Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Olly Alexander makes his stage debut

Currently to be seen at cinemas in Gasper Noe's Enter The Void, Olly Alexander has made his stage debut in The Aliens at the Bush Theatre. Olly was one of Screenterrier's Faces To Watch in 2009 and will also be seen in the lead role of Paul in upcoming BBC3 drama The Fades.

In The Aliens, Olly plays Evan, a newly recruited waiter with a keen work ethic at a small coffee shop in Vermont. On discovering a pair of intellectual loungers perched in the staff’s dilapidated smoking area, Evan is gently drawn into their world of soft drugs, new-age philosophies and bands that never quite were, realising that there might be more to life than he’d previously thought.

His debut has been met with widespread critical acclaim. In the Evening Standard, Henry Hitchings writes, “The highlight is Olly Alexander as Evan. Shortly to be seen in a new film of Gulliver’s Travels, he has a precision and oddly nervous charm that make him a significant talent to watch.”

Mark Shenton of The Stage describes Olly’s as a “remarkable stage debut...He’s a riveting presence, wide-eyed (and even wider-eared) with fascination and fear.”

The Aliens runs at the Bush Theatre in London until 16th October.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First look - Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black

Hammer Films' The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer started shooting this week. Pictured is Dan in his role as Arthur Kipps.

Hinds will play the local landowner who counsels Daniel Radcliffe as he investigates this Victorian mystery. McTeer will play Hinds’ on-screen wife, Mrs. Daily.

Directed by  James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, The Debt), The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.

Sophie Stuckey, soon to be seen as the lead in Summer in Transylvania, plays Arthur Kipps' doomed fiancee Stella.

Two young actors, who worked together in the summer on The Awakening, have been cast as some of the young children in the village, many of whom have mysteriously died.

9 year old Sidney Johnston will play the part of Nicholas Daily and 11 year old Alfie Field will play Tom Hardy.

Auditions have also been under way for a 3 - 5 year old boy to play Edward the son of Arthur Kipps.


The film is scheduled for release in October 2011.

Ophelia Lovibond hits Hollywood

Ophelia Lovibond's star is set to hit a steep rise, since appearing in Screen International's influential Stars of Tomorrow, as she has joined the cast of Fox's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," the family comedy starring Jim Carrey being directed by Mark Waters, according to THR.

Based on the award-winning book by Richard and Florence Atwater, "Penguins" tells the story of a high-powered businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins. As he gets acquainted with, and increasingly attached to, his winged roommates, Popper's life quickly unravels. His swanky New York apartment is turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he's long been working on is derailed, and he almost lands in jail. But thanks to his new charges, Popper comes to understand the importance of family, human and otherwise.

Lovibond is playing Poppers' personal assistant. The film is set to shoot next month in New York.

24 year old Ophelia (represented by BWH) has been quietly making a name for herself in the UK, appearing in TV and film roles since she was 14. More recently she appeared in a small role as a love interest to Aaron Johnson in "Nowhere Boy." She also will be seen in William Monahan's "London Boulevard" with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, and in Hideo Nakata's Chatroom, and most recently appeared in Noel Clarke's "4321" with Emma Roberts. She will make her American debut in "No Strings," the Ivan Reitman comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

Urban Musical feature film open casting - UPDATED!

Casting director Amy Hubbard is searching for a talented female singer aged 16 - 21 years to star in an URBAN MUSICAL.

You must have a British accent, can be any ethnicity, streetwise and attractive.

PLEASE PREPARE 2 verses or 1 verse & a chorus from a song of your own choosing (unaccompanied).

The film is about 'Jamie' she is a young offender who forms a