Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Waterloo Road new faces Part 1

There are new faces both in the staff room and in the playground as school drama Waterloo Road returns to BBC One tonight.


23 year old Emmerdale star, Jenna Louise Coleman plays 16 year old Lindsay James, the daughter of fairly well-to-do parents and a hard nut to crack.

Jenna-Louise found it strange to be back at school: “I'm 23 so it’s been a while since I left school and you really feel like you're sixteen again."











13 year old Shannon Flynn from Rochdale plays Lindsay's younger sister Emily in her first TV role. Shannon who attended Starstruck Theatre School is now represented by Amber Personal Management in Manchester.











 Sophie McShera (represented by Lime Management) from Bradford, plays 16 year old bookish Ros McCain, the surprise child of slightly older parents.













Also with Lime Management, is another Waterloo Road new face, William Rush who plays 14 year old  Josh Stevenson, a Year 10 pupil. William, who also appeared in Grange Hill, is the son of actress Debbie Rush who appeared in Coronation Street, and he is currently studying at Manchester School of Acting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Children's BAFTA nominations 2009


Dustbin Baby, last year's stand-out Christmas drama starring Dakota Blue Richards, and The Sarah-Jane Adventures go head-to-head in the British Academy's Children's Awards for Best Drama.

The other nominations in this category are S4C’s Rhestr Nadolig Wil (Will’s Christmas List) and the true story of German boy band US5.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 29 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London and will be hosted by children's comedy duo Dick and Dom.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Double nomination for Katie Jarvis


Katie Jarvis, the teenage star of Fishtank, has been nominated for both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer in the 12th annual British Independent Film Awards announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London.

Fishtank, An Education and Nowhere Boy are all among the nominees for Best British Independent Film.

Joining Katie with a Best Actress nomination are Carey Mulligan (An Education), and Abbie Cornish for Brightstar.

Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is among the nominees for Best Actor.

Joining Katie with a Most Promising Newcomer nomination is 16 year old George MacKay for his role in The Boys Are Back.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 6 December at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, in London and will be hosted by James Nesbitt.

Tamara Drewe


Filming has started on BBC Films and Ruby Films’ big screen adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel TAMARA DREWE. Loosely based on Hardy’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’, it was originally serialised in The Guardian’s Review section, and centres on Tamara Drewe, who has transformed herself, via plastic surgery, from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. She returns to her parents’ home in the fictional village where she garners the attention of lusty men - and the ire of their womenfolk, with devastating results.
23 year old Gemma Arterton, a RADA graduate who leapt to fame playing the head girl in St Trinians, was chosen by director Stephen Frears for the lead role of Tamara.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Misfits trailer

The trailer is out for E4's new teen super-hero drama series Misfits:



Watch the full version here

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eastenders:E20

EastEnders is venturing beyond TV screens, with an online spin-off series which will take a fresh look at Albert Square through the eyes of young newcomers.
A team of 13 new London writers aged between 17 and 22 created and wrote the online drama - called EastEnders: E20.
The new show will go live in January 2010 in the run-up to EastEnders celebrating its 25th anniversary on February 19. Episodes will be posted on the EastEnders website after 'EastEnders' TV episodes and will last between six and 12 minutes
The web-based series will follow four new teenage characters, whose casting is yet to be announced, who arrive in Albert Square, each searching for an escape from their regular lives.
Those behind the new show said storylines will stand alone so that they can be enjoyed by viewers who don't normally watch EastEnders.
"Crossover treats" are also promised for regular fans, both in the web series and the popular BBC1 soap.
EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer said: "These talented writers are creating a whole new Walford, infused with their own experiences of London life.
"A fresh perspective on a British classic, EastEnders: E20 will - I hope - delight new audiences and EastEnders diehards alike."
EastEnders: E20 will be available at bbc.co.uk/eastenders in January 2010.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bel Powley





17 year old Londoner Bel Powley (represented by BWH) stars in the first episode of new ITV three-part thriller Murderland, opposite Robbie Coltraine. Bel was featured as one of Screen Daily's Stars of Tomorrow 2009.

