Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lily Cole to star in The Moth Diaries

Filming is due to start in the spring in Montreal on an adaptation of Rachel Klein's The Moth Diaries with Lily Cole taking her first lead role as a suspected teenage vampire.

The book is told through the diary of a young teen girl in a private school who is obsessed with her classmate Lucy, and Lucy's possible vampire roommate Ernessa. It's left ambiguous: The reader never really knows if the school is housing a real-life porcelain-skinned vampire girl, or if the narrator is just obsessed with Ernessa's roommate.

Here's what Lily had to say about the project in an interview with io9 magazine.

When do you start filming for The Moth Diaries?

As far as I'm aware it's in the beginning of next year. And as far as I know, they were talking about Montreal. But nothing has been set in stone, this industry is always clouds.

Which character are you playing from the novel there's the narrator or the author of the novel, her obsession Lucy or the possible vampire girl Ernessa?

I'm supposed to play Ernessa, the girl who is accused of being a vampire. The aspect I like about the book is you don't know for sure. I like the ambiguity in the book. Although it points quite lightly [to the idea] that she is a vampire, there's always the slight possibility that she's not. And the girl who is telling the story has psychological issues and is projecting these ideas on to this other character. I like that a lot.

I'm really excited that you are working on a woman-centric vampire film, it seems like the right direction to take the vampire craze. How do you think that this will be different from the other vampire films coming out right now?

I think that the ambiguity aspect is interesting. In that it might not be a vampire movie, it could be an psycho-analytical movie about crazed obsessions of 16-year-old girls. You know not always in reality, but of jealousy and love. Whether the love is lesbian or not, it gets in the ambiguous territory of love. And girls finding themselves and all the obsessions that come up in that environment. I think the possibility that Ernessa isn't a vampire is kind of, to me, what makes it interesting.

Are you excited to maybe bring back the female vampire movies like The Hunger? And are you ready to be the mysterious object of desire that the book circles around?

I find the character so interesting, because she's the most weird and unusual character. That delicate balance of making her real and making her really strange is quite an interesting kind of dialogue to set up.

I think it's great, we've been swamped with the male shirtless vampires it's time for the women to get back into the vampire spotlight. I hope it brings back the strong female vampire figures.

To be honest I haven't seen any of the vampire movies that are out right now, obviously I know of them and I know that there are male characters in them, but I'd never had that perspective on it.

I'm curious how the script handles the delicate moment that is the narrator walking in on the two girls in bed together? Is that still in the script or is it toned down. It could really go in any direction.

That scene... I'm trying to remember there is a scene like that for sure. I'm not sure how it's going to transpire, I know it's very suggestive, but not like pornographic.

Last time I check it was just you and Scott Speedman on the cast. Do you have any idea who's going to be cast as Lucy or the narrator?

I do think they have several more girls but I don't know if I'm at liberty to say. The script is mostly 18 and 16-year-old girls. So it's mostly new faces... but I don't know if I can say names, because I don't know if their deals are signed or what the situation is.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


LFS graduate Max Jacoby's first feature Dust, had its debut in Luxembourg this winter, let's hope it gets a UK release next year.

It stars two rising stars - 19 year old Olly Alexander (Summerhill, Tormented, Enter the Void) and Oxford School of Drama graduate Catherine Steadman

"Dust" sees the two teenagers unfortunately finding themselves to be the only remaining beings on Earth, in a post-apocalyptic world where all other humans have disappeared. Strangely, this doesn't actually seem to bother them too much, and they carve out a harmonious life for themselves together. That is, until another young boy turns up, and starts to ruin their well-established dynamic.

Watch the trailer here:

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Screenterrier would like to wish all its readers a very Merry Christmas and looks forward to a New Year with all the latest news on new and shooting young stars...

The Way Back

First look at Saoirse Ronan as Irena in Peter Weir's new film The Way Back (formerly known as To Light a Fire) based on the true story of a band of prisoners escaping a Siberian labour camp in 1940.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang trailer

First look at the trailer for the next Nanny McPhee film. Scheduled for release in March 2010.

In Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world.
In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.
Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons.
Look out for the children including Rosie Taylor-Ritson as Celia, Asa Butterfield as Norman, Eros Vlahos as Cyril, Oscar Steer as Vincent, and Lilian Woods as Megsie.

