Friday, November 27, 2009
URGENT CASTING CALL - FEATURE FILM:
Title: The Man Inside
Casting Director: Jane Frisby
Four teenagers required - playing age 16-18 to play the leads in a new Feature Film called The Man Inside
3 Black Actors: East London
One black boy and a girl who are brother and sister. 1 friend.
1 White Male: Age 16-18
Please Send CV and Headshot by Post only to:
THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.
Georgie Henley on board the Dawn Treader, and Ben Barnes with Skandar Keynes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Antonia plays spoilt princess Alisha, whose power means she unwillingly drives people wild with desire at a single touch. Antonia was rehearsing her final play at Bristol Old Vic Drama School when she was cast as Alisha. Misfits marks Antonia's screen debut.
Pictured are the two young stars, Saoirse Ronan and Rose McIver.
US Release: 15th January 2010
UK Release: 29th January 2010
Australian Release: 26th December 2009
Dench advises that one of the most important things is staying determined and being aware of your surroundings. Dench says that being a stage and screen actor requires an abundant amount of energy and that you should watch actors that you admire and if possible, get their opinions on your representation of characters.
In the interview she goes into detail on the actors she observed and the technique she used when she was starting her acting career.
To watch the video and view the advice she gives click here.
Newcomers Sam Attwater and Ricky Norwood take on the roles of Leon Small and Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb, and Bunmi Mojekwu and Emer Kenny will portray Mercy Olubunmi and Zsa Zsa Carter.
The foursome arrive in Walford with the hope of escaping their home lives and after deciding to squat at 89b George Street, they only have each other to depend on.
As the 13-part miniseries evolves, the secrets that drove them out of their homes are slowly revealed and through it all, their friendships are cemented.
Deborah Sathe, Producer of EastEnders revealed her excitement at the casting. "Developing an online spin-off using Albert Square as a playground has been fantastic," she said. "It is so exciting to see these four young Londoners collide with the residents of Walford. The E20 site really celebrates these characters to the max and there will be lots of added extras!"
Diederick Santer, Executive Producer of EastEnders: E20, added: "Not content with having E20 written by new writers, and our theme tune remixed by the audience, we've now found four talented newcomers from London to front the show. Emer, Bunmi, Ricky and Sam are brilliant young performers - noisy and fun."
You'll be able to get a sneak peek at Fatboy, Leon and Zsa Zsa when they gatecrash the main EastEnders show just before their online debut in early January.
16 year old Zsa Zsa (niece of Eastenders character Shirley) is played by multi-talented 20 year old Emer Kenny from London - also one of the thirteen young writers of EastEnders: E20. "I'm really thrilled to have been given the opportunity to both write for and act in a show connected with such an iconic drama as EastEnders," she said.
17 year old "Fatboy" Arthur Chubb is played by newcomer 19 year old Ricky Norwood from Stratford. "I am so excited to be on the show, it's an honour to now be part of a show that has been on in my house for as long as I have been alive," confessed Ricky "I am born and bred in the East End - a stone's throw from the real Albert Square - it feels like a homecoming. I love being part of a cast that feels like family and can't wait to have a scene in the Vic."
Young boxer Leon, also 17, is played by 23 year old Sam Attwater (represented by K Talent) from Guildford, who attended Italia Conti and has previously appeared in Hollyoaks. "It is a great privilege to be working with such great actors and on such an established show." "It's an amazing opportunity and I'm really enjoying tackling a character like Leon who has so much going on!"
Mercy Olubunmi who lives with her strict grandmother is played by 20 year old Bunmi Mojekwu (represented by JLM Management)
"I feel so blessed to be a part of Eastenders: E20" revealed actress Bunmi Mojekwu. "My first day on set was just crazy. I was on Albert Square - a dream come true - I'm enjoying every second!"
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Casting Director Karen Lindsay-Stewart is currently looking for the LEAD ROLE in a film about a mother and son on a road trip. The story is both moving and funny.
Tom is a 14 - 18 year old - A bit cheeky maybe.... Certainly up for an adventure. Definitely a walking paradox: tough but a charmer; thoughtful yet unthinking; an idealist yet cynical.
Accent: standard English/London.
The film will shoot in England from June to August 2010.
To audition register with www.thecastingscene.com, it is currently free to submit an audition tape for this project.
The audition close date has been extended to 31/01/2010.