She is best known among teenagers as one of the leads in the CBBC spy series MI High, but this year Powley broadened her fanbase with her performance in Polly Stenham’s Tusk Tusk at London’s Royal Court which she starred in alongside Toby Regbo.
Playing a damaged 14-year-old, Powley wowed the critics with the power of her acting, at once hilarious and heartrending. It was, she says, emotionally and physically draining. “With TV you don’t need to think about the process too much, it’s all about instinct,” she says. “But with the play, we spent five weeks discussing the characters and how they would behave.”

"In Murderland I play Carrie Walsh. One night Carrie arrives home to discover her mother brutally raped and murdered. Carrie is only 13 years old and has no family nearby. She is quite a shy and insecure person and has a best friend called Jess who is more daring and wild. Jess drags her to a party but Carrie just follows her around. It is after the party when Carrie returns home that she finds her mother dead. She becomes obsessed with what happened to her mother. She doesn’t give herself time to grieve and throws all her emotion into her obsession. She thinks she is some sort of Miss Marple!" says Bel of her character in Murderland.

Carrie becomes obsessed with Robbie Coltrane’s character, Detective Inspector Hain., as past secrets come out.

"It was great working with Robbie. At first I was scared because he’s so well-known, but I knew that having done Harry Potter, he must be good at acting with young people. He was amazing and we got on really well. Although Murderland is quite serious, off camera we were happy and telling jokes all the time. Robbie Coltrane is hilarious!"

"It’s a dark subject matter and at first I didn’t realise how much that would affect the filming. It was intense and quite draining because I had quite a big part full of emotion; the main things Carrie does throughout are cry and run. I got very used to crying on demand!"

"'Murderland’ is the physiological term used to explain Carrie’s behaviour. Even though it might not be a real term I think it is something real, especially for someone like my character, who is just 13 when it happens."

"When I got the part in Murderland I was doing a play at the Royal Court called Tusk Tusk. I was playing a young 13 year old girl who had just lost her mother. I brought my experience of that role to Carrie’s character.
After filming Murderland I went onto film Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special. It was a nice contrast to Murderland and really good fun. I have just completed my AS levels so now I’m going to take a few months off to concentrate on my A levels!”

Also look out for Yasmin Paige, currently filming Submarine, as Carrie's best friend Jess.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Chips




Joining the talented James Buckley in the BBC's sequel to Only Fools and Horses, which is currently filming in London, are Ashley Gerlach (represented by Sally Hope), in his first role since graduating from Manchester School of Drama and Lewis Osborne, another newcomer who left The Brit School in 2009 (and is represented by ABA). Ashley plays a young Denzil and Lewis the 16 year old Trigger.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Lovely Bones for Royal Film Performance


Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones has been selected for this year’s Royal Film Performance. The world charity premiere will take place in late November in London’s Leicester Square.

The film, an adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel of the same name, centres on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She has to weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Atonement star Saoirse Ronan plays the young girl – Susie - with Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as her parents. The cast are expected to attend the screening along with members of the Royal Family.
The Lovely Bones will go on general release in the UK next year.

Jackson said he honoured that the film has been selected for the Royal Gala Film. He added: “This film has been an extraordinary journey, for myself as a film-maker and for all of those who worked on it.”

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More from The Well


Joining the two female stars, Jo Woodcock and new Dr Who companion Karen Gillan, of the BBC's new teen thriller The Well are Gregory Foreman as Luis and Isaac Ssebandeke as Ivan.




22 year old Gregory who originally hails from Norfolk - and his parents ran the Punchbowl pub in Mayfair before selling it to Guy Ritchie -  is well known for his role as Louis Fairhead in Casualty.









18 year old Isaac was a member of the Lyric Youth Theatre in Hammersmith where he was spotted by a talent agency, before taking up a place at Sheffield University. He has appeared in Skins, and also starred in Dubplate Drama before landing his role in The Well. Isaac who went to Elliot School in Putney is also an accomplished MC, poet and musician.








The Well premiered on October 10th on BBC Two. Check out the trailer:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Faces to Watch in 2010

Who?  Skye Lourie


After being spotted at her sixth form arts boarding school Hurtwood House by agents Curtis Brown, Skye Lourie has landed the role of Elizabeth in Ridley Scott's latest enterprise - 'Pillars of the Earth', based on the Ken Follett book, where she stars in this 4 part drama alongside Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Redmayne and Hayley Atwell. Filming has been taking place in Hungary and Austria over the summer and autumn.