Ways to Live Forever

Screenterrier reported back in September on the casting of Robbie Kay and Alex Etel (pictured on set this month) in Gustavo Ron's "Ways to Live Forever" adapted from the highly acclaimed children's book by Sally Nicholls.

A month's shooting in Newcastle has just finished and the cast and crew are now off to Spain to film the last scenes of the film.

Also appearing in the film are Eloise Barnes (Mark  Jermin Management), as his younger sister Ella. And Ella Purnell (to be seen as the young Keira Knightley in next year's Never Let Me Go) stars as his friend Kaleigh, who has more screentime in the film than in the book.

The film tells the story of 12-year-old leukemia sufferer Sam (played by Robbie Kay) who loves collecting fascinating facts, scary movies and spaceships and wants to try his first beer and kiss a girl. He also wants to know what happens when you die.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spirit Warriors cast interviews

Spirit Warriors (formerly known as Bo and the Spirit World) finally hits our screens on Friday 22nd January on CBBC.

Inspired by ancient Chinese myths and legends the show follows Bo (Jessica Henwick), her sister Jen (Alicia Lai) and fellow school kids Vicky (Lil' Simz), Trix (Gilles Geary) and Martin (Karl Rogers) who, during a trip to a museum, are transported to a parallel Spirit World.

Once there, they find themselves transformed into Spirit Warriors, each with their own special spirit power. With the help of their mentor Shen, a Chinese dragon, they have to use their new-found skills to navigate the realms of Wood, Water, Earth and Fire and find 12 legendary spirit pieces before the evil warlord Li (Benedict Wong) and his henchman Hwang (Tom Wu) can get their hands on them.

If our heroes succeed they'll save the universe – and Bo's mum. If they fail both the Spirit World and our own will fall under Li's power. There's just one problem: they're 21st-century British kids who don't have much experience of making polite conversation with an ancient dragon!

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Henwick proves that girls can prove a match for the boys as she leaps on to our screens as hero Bo...
"I've never seen anything like it," reveals Jessica of Spirit Warriors.
"I've never even heard of anything like it being shown on British television – this is a big deal. There's jaw-dropping fight sequences and it'll keep you on the edge of your seat."
Even though she's been training since she was seven years old, this is Jessica's first professional acting role – and she had to totally transform for the part.
"I got a phone call a week after my final audition asking if I was willing to cut my hair. At the time my hair was nearly waist-length and they wanted it in a bob to look more warriorlike," she reveals.
"Of course I said 'yes'. It's my first professional job and I completely understand why they did it. My character wouldn't have long hair."
So what's Bo like?
"She's very strong-minded, strong-willed, confident and stubborn – she always thinks she's right but she does learn across the series to listen and take criticism," reveals Jessica.
"She gets along with her younger sister Jen but I think she finds her quite irritating."
Just like Bo, Jessica has had her own experience of trying siblings...
"I have two brothers so I know what it's like to have that sibling rivalry," she explains.
"When I was acting the relationship between Bo and Jen, it reminded me so much of my own relationship with my younger brother Josh, so I incorporated that experience into the role."
Jessica also had to undergo serious martial arts training for the role...
"I trained for a month with Jude Poyer, an amazing martial arts expert and choreographer," says Jess. "We had one-on-one training – I've never exercised like I did for that month, it was hardcore. It was a wonderful experience though and I learnt so much."
However, all that training didn't totally transform Jessica into a graceful ninja...
"Towards the end of filming I was doing a scene where I was running whilst holding a green glass spirit piece – but I dropped it and snapped it in two," she confesses.
"I was freaking out, worrying that they might not have another one and we wouldn't be able to finish filming. Everyone cracked up because of the look of shock and terror on my face. But in the end they just glued it back together!"

Gilles Geary, 15, makes his TV debut as the street-wise Trix...
"It was all very overwhelming," reveals Gilles (pronounced Gill-les) of his first experience on the Spirit Warriors sets – due to the amazing special effects that are used in the show, the actors had to do a lot of work on blue screen.
"It was pretty hard as we had to react when there was no one there," explains Gilles. "We had to act with Shen the dragon among these amazing landscapes that weren't there, so we really had to use our imagination."
What's his character Trix like?
"Trix is quite a mysterious character, he's the one you know least about in the series," reveals Gilles.
"He's grounded and he'll think about a situation before he rushes into it. If he has an opinion quite often he'll keep it to himself and you'll only see it through his facial expressions, or he'll say it in a calm way. He can also be quite dark sometimes. I'm nothing like him, but it's fun to play someone who's different to me."
All of the characters have a special spirit power; which power would Gilles like?
"I think it would probably be quite cool to be invisible," he laughs. "It would be very useful!"