And 29-year-old Brit Ben Whishaw landed the award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Ben Coulter in the BBC’s five-part drama Criminal Justice.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
23 year old Aaron Taylor (represented by The Harris Agency, Watford) from London plays 'H' who is 18 - a hard-bitten, small-time drug dealer who finds himself having to look after his two younger brothers, 15 year old Casey, who has learning difficulties, and 10 month old baby Severino. The ...three of them hit the road after Casey takes Sevvie from foster care in a bid to look after him himself. The police think Casey is a criminal. H thinks he's insane. Casey just thinks brothers should stick together.
AWOL started filming in October and has travelled around various locations in the North West of England, a tough but tender story about Britain's lost kids, it seems likely to follow in the footsteps of Kindle's Children's BAFTA-nominated drama from last year Dustbin Baby.
Friday, November 20, 2009
This big screen version of Charlotte Bronte’s romantic novel with gothic overtones, is to be directed by Cary Fukunaga with Ruby Films' Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits producing.
The new film intends to emphasize the 'sinister gothic' elements of the original story. Michael Fassbender will play Mr Rochester.
Wasikowska is currently being seen on TV in the UK as the young gymnast in pyschotherapy drama In Treatment and will next be seen on the big screen as Alice alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which Disney is releasing next year.
Filming on Jane Eyre is due to start at the beginning of next year.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Swindon-born Billie (an ex-pupil of Sylvia Young Theatre School) shot to fame in the 1990s as a teenage singer, and then won rave reviews for her role as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who.
She had taken time away from acting after having given birth to a son, Winston, last year, but has now returned to acting.
Writer Kay Mellor said Dr Who actress Billie Piper "blew her away" when she auditioned for the film adaptation of her worldwide hit play A Passionate Woman.
On the final day of filming for the BBC drama yesterday, much of it in Leeds, the award-winning scriptwriter admitted she had initially been "resistant" to using the former pop star.
But she was won over by the young actress, whose skill in bringing the character of Betty to life was all the more important because she is based on Kay's mother Dinah who died three years ago.
A Passionate Woman tells the story of a young wife and mother who falls in love with her Polish neighbour in 1950s Leeds, only for her affair to implode 30 years later on her son's wedding day.
Co-director Kay said: "I didn't go out to get her (Billie). She got hold of the script through her agent and read it and absolutely loved it and was desperate to meet us."
She added: "There was a little bit of resistance really, because of who she is."
She said Billie was shaking when she walked in to her audition, telling her it was because, "I just really want the part".
Kay said: "She read three scenes for us and she blew me away. I thought she was absolutely brilliant."
Set in Leeds in the Fifties Cold War period, Billie stars as Betty, a young wife and mother who reluctantly falls passionately and hopelessly in love with her charismatic Polish neighbour, Alex Crazenovski, played by Theo James.
But little does Betty know that some 30 years later, in Eighties Thatcherite Britain, her affair will implode on her beloved son Mark's wedding day.
Andrew Lee Potts plays Mark in the Eighties.
Sue Johnston, stars as Betty in the Eighties opposite Alun Armstrong who plays her devoted, if dull, husband, Donald. The younger Donald is played by Alun Armstrong's real-life son Joe Armstrong, in his first on-screen appearance with his father.
Margaret, Betty's sister, is always there for her sibling through thick and thin, and in her younger years aided and abetted Betty's affair. Frances Barber plays Margaret in the Eighties and Rachel Leskovac plays Margaret in the Fifties.
A Passionate Woman will transmit on BBC1 in 2010.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is the first major role for severely deaf actress Genevieve Barr, who won the coveted role of Amelia while she was on the Teach First scheme, teaching in a challenging inner London secondary school. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Genevieve has recently filmed the role of Jessica in the sitcom pilot Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot, which debuts on Channel 4 on the 4th December.
In The Silence, Amelia has recently been fitted with a cochlear implant, enabling her to hear, but she struggles to accept that she has a place in the hearing world.
Breaking free from her over-protective parents (Gina McKee – In The Loop, Fiona's Story and Hugh Bonneville – Ben Hur, Lost In Austen), she goes to stay with her party-loving cousins, homicide detective uncle Jim (Douglas Henshall – Collision, Primeval) and warm-hearted aunt Maggie (Dervla Kirwan – Ondine, Moving On).
Amelia witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman, and is reluctantly propelled further into a loud and frightening world.