Born in New Zealand and raised in Tuscany, nineteen-year-old Skye has travelled across the world and lived in several countries.  While attending Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Hurtwood House, she studied for her A Levels alongside acting and theatre skills and performed in productions such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Pinter’s Mountain Language. As well as acting, she loves singing, song-writing, painting and cooking. Pillars of the Earth is her first professional role.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More Submarine casting news


Screenterrier has already reported on the casting of Craig Roberts in the lead role of Oliver Tate in Richard Ayoade's debut feature SUBMARINE.

Sarah Jane Adventures and Ballet Shoes star 18 year old Yasmin Paige (represented by Curtis Brown) has been cast as his pyromaniac love interest Jordana.

Yasmin started acting when she was just four years old when an agent from a children's modelling agency spotted her in a park. Her first job was appearing in a McVities biscuit commercial. During the next few years, Yasmin modelled for ASDA's George clothing alongside commercials both in the UK and overseas. She gained a place at Ravenscourt theatre school where her first chance to show her singing ability was the part of Crosette in LES MISERABLES at the Palace Theatre. This earned her a nomination as Best Performer in the Annual Childrens Entertainment Awards. She had her first film role at an early age in Wondrous Oblivion and played the adorable tooth fairy in Tooth. She took a break from acting to complete her school exams but has many fans who will pleased to see her return to the big screen.

Shooting on Submarine starts in Cardiff on October 26th.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Spotlight on Will Poulter




Will Poulter came to prominence when he starred as Lee Carter, the scamp schoolboy in the film Son Of Rambow, (alongside another Screenterrier favourite Bill Milner), for which he was nominated for the NSPCC Most Promising Young Performer award.

His virtuoso performance in School of Comedy, originally performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and now turned into a series for E4 emphasises what a talented actor he is.


Will (represented by Independent Talent) is now 16 years old, and comes from West London where he attended after school drama classes with Laura Lawson to which he credits his success:

"I was very lucky to get involved in acting really," he says. "Ms Lawson was running an after school club, where people could get together and just try improvisational routines. She'd worked as a comedian before and just gave us scripts to read and try out ideas with. We got the chance to perform the act at school, and it's just all developed from there."

Despite his successful stage and screen career, acting wasn't Poulter's first choice. "Like most boys, I originally wanted to be a footballer. But given that I'm 15 and still only three feet tall, I guess I'll have to kiss that idea goodbye."


Currently filming the latest Narnia instalment Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Australia, his portrayal of the Pevensies annoying cousin Eustace Scrubb (seen here with 14 year old co-star Georgie Henley) is bound to win him more plaudits.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Powder



Filming has just wrapped on Mark Elliot's directorial debut - a film adaptation of Kevin Sampson's rock and roll novel "Powder" about a small time band that makes it big in the music industry and succumbs to all the evils it has to offer.

It stars Liam Boyle (Awaydays) (represented by CAM) and Alfie Allen (Equus, Flashbacks of a Fool, and soon to be seen in HBO's Game of Thrones), alongside Screenterrier Face to Watch Jo Woodcock in her second big screen role, and Vinette Robinson (Hope Springs). The film also features cameos and appearances from actors Ralf Little, Linzey Cocker, musician Johnny Marr and model Agyness Deyn.

Alfie Allen stars as Wheezer, the hapless manager trying to hold the fictional band The Grams together. Alfie and Liam nearly worked together on Awaydays which Alfie also auditioned for:

“I auditioned for Kevin’s last film, Awaydays, but the part wasn’t right, and it was difficult to do it with other things I was working on at the time, so it didn’t happen. But they rang me and said they’d love me to play Wheezer this time around, and I knew it was the part for me."

Powder also reunites Liam Boyle with another Awaydays co-star Oliver Lee who plays James Love.

“James Love is the guitarist in The Grams,” explains Oliver. “He’s your archetypal rock star. He’s in it for the girls, the drink, the lifestyle. He reminds me of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, who Johnny Depp based on Keith Richards. So I’m playing Johnny Depp playing a pirate playing a rock star, if that makes sense."

Powder was shot at London's V Festival and various locations in London, Liverpool and Ibiza.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bran cast in Game of Thrones


Speculation on the casting of the final main child role in the up-coming HBO pilot for the Game of Thrones series has resulted in contributors to the Winter Is Coming blog deducing that Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Kent Youth Theatre) has been cast as Bran Stark.