Rapper Lil' Simz on why she'd never be friends with her character Vicky...
Lil' Simz, 15, fought off tough competition to bag her first big acting job playing loud-mouthed Vicky.
"Going into the audition and seeing tons of different girls auditioning for my role, I knew I had to go in there and perform my best," she reveals.
But Simz claims she wouldn't get on with her character if they ever met...
"I'm too quiet – I'm laid back and keep myself to myself whereas Vicky's very loud and demanding," says Simz.
"I think we would clash. Vicky's very outspoken, she knows what she wants and wants everything her own way. I think during the quest she actually realises that the world doesn't revolve around her and that it takes teamwork to get the spirit pieces."
Apart from being a talented actor, Simz is also a rapper...
"Acting rolled off of the back of my music. Quite a lot of musicians and rappers act and that's what inspired me," she explains.
"I started rapping when I was about nine but only started taking it seriously in 2008. I took a break from rapping for Spirit Warriors but I'm releasing a single in January."

The show's youngest cast member Alicia Lai (represented by Kelly Management) plays Bo's younger sister Jen...
Alicia may only be 11 years old but she's already played one of the leads in a West End show.
"I was in Into The Hoods. It's a dance show, but with a bit of acting as well."
And the young actress takes her dancing very seriously: "I do a lot – I take lessons in ballet and street dance."
Is Alicia anything like Jen?
"Yes, I love food and I'm really cheeky too," she giggles. "I'd love to have her power of super-speed, as I'm okay at running but not that good!"
What was Alicia's favourite episode?
"In one I get crowned Monkey King but it all goes a bit wrong when Hwang turns up and unleashes his evil warriors – the Nians. It's really fun and I got to do a stunt where I hung upside down. The monkey costumes were so good – they wore wigs, loads of make-up and had no eyebrows!"
What was her favourite thing about being in the show?
"Just being chosen as Jen and getting to work with loads of different people," says Alicia.
"I like learning stuff so I was curious about what happened behind the camera and I even got to look through the lens."

Fifteen-year-old Karl Rogers plays Martin, the shy outsider...
"Martin's an interesting character because he hasn't got a lot of confidence at first, he's not quite in the group and they don't respect him," reveals Karl, who's appeared in CBBC's Summerhill as well as episodes of Hotel Babylon and Holby City.
"But as the story develops certain things happen that make the other characters think, 'hang on, he's not as useless as he looks.' He goes from a boy with no confidence to a Spirit Warrior with the strength to fight off enemies."
So what is Martin’s spirit power?
"He has Spirit Sight, so he can project his vision out – he can see for miles. He can also see around corners, through mountains, up hills and through valleys. His job is normally to tell the others which way to go."
What was Karl's favourite storyline?
"In one episode I managed to get Chi power and you can't beat blasting Hwang across the room! It was great fun. It's also the first time that Martin showed he had some leadership skills and he wasn't the guy always hiding behind the others."

Monday, December 21, 2009


Production will start next year on BBC Films development of the Cherub teenage spy series of books, written by Robert Muchamore.
Cherub:The Recruit, marks the start of what BBC Films hopes will be a franchise aimed at the 14-16 age group. There are twelve books in the series.
The story follows James Adams, a member of Cherub, a top-secret branch of the British Secret Service, which recruits orphan children and trains them as intelligence officers.
CHERUB: The Recruit tells James Adams' story from the day his mother dies and his transformation from a couch potato into a skilled CHERUB agent.
It also introduces his friends Lauren, Kyle, Kerry and the rest of the cherubs for the first time and relates how James foiled the biggest terrorist massacre in British history.
Chris Smith (Triangle, Creep) is directing and Sarah Radclyffe is producing. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nicholas Hoult talks about the transition from child actor (and Skins)

When the 12-year-old Nicholas Hoult first made an impression in 2002’s About a Boy, Hugh Grant was playing opposite him as an overgrown adolescent living off his family’s residuals — basically, the nightmare of any child actor. Hoult’s own coming-of-age has been the furthest thing from lazy, and after recapturing attention two years ago in the rude UK teen soap Skins, he landed the role of Kenny, who admires and longs for Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
Newly twenty and on the cusp of more adult roles (he’ll next be seen in Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans), Hoult talked to Movieline about navigating that transition, learning how to swing a sword, and that angora sweater from A Single Man.