The Silence is about an ordinary family where something extraordinary happens. The teenagers' partying lifestyles and casual drug-taking collide with Jim's investigation, and all their lives are hurled into a cacophony of police corruption, betrayal, drugs, and murder.
Filming has just started in Dublin on the 4x60 episode drama and last night Genevieve said: "The Silence is a fantastic opportunity to explore life through a deaf person's eyes and I am thrilled to have been offered the role.
"I have my hands full with Amelia! I have had my first day of filming and it was exhausting but amazing playing my first scenes opposite Gina McKee, who plays my mother."
BBC One’s Polly Hill says: “The Silence is a compelling thriller but at its heart is the story of Amelia, a young deaf girl thrust into the unfamiliar and uncomfortable hearing world and unwittingly into the police investigation.
“It was really important that we cast an actress who was not only the best person for the role but could bring authenticity and diversity to the part. Genevieve Barr promises to be wonderful as Amelia."
The Silence is being made by Company Pictures – the outfit responsible for hit dramas such as ‘Shameless’, ‘Wild At Heart’ and the BAFTA award winning ‘Skins’.
Daniel Roche (Suzi Earnshaw Theatre School), aged 9 who plays Ben, Tyger Drew-Honey (represented by Hobsons International and now Curtis Brown) , aged 13 who plays Jake, and Ramona Marquez (aged 7) who plays Karen are currently working on a 2009 Christmas Special and the 3rd series.
Ramona Marquez has also just been seen in the role of Imogen Blyton in BBC4's biopic Enid.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
You can see a sneak preview hereSkins 4 will celebrate the triumph of the teenage spirit in the face of uncertainty and the institutional pressure thrown up by the current cultural/economic climate – proving that teenagers are not simply drugged-up consumers, but powerful beings whose emotional strength and determination knows no bounds, and who can defeat any obstacle with an emotional purity and honesty lost to the adult world.
In these troubled times, teenagers are our moral and spiritual compass. They hold the world together. This uncertain future belongs to them.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Originally from Portlaoise, Robert started acting at age 14:
"I fell into it funnily actually, through an open call for Song For a Raggy Boy, in which I got a small part. Then I wanted to carry on acting because of the amazing fun we had, so I acquired an agent (who represented some of the other guys in the film) and carried on doing bits and pieces in TV and film."Robert appeared as series regular Addison Teller in Rock Rivals. He gave a notable performance as BJ in Channel 4's Red Riding which aired earlier this year.
Next year will be a big year for him, with the anticipated release of Cherrybomb in which he stars alongside Rupert Grint and Kimberly Nixon, and another big-screen outing for him in The Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage should bring him to the attention of international audiences.
And Screenterrier has already reported on his casting in I was Bono's Doppelganger (with Ben Barnes) which is due to start shooting in Ireland next year.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
The film is based on a play from the 80's, where the entire action took place in a lunch cafe and starred only three characters. Freddie plays the part of Harold/Hally, a spoilt South African school boy.
Hally, a white South African, is torn between his bigoted biological father’s expectations of him and those of his spiritual father, Sam, a black waiter and Hally’s friend and teacher. Young Hally is obliged to laugh at his father’s racist jokes and empty chamber pots; by contrast, Sam exposes Hally to positive experiences. After being humiliated by his father, Sam shows Hally how to be proud of something he’s achieved by helping him build and fly his own kite. A timeless story of racial and family strife, set in 1950 South Africa.
ARG) has been working steadily since 2004's FINDING NEVERLAND, opposite Johnny Depp, who he teamed up with again the following year in Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. He's also starred in such films as A GOOD YEAR, AUGUST RUSH, the animated ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES, and THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. He's a lot taller now, and his voice is now in the lower registers, but he still has those boyish Freddie Highmore looks.
Watch the trailer:
Sunday, November 8, 2009
It doesn't seem possible that Melissa Gilbert, 45, the Half Pint of our childhood memories, should be a 40-something mom to a teenager and grown adults.
Gilbert, who lives in California with husband Bruce Boxleitner, has decided to embrace a new challenge: embodying the role of Ma as "Little House on the Prairie, the Musical" tours the US this autumn.
Gilbert took a few minutes from her busy schedule to chat with a local newspaper and give advice to parents of young actors:
Q: What drew you to do the "Little House on the Prairie" touring show?