Spotlight on Toby Regbo


Look out for up-and-coming young actor Toby Regbo (represented by BWH), pictured here with 12 year old Thomas Byrne (represented by A&J Management) at the Venice Film Festival premiere of Mr Nobody.
Toby attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith - the same school as film stars Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.























18 year old Toby performed on stage earlier this year as 15 year old Eliot in highly acclaimed Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court (seen here with 16 year old Bel Powley (also BWH)) and now has a number of film roles to look out for.














In Mr Nobody, he plays Nemo aged 16, alongside Juno Temple who plays Anna at 16. Thomas Byrne portrays the 9 year old Nemo.













He will also appear in Glorious 39 as Michael Walton again alongside Ms Temple.


And finally we will see him in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the teenage Dumbledore in flashback scenes showing Dumbledore's troubled past.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Scouting Book for Boys


Having its UK premiere at the London Film Festival is long awaited low budget feature The Scouting Book for Boys starring two of Screenterrier's young Faces to Watch.

Thomas Turgoose and Holliday Grainger (both represented by Troika) star as best friends David and Emily.

Having grown up together on a caravan park on the Norfolk coast where their respective parents work, young teenagers David ( Turgoose) and Emily (Grainger) have become close friends, deeply reliant on each other for distractions and mischief. It's a shock to them both when it's decided that Emily is to be sent away to live with her father, and there's even greater alarm throughout the park community when Emily disappears. David struggles to cope as the situation grows ever more complex.

Turgoose has already starred in Shane Meadows’s This Is England and Somers Town and Grainger in Awaydays and Demons but The Scouting Book for Boys is the first feature film production for the director Tom Harper (maker of acclaimed short Cubs), writer Jack Thorne (playwright and Skins contributor), and also producer Ivana Mackinnon.

It’s a tragic love story, according to the actress Holliday Grainger. Her co-star Thomas Turgoose corrects her: “It’s a love story gone wrong.”

Filming too place around the Norfolk coast from Hunstanton to Lowestoft, with the cast and crew staying on the caravan park location at Holkham Bay.

Mackinnon says: “It was like a school camp. Living on the caravan site and then rolling out of the caravans and shooting.” Turgoose adds: “It was the first film I have done without a chaperone. My caravan was like my own house.”

Grainger says: “I’m quite a lot older than the character but during the film I became 14 for the whole time. Me and Tomo would just come into the production office and cause mayhem.”



Submarine casting news


Screenterrier reported back in July on the open auditions for the lead teen roles in Richard Ayoade's directorial debut Submarine.
Shooting begins at the end of October in Cardiff, and 18 year old Welsh actor Craig Roberts (represented by Cardiff-based agency ATSLI) has been cast in the lead role of Oliver.
Based on Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel, it is the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Oliver Tate who is on a quest to lose his virginity to a pyromaniac bully and to stop his mother leaving his father for her capoeira teacher.
This is the first major film role for Craig who started out in children's TV appearing as Rio 'Wellard' (brother to Chantelle and Roxy) in Tracy Beaker, and starring as Robin in Young Dracula.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

From Time to Time


Directed and adapted by Julian Fellowes, From Time to Time brings Lucy M Boston's Green Knowe stories to the big screen. It premieres in the UK this month at the BFI London Film Festival.

Alex Etel ( Millions and The Water Horse) stars as thirteen-year-old Tolly who is sent to spend Christmas with his grandmother at Green Knowe, far from wartime London, an old house which has been the subject of many mysteries over its long history. Initially, Tolly uncovers a number of these stories from talking to the long-serving staff, but is shocked when ghostly apparitions start visiting him, seemingly in order to help him piece together a number of clues that might, once and for all, solve the riddle of the missing jewels and the cause of the tragic fire that destoyed part of the house over a century before.

Invisible in the past, he begins to unravel the mystery which has bewildered his family for two centuries. But the solution of the puzzle leads him into his greatest adventure yet…


Also starring are 17 year old Eliza Bennett (Nanny McPhee, Inkheart) as Susan, and in his first big screen performance, Kwayedza Kureya, one of the finalists in the BBC's I'd Do Anything search for boys to star in the West End production of Oliver!