When you took daring projects like A Single Man and Skins, were they part of a conscious attempt to break out of an image people had of you a a child actor?
It’s more that those were the things that came along that were interesting at that time. Obviously, there’s a fear as a child actor of being washed up and failing, and by no means have I gotten out of that. At the same time, if you can do something interesting with good people and great actors, I don’t think you have to completely lose who you were as a child. You tend to become a different person from eleven to twenty.

How did you remain a kid when most of the people you’re working with and dealing with were adults?
I was very lucky in the sense that I managed to keep a very normal life outside of acting. I went to school and I stayed home and stuff. It’s a slightly different setup for child actors in England as opposed to here — in America, it becomes “a business” very early on. It’s very intense and it consumes your whole family, whereas in England it’s more laid-back. You don’t suddenly become very pivotal in the industry — you’re still a normal kid, and acting is just what you do.

I’m sure you’ve heard that MTV is developing an American version of Skins. What did you think when you heard that announcement?
I think it’s fantastic, it just depends on how it works out. The great thing about Skins is that they got actors who were the right age to play the characters, and there was something fresh and new. Hopefully, that’s something MTV will create with their version of the show, where it doesn’t get sucked into being one of the many young adult dramas that are already on American TV.

The writers for the UK version were exceptionally young, weren’t they?
Some of the writers were as young as 18 writing full episodes, which is fantastic. I think that’s why it worked so well — you have a young team of writers who’ve got their fingers on the pulse and know what’s happening. A lot of the time, I’d be reading the scripts going, “Hang on, what does this word mean? What’s this new trend?” I didn’t try to keep up with what the writers were saying because they were so up to speed on whatever was the cool thing at the time.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Star with Keeley Hazell in short film

 PAGE 3 model Keeley Hazell has won her first lead acting role and will star as the goddess of love in new short film Venus and The Sun.

The film is a warped retelling of a classical myth is currently shooting in London and is backed by well-known production company Ruby Films.

Star Keeley says: "Venus and The Sun is such a funny and fresh take on an old story. I'm over the moon to be a part of it and really excited to be working with such a dynamic young team on a truly British independent film."

A variety of 18 - 24 year old student types are required e.g. nerdy, indie, studious, goth, girly
The actors are only required for 17th Thursday and 18th Friday December.
Please send headshots to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.


Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll trailer

Watch the trailer for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll , the biopic of Ian Drury starring 15 year old  Bill Milner as his son Baxter.

The film is in UK cinemas on 8th January 2010.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Coming of Age is back for new series

Matt, Chloe, DK, Jas and Olly are back in a brand-new series of the BBC3 comedy that shows life from a teenage perspective. Episode one sees Chloe finally losing her virginity to Matt, who spreads the good news ... via Facebook, Myspace, Bebo and the school newsletter. Though he may have earned the admiration of the guys on campus, Chloe is horrified and demands that her virginity be restored, causing Matt to come up with some creative solutions.
Meanwhile, DK, as ever, is rapping, this time with the help of Dinky DK – a pint-sized ventriloquist's doll he has made which behaves even worse than him, causing the principal to quell a revolution amongst her college staff.
Jas struggles to help Ollie overcome his fear of needles after an unfortunate accident and, as usual, havoc reigns across the lives of the five pupils of Wooton College.

Matt is played by 19 year old Tony Bignell. Tony is from Luton and started acting at a young age and is also an accomplished singer, appearing as Gavroche in the West End's Les Miserables as a child, and now has his own band.  At the age of 12 he won a Full Time Scholarship to the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. This kick-started his acting career and since then he has appeared in several TV programmes such as THE BILL, MY FAMILY, STUPID, DOCTORS, CASUALTY and he was Frank Skinner's son in the sitcom SHANE.