Gilbert: It was a combination of the book and the music, so compelling. This was a chance for me at the age of 42, 43 to really challenge myself (to do something) I'd never done before, but in familiar territory. There's singing, there's dancing.
Q: How does the stage production of "Little House" compare to your TV show and the original book by Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Gilbert: We stick a lot closer to the books in the theater production. With 10 years on TV, we had to go with the dramatic license. We had to create characters that didn't exist in Laura Ingalls Wilder's world.
The musical sticks very closely to the books.
Q: How have you made your interpretation of Ma different from Karen Grassle's on TV? Was it difficult to recreate the character?
Gilbert: It definitely has a memory of her music as Ma, but I approached it as I would any role. I didn't go out to get something different; I tried to create my own version. Oh, and I'm not blond. Ma is not going to be blond.
Q: From your perspective as a mother and former child actress, what advice would you give to moms of would-be actors and actresses?
Gilbert: Let them remain in school. Do acting in community theater and regional theater until they are ready to go off on their own in the world. My son is in this show with me, but he is in the show "with me." I know all the pitfalls all too well.
As soon as a child star starts earning more money than anyone else in the family, the dynamic changes, no matter how functional the family is.
Regional theater is fine. Let them go to school and then later, when they are ready, go out on their own.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Starring Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Wild at Heart) as young Simon and Layton Williams as his best friend Kylie.
17 year old Luke rose to fame as Evan in ITV's family drama series set in Africa. He started acting at the Young Actors Company (previously Whizz Kids) in Cambridge. Luke also starred alongside Sean Bean in Sharpe's Peril, who sang the praises of his young co-star:
“Luke’s such a wonderful actor he knew exactly what he was doing. He’s such a great young man as well. Working with someone like him, whose acting is so truthful and sincere, it can make you cry. He almost had me going every time we did a scene together. You’d be proud to have him as your son.
“If you’re working with someone like Luke it really spurs you on. I think there were some fantastic performances in this film, which were enhanced by such a well written script by Russell Lewis.”
15 year old Layton from Manchester landed the role of Billy Elliot in the West End musical in 2007 and moved to London to attend Sylvia Young Stage School on a scholarship. He also played the role of young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. Layton now attends Italia Conti.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Attack the Block follows the story of a gang of south London teenagers who are forced to defend their tower block from alien invasion. It is described by Will Clarke, CEO of Optimum Releasing (the company backing the project), as one of the most “inventive and entertaining scripts” out there right now. The film’s official synopsis says a bit more:
An attractive young woman walks home through dark, dangerous streets in south London. She falls into an ambush. Five ghoulish, hooded youths surround her— they take her mobile, her purse, her engagement ring, but they want more. Just then, a fireball explodes out of the sky and destroys a nearby parked car.
From the wreckage emerges a vicious little alien that the youths hunt down, kill and triumphantly parade back to their block. But their adventure is not over. The night is still young and the attack on the block has only just begun…
Joe Cornish of comedy duo "Adam and Joe" fame, also co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Black Unicorn, which is currently in production.
Shooting on Attack The Block is due to start at the beginning of February 2010 for 10 weeks.
All applicants must be London Based. The following roles are currently casting:
ROLE: Streetwise black or mixed-race boys and girls with genuine London street accents.
They should be aged 16 or over but be young-looking – They must be able to play proper South London street kids on a London council estate. They must have plenty of attitude and witty banter. We are definitely not looking for middle-class kids.
ROLE: Caucasian boy – 10 years old. Street wise, full of energy.
ROLE: Black Male – 10 Years old. Street wise, full of energy.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The film starts shooting January 11 on location in Northern Ireland with additional photography in Dublin and London.The script is written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments).
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The film tells three parallel stories that eventually intersect – about a French TV journalist, played by Cecile de France, who suffers a near-death experience during the Asian tsunami of 2004; a drug-addicted English single mother, played by Lyndsey Marshal, who loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident; and Damon's character, who can talk to the dead but prefers not to.
Matt Damon stars as GEORGE, a “handsome, shy, soft-spoken” factory worker with a psychic gift he is trying to deny.
Meanwhile, across the world, two different plotlines play out that are touched by tragedy. Beautiful French journalist MARIE (played by Cecile de France) recovers from a near-death experience in the 2004 tsunami, then becomes increasingly gripped with questions about what she saw before she was revived.
At the same time in London, MARCUS loses his twin brother and shuts down emotionally while searching for any way to contact his lost family member in the afterlife.
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