From Time To Time was shot on location in and around London, and also at the imposing Athelhampton House in Dorset where the original Sleuth was filmed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Open audition - lead actress - Birkenhead


THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Monday 12th October
Albany Hall, Albany Road Birkenhead, CH42 4QJ
(Next to Victoria Park and close to Mill Lane Police Station)
Auditions 7.30 pm
Open audition for the role of Lilith, the lead in a short film, with the potential for the project to grow into a full length feature film. They are looking for an attractive actresses with the playing ages of 18-25.
The central character ‘Lilith’ beguiles everyone with her beauty. Any dance/movement training would be a distinct advantage. At this stage your look is more important than your acting experience, or ability, but great screen presence is vital! You must be relaxed on camera as you will be filmed at the audition.
You can get a feel for the project by clicking here and going to ‘Lilith’ under the ‘books’ 'ESP' section.
If you think you’re right for this, please send an email registering your interest to:THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.

New Ian Dury Biopic


Bill Milner and Wesley Nelson star in the new biopic of Ian Dury currently in post-production and scheduled for release next year. Wesley is pictured here with Hamish Thompson, himself disabled by polio, who played the part of a disabled boy in a 1950's care home with the young Ian.
13 year old Wesley (represented by the Jackie Palmer Agency) plays the young Ian, who despite being stricken with Polio at an early age defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Accomplished actor 14 year old Bill Milner (Curtis Brown), one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch, appears as Ian's son Baxter.

Monday, October 5, 2009

All Good Children


Shot entirely in France, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in August and the first half of September, UK director Alicia Duffy’s debut feature All Good Children is now in post-production.

Co-produced by Ireland, France and Belgium, this psychological thriller has a cast including young actors Imogen Jones, David Brazil, Jack Gleeson and Austin Moulton.

Written by the director and based on Sam Taylor’s novel The Republic of Trees, All Good Children centres on Dara and Eoin, two young Irish children of 11 and 12, who have to go and live at their aunt’s house in France, following their mother’s suicide.

Eoin soon tries to run away. Terrified at the idea of being abandoned, Dara (Gleeson) seeks comfort from young English neighbour Bella (Imogen Jones). Between them a friendship forms, turning into a true obsession for Dara.

Realising his feelings are not reciprocated, the boy retreats to the forest. Reality and dream merge and he soon sinks into madness.




Jack Gleeson (soon to be seen as Joffrey in the highly-anticipated HBO pilot Game of Thrones) stars as Dara.


David Brazil (Pamela Hughes Drama School) plays his older brother Eoin.


Newcomer Imogen Jones plays Bella with Austin Moulton (Mark Jermin Management) as her young brother Theo.

The title will be released theatrically by Shellac in France, Cinéart in Belgium and Element Pictures in Ireland. International sales are currently under negotiation and the film should be ready for release in spring 2010.

A teenage Del-boy


Filming starts today in London on BBC One's Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Chips (working title), the new comedy drama which focuses on the early years of South London's most famous family, The Trotters, with Nicholas Lyndhurst returning to Peckham to play "art connoisseur" Freddie "The Frog" Robdal and Inbetweeners star James Buckley (represented by Karushi Management) stepping into the teenage shoes (Sixties winkle-pickers) of the nation's favourite wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter.

Centering on the relationships between Joan, Reg, safe-cracker Freddie and teenage Del, the comedy drama will also feature the teenage versions of Only Fools And Horses faves Boycie, Trigger, Denzil and Roy Slater.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Anubis House


Filming is currently underway in Liverpool on the pilot for Lime Pictures new gothic teen drama for the BBC ANUBIS HOUSE. It's new for CBBC but has been a huge success in Belgium and the Netherlands over six seasons. The series follows the lives, loves and adventures of 8 teenagers, 4 boys and 4 girls, living in a boarding house together.



The cast includes Sarah Jane Adventures star Daniel Anthony (represented by A&J Management) as Alfie,



17 year old newcomer Jack Horscraft (Tomorrow's Talent) from Tiptree in Essex,


and
Danielle Branch (represented by Regan-Rimmer) from South Wales as Amber.





UPDATE March 2010:

Anubis House is now being produced for Nickelodeon UK as "House of Anubis" and the series will have an entirely new cast from the pilot. It is still being produced by Lime Pictures and is due to be screened in autumn 2010.

Friday, October 2, 2009

More extras for 4321


More extras needed for 4.3.2.1

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