1955, Lennon is a smart but troubled 15 year old stuck in a clash between his Aunt Mimi and his mother. Trying to escape a family full of secret, he finds rock n’roll and a kindred spirit in a teenage Paul McCartney.
The gorgeous Aaron Johnson stars as Lennon (pictured) with Kristin Scott Thomas playing Aunt Mimi and Anna-Marie Duff as his mother. The cast also features David Morrissey, David Threlfall, Thomas Brodie Sangster who will play the young Paul McCartney, and a complete newcomer, Sam Bell, a 17 year old musician from Winsford in Cheshire, in his first film, takes the role of George Harrison.
Sandra Hebron, the festival’s artistic director, said: We’re delighted to be closing our festival with the first feature by Sam Taylor-Wood, who brings her customary sensitivity and visual flair to this story of the formative years of one of the UK’s cultural icons.”
Taylor-Wood added: “For Nowhere Boy to be chose to close the London Film Festival, in a city I grew up and which continues to inspire me is truly amazing.”
Nowhere Boy will be released through Icon Film Distribution on December 26.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Moving on from Skins, Hannah Murray (represented by Troika) is currently filming Chatroom ,with another feature - Womb also due out this year. Here she talks about the casting process for Skins and for Chatroom.
I guess we should start with Skins. How did you become involved initially with the TV show?
They were holding open auditions in Bristol, where I lived and where the show is set, which I found out about through a local youth theatre that I was involved in. Initially I remember wanting to go along more because it would be good experience to audition for something - I didn't think I had a chance of getting a part. But I met Jane Ripley the casting director who said they'd like to see me again and then I had two more auditions with the directors and producers before I found out I got the part on my 17th birthday.
What about this series do you think helped it to be received so successfully?
I think there was sort of a gap that needed to be filled for something like Skins. On British TV before Skins came out, the only teen dramas that were on were American imports, so I think it was really appealing for a British audience in that it was closer to to what their lives were like - rather than something like The OC which is set in a very different world. I also think it has a really great mix of comedy and drama and that all the characters feel very real and the series allows you to get to know them really well.
Did you and the other actors have any input regarding characterization or storylines?
To some extent. We weren't ever involved in the actual writers' meetings which went on in London but the writers did come down to Bristol and were around a lot and were very keen to hear our opinions, particularly about how our characters might react to or feel about things.
Regarding your character Cassie, what was your relationship with her like—and how did (or do) you view her as a character?
I feel quite protective of her in many ways. I think that having had a closer relationship with her makes me have rather different ideas about her than a lot of people do. One big difference is that I never found her funny, I always found her sad, whereas I think some people view her as having very comic moments. I also got quiet annoyed when people described her to me as ditzy, as I always felt she was incredibly intelligent - she sees through a lot of other characters, such as Tony, for example - and that the kind of dizziness that she puts across is actually a defense mechanism. And, although this might annoy some people, I never believed in the relationship between her and Sid and didn't really think they should be together. I thought her feelings for him were the result of misplaced affection based on low self-esteem.
Rather remarkable about the character are her similarities to Hamlet’s Ophelia. To your knowledge, was she in any way an intentional update of that character—and if not, what do you have to say about the remarkable similarities?
Are they that remarkable? Aside from the fact they both go a bit mental... I'm pretty sure Ophelia wasn't a major influence - at least, nobody ever spoke to me about it if she was. There was actually a scene written for series 2 which didn't make it to the final draft where Cassie was in the bath with flowers, to resemble the painting of Ophelia drowning, so I suppose the connection had been made.
Then you went and did That Face on the West End. How did you get involved with that play and what drew you to it?
I very first heard about it when I worked with Matt Smith on In Bruges (which we both eventually got cut out of), and at that time he was rehearsing for the original run of the play at the Royal Court and said I should come and see it. It sold out and I didn't get to see it, but I did read a copy of the script and thought it was really fantastic. Me and Matt have the same agent and when he first told me it was transferring to the West End my reaction was "oh great, I'll get to see it this time," but then a month or so later I got asked to audition for it. The main thing that drew me to it was just how incredible the writing is, it's so dark and funny and clever, and Mia, the character I played, is a really amazing part. I was also terrified of the idea of doing a play and so for that reason really wanted to because I knew it would be a challenge.
What dynamics about stage acting do you find compelling (especially as compared to film acting)?
I think there's something so exciting about the immediacy of it, that you're right there in front the audience, which also makes it a more collective experience. I like that you get to play out the whole piece in one go and in order, unlike film or TV where things can feel a bit bitty and it can be frustrating doing things out of sequence. The thing that I was most surprised I enjoyed was the repetition of it. I was scared it would get boring but actually it gives you this wonderful opportunity to rediscover things and experiment, there's a great sense of possibility with each show you do.
What was it like shooting your upcoming film Womb with Eva Green?