Chloe is played by 18 year old Anabel Barnston (represented by Jackie Palmer), Anabel is from East Twickenham and said of filming the first series: “It was really different because I had never filmed in front of a live crowd before. It was the best of both worlds because you have the audience there and the pressure to get it right. It was relaxed, which is what I really liked.”
She first appeared on television in the minor role of Daisy in the 2003 romantic drama The Young Visiters and has also starred in The New Worst Witch, My Spy Family and stage show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Anabel is studying at Richmond College for an International Baccalaureate. She said: “I would really like to do more acting, but it’s unpredictable so I do have uni as a backup.”

DK by Joe Tracini (represented by International Artistes), Joe attended Italia Conti before landing the lead roles in both Coming of Age and My Spy Family. He is the son of comedian Joe Pasquale.
As well as being a very accomplished actor, Joe is also a talented magician, having taken an interest in magic at the tender age of two. In 2003, he received the title of ‘British Junior Magical Champion’ which he won at the Blackpool Opera House in front of 3,000 international magicians.

Jas is played by Hannah Job (represented by International Artistes), from Birmingham, who is also a professional dancer.

And Olly by 22 year old Welsh actor Ceri Phillips (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from Swansea.

The new series starts in January.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Low budget feature film open auditions

Believe is a new hip hop dance film being produced by MJP Entertainment.

The original screenplay written by Michael Paintain, follows the story of hip hop dancer and singer Emily Granger, who faces many important decisions in her life when she finds out she is terminally ill.

They  will soon be auditioning for actors, dancers and singers for main and supporting roles, and will also be looking for extras. You don't have to sing and dance to take part as there are a number of roles purely for actors.

The roles are mainly for 14yrs old+, however they are a number of dance/extra roles for younger cast.


CANTERBURY at the Orange Street Music Club, Canterbury on SATURDAY 16TH JANUARY 2010 (10am-4pm)

MEDWAY AUDITIONS will take place at the Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, Kent on:

BLACKPOOL at the Solaris Centre, South Promenade, Blackpool, 6TH FEBRUARY 2010, 10AM-4PM


GROOMBRIDGE (TUNBRIDGE WELLS) at the Groombridge Hall, SUNDAY 14TH MARCH 2010, 12-4pm

SUTTON COLDFIELD (BIRMINGHAM) at the Fellowship Hall, Sutton Coldfield, SATURDAY 20TH MARCH 2010, 1-5.30PM

Please contact to book your audition slot.


ACTORS will be required to read a piece from the "Believe" screenplay.

SINGERS will be required to prepare their own piece, of any style or genre, either without accompaniment, or to a backing track on CD.

DANCERS will be required to learn a short piece of choreography that will be taught to them on the day. Please wear loose comfortable clothing/dancewear and suitable footwear or bare feet.

Please contact THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED to book your audition slot.

Q&A with Dani Harmer

Tracy Beaker is back in a feature-length episode on Friday 8th January with the series Tracy Beaker Returns continuing on Friday's at 5:30pm on the CBBC channel.

Dani Harmer was just 12 years old when she first played Tracy Beaker. Since then she has appeared in a number of high-profile television programmes including My Family, Trial And Retribution, the BBC One comedy After You've Gone and, of course, CBBC's Dani's House, which also returns to TV screens this month.

Here, Dani explains what it's like to return to the role that made her a household name.

It's been five years since Tracy was last on our screens – what's changed?
Well, Tracy's older for a start so is now one of the grown ups. Viewers will see plenty of new characters and a couple of old ones like Cam and Mike.

What does it feel like to be back playing Tracy Beaker?
I was a bit apprehensive at first as it's been five years since I last played her. As soon as I got into character, though, it was like riding a bike!

Tracy is now one of the grown-ups at the Dumping Ground – does this mean viewers will see a more sensible and responsible Tracy Beaker?

Definitely. There's no better "grown up" in the Dumping Ground than Tracy, who can relate to the kids. She's been there and obviously really feels for what they're going through. Tracy's still got that feisty side, though!

Does it feel strange to be back on the Dumping Ground set playing one of the grown ups?
It does. To work with Lisa Coleman [who plays Cam] and Connor Byrne [who plays Mike] as an adult actress, as opposed to a child actress, was quite weird. But I love working with them both and I don't have to have tutoring or a chaperone!

Tracy has had a change of image and her trademark curls are gone. Did you have a say in her new look?
Yes. I've been straightening my hair for various other acting roles and I think it's important for the viewers to see that Tracy has grown up, so gone are the curls, stripy t-shirts and dungarees!

You really seem to be one of the gang with the young actors playing the new dumping ground kids. Did you get on well with them?
Absolutely. They're all a lovely, talented bunch of kids – we're talking A List Hollywood! I love them all and really hope to be able to work with them again in the future.

You were very young yourself when you started acting – have any of the younger cast asked you for advice?
Yes, and my advice is, if you want it bad enough, stay focused and be prepared for rejections as there'll be plenty of them - but keep at it. And always be courteous and professional to those you work with.

You are a girl of many talents - acting, comedy and now singing – which one is your favourite?
That's a difficult one, but probably acting. Although I absolutely adore singing, acting is something I've always wanted to do from a very young age. Having said that, if I get the chance to do comedy and singing again I'd never turn it down.

You are in the middle of filming the new series of Dani's House - are you enjoying yourself?
It's brilliant. I get to visit Edinburgh, which is great, and the cast and crew are wonderful. It's also such good fun and I laugh every day. Oh, and I get to dress up as an alien again!

As well as fitting in a new series of Tracy Beaker Returns and Dani's House this year, you have launched your singing career. How do you fit in all in?
It's been difficult with all the acting work I've had, but I'm hoping for an album release early next year, depending on work commitments, so watch this space.

And, the most important question of all, what do you want for Christmas?
I think actually having time off for Christmas, which will be the first time in so many years, is a present in itself. I'm looking forward to a traditional Christmas with my family.

More details on the new young cast here and here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

BIFA young actresses honoured

Katie Jarvis scooped the The British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer for her role in Andrea Arnold's Fishtank.

Carey Mulligan beat Abbie Cornish to Best Actress for the coming-of-age drama An Education.

Nominations here.

Faces to Watch in 2010 - Gwyneth Keyworth

Look out for young Welsh actress Gwyneth Keyworth who stars as the young lead in Abi Morgan's new comedy drama for the BBC Royal Wedding which will transmit as part of the BBC's Eighties season in Spring 2010.

Rich in cultural references and humour, Royal Wedding, a new drama by Bafta-winning writer Abi Morgan, is set against the backdrop of the much-celebrated marriage of the, then, Lady Diana Spencer to the Prince Of Wales in 1981.
Set in a small Welsh village, where the locals are just beginning to feel the negative effects of Margaret Thatcher's free market policies, the Royal Wedding offers the Caddock family and the rest of the community a chance to forget their problems and join together. But, during the course of their celebrations, events unfold which will change their lives forever.
Jodie Whittaker and Darren Boyd lead the rest of the cast.

19 year old Gwyneth (represented by Curtis Brown) made her screen debut this year as Marie in the BBC drama Framed and also starred in the National Youth Theatre's Tits/Teeth in London this summer. She has also been a leading member of Aberystwyth Youth Theatre. She will also film the role of Ruby Gammon this year alongside Jamie Winston in the forthcoming Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Noel Clarke joins the 2010 Orange Rising Star award jury

Last year’s winner of the Orange Rising Star award, actor/director Noel Clark has joined this year's jury for Orange’s esteemed award.

The Orange Rising Star Award honours a young actor or actress whose talent has inspired popular acclaim from the British public. BAFTA members and the film industry were invited to recommend up and coming performers who have appeared in several feature films, with at least one of those films released in the current awards year, 1 January to 31 December 2009, with an extension period from 1 January to 19 February 2010.

Now in its fifth year, the award has set a standard for identifying talent destined for super stardom. Previous winners include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008 and Noel Clarke in 2009. The jury, consisting of actors, casting directors, producers, media representatives and BAFTA Film Committee members, then selects the final five nominees via a secret ballot.

This year’s Orange Rising Star Award jury is made up of: Noel Clarke (actor & director), Pippa Harris (producer), Jason Isaacs (actor), Fiona Weir (casting director), Charles Gant (film journalist), Simon Morris (LoveFilm), Kate Lee (Freud Communications), Melvin Odoom (KISS 100), Nev Pierce (Empire), Hannah Marriott (Grazia), Larushka Ivan Zadeh (Metro) and Jason Solomons (The Observer). The jury was chaired by David Parfitt (producer, Chairman of BAFTA).

Voting opens when nominees are announced on 12 January 2010 via

Friday, December 4, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are UK Premiere

12 year old Max Records star of Where The Wild Things Are met some of his young English fans at the film's UK premiere in London this week.

Max Records, who plays mischievous Max in the movie, stopped to sign autographs in the heavy rain.
He said: "London seems pretty great, honestly. It's so rainy, it's awesome.
"I live in Portland, Oregon, and it's like this a lot."
The film focuses on Max as he runs away from home to the fantasy world of the Wild Things and becomes their king.
Producer Vince Landay said the biggest problem they faced was turning Maurice Sendak's 11-line children's book into a 90-minute movie.
He also paid tribute to his young star, saying Records had "worked harder than any other actor we've ever worked with".
Records responded: "I didn't realise how hard I was working... I was too busy falling asleep to do that.

"The only time I ever had to think about it was when I was at home, and when I was at home I was sleeping."

When asked what it was like starring in a film alongside monsters, the youngster quipped: "Pretty much like working with a guy wearing a monster suit."

The movie was directed by Spike Jonze (pictured above with Max) and co-produced by Tom Hanks.

It will be released in UK cinemas on December 11.

Shooting Stars 2010

Misfits star Robert Sheehan has been selected  for the 13th Shooting Stars presentation, an annual new acting talent showcase with the young actors and actresses being introduced at the Berlin Film Festival.

Robert represents Ireland whilst 30 year old Edward Hogg represents the UK.

Hogg (represented by Hamilton Hodell) is a RADA graduate, originally from Sheffield made his film debut this year as a psychopathic hillbilly in the White Lightnin’, set in the Appalachian mountains. He’s a neurotic agoraphobe in the madcap Brit-com Bunny and the Bull. And in his forthcoming project, Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, he plays a man who is steadily losing his mind.

One of four children born to a teacher mother and civil engineer father, he told The Times that he was a difficult, angry child (“from 5 to 14, I was horrible”) until he found music. “As soon as I started singing I stopped being angry. I can’t explain it.” When the band split he followed his younger sister into a local theatre group, and eventually found himself in the hallowed halls of RADA. “It’s a bizarre place,” he says. “You get cut off from the rest of the world and you spend all day every day with 30 other people who only want to sit around discussing acting. You become quite boring.”

The Shooting Stars cross-European final ten were selected from a list of 21 potential candidates, identified by EFP’s pan-European member organisations. The jury includes UK casting director Leo Davis and Guiseppe Piccioni, the Italian director.
They jury said that it has been an “unusually rich year” with a strong emphasis on talent from Central and Easter Europe. Previous participants have included the UK’s Carey Mulligan.
Shooting Stars will run from February 13th - 15th.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tracy Beaker Returns

Screenterrier reported back in August on the return of Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker and the casting of:

Saffron Coomber as Sapphire,

Amy Leigh Hickman as Carmen

and Noah Marullo as Gus.

Other new dumping ground kids joining the series are 10 year old Jessie Williams (Yvonne Rhodes Theatre School) from Essex as Lily Kettle

She arrives at the Dumping Ground with her sisters, Rosie (Claudia Colling), aged six, and Poppy (Katie Anderson), aged four.

15 year old Richard Wisker (represented by On It Artists) from Essex (previously seen in Law and Order:UK) is Liam who is like the Artful Dodger without the pick-pocketing!

14 year old Frank played by Chris Slater has Cerebral Palsy and becomes Liam's loyal sidekick. 16-year-old Christopher is from Pelaw in Gateshead.
Christopher landed the role of Frank after the BBC emailed his school in search of actors. He said: "I've always been interested in acting and was in every play at school. Being in Tracy Beaker has been an unbelievable experience.
"I couldn't ask for better people to work with. I'm going to sixth form to get my grades and then I'm hoping to have a career in acting. Being in films is my main goal but I'd also like to be involved in script writing."

Six year old Harry is played by Phillip Graham Scott.

John Bell plays Toby, 11, an only child from quite a posh background who's parents were killed in a car crash.

Brother and sister Johnny, 11,  and Tee Taylor (aged 9) are played by Joe Maw and Mia McKenna-Bruce respectively.

Mia (represented by Kelly Management) is from Kent and is an experienced young actress who made her debut TV appearance in Eastenders.