I got to work with Matt Smith again! For the third time. In That Face we were brother and sister and in Womb we play boyfriend and girlfriend which was a bit of an odd transition but it was really nice to work with someone who I knew already and get on with really well and who's also a brilliant actor. Eva was fantastic as well, it was a privilege to get to work with her. This film's this really beautiful, strange story about human cloning and getting to be part of that was a very cool experience.
Could you please tell me about your upcoming film Chatroom?
It's based on a play by Enda Walsh, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, which was on at the National Theatre a few years ago. It's about a group of teenagers who meet online, one of whom is very charismatic and persuasive, and ends up trying to get another member of the group to commit suicide. I play a girl called Emily who's very dowdy and naive and is bored and frustrated with her life offline. Hideo Nakata is directing. We started filming a couple of weeks ago now and I'm very excited about it.
How did you get involved? What, if anything, do you have to say about the cast (which includes fellow up-and-comers Aaron Johnson and Imogen Poots)?
I first auditioned for it over a year ago, I think in May 2008. There was a very long wait to hear back because they had to send the tapes over to Japan for Hideo to watch them and then the film got postponed and then eventually in October I went back in to read with a group of actors going for some of the other parts and had a couple more auditions like that before I found out I got the part in February. So a very long audition process. The cast is a lovely group of people who are all very talented and it's really exciting to work with all of them. We're all almost exactly the same age as well (I think we're all 20 apart from Aaron who's 19), which means we have lots in common and there's a great atmosphere on set as we get on really well.
Do you feel like there’s a difference in the way the U.S. and the U.K. approach acting and the entertainment industry? What difference do you think there is?
I don't know if I'm really qualified to say as I've never done any work in the U.S. apart from a week filming in New York for Skins. The only difference I noticed then was that they refer to actors as "the talent", which I did find a bit weird.
How are you enjoying your studies at Cambridge? How is that working out alongside your career as an actress?
At the moment it's working out incredibly well. I've been so lucky as I was able to do Womb over my Easter break and now Chatroom fits into my summer holidays. Even though it can get a bit hectic I really like having both things going on at the same time and hopefully I'll be able to continue doing that.
Since a major in English is far more significantly suggestive of an actual interest in literature in England than it is in the States, what is your favorite thing about your studies thus far?
I just love the breadth of literature that we've been introduced to. Over the first two years of the course we cover from 1300 to the present day and I've read so many things that I never would've otherwise and lots of stuff that I'd never even heard of. I also like the rigorousness of being encouraged to examine things in very close detail, it's allows you to think in a completely different way.
What in particular do you love to read?
My favourite novel is Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger and I really love all of his stuff. Ulysses by James Joyce really blew my mind and I'm hoping to get a chance to re-read that soon. There is also a massive place in my heart for the Harry Potter series which I doubt will go away. In general I'd say I probably prefer reading novels to poetry, although I am a fan of e. e. cummings, Sylvia Plath, Emily Bronte and T. S. Eliot. Last term at Cambridge we spent the whole time on Shakespeare which was wonderful and I really enjoyed reading lots of his plays, although I find reading plays isn't usually half as good as seeing them.
I finally get to ask this question! In Lula you recently mentioned your interest in playing Camilla if there should ever be an adaptation of The Secret History, and I can’t stop thinking about how perfect that would be. Tell me what you love about the book, what your dream adaptation would be like—everything!
Ah! I feel like I've probably jinxed any possibility of this ever happening by mentioning it, but yeah, it is something I would absolutely love to do. It's one of those books, when I read it, where the story is just so compelling that you get completely caught up in it and stay up way too late to carry on reading. I also think because there's so much deceit going on in it, and quite a lot of weird formality and lots of layers of unspoken things and that's just so exciting as an actor. My dream adaptation ... I don't know, I think I'd just want it to be very true to the book.
Haven’t you been participating in Cambridge theatre productions? What is it like, considering the involvement you’ve had with a major TV show and a West End production, to be doing a college show (I’m sure there are both advantages and disadvantages over other sorts of productions)?
In my first term I was in a production of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, but I haven't been involved in anything since. It was enjoyable but I found it took up so much time and since I'm so busy with my course and with auditions and stuff like that it kind of left me with no time to just relax and left me a bit stressed out.
What sort of music do you like?
I try to listen to a really wide range of stuff. My favourite bands/people are probably The Beatles, Nirvana, Regina Spektor, The Smiths, Tom Waits and The Velvet Underground. I also really like a lot of 70s punk, a lot of folk, The Gerbils, Lethal Bizzle, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater Kinney, Rufus Wainwright, Destiny's Child, Johnny Cash, 20s jazz, early Rolling Stones, Nina Simone and M.I.A.
What is your life philosophy? (Yes, yes, I know—here we are with the twee questions.)
I read once that Katharine Hepburn said the important things in life were to work hard and to love someone, which I think is quite nice. I also think it's very important to try not to hold preconceptions and judge things on their individual merits.
Do you consider yourself happy? What makes you happy or how do you define happiness?
Okay, a big question. I do think that at the moment I'm pretty happy most of the time. I find I'm at my happiest when I feel busy and productive, when I feel like I'm making the most of my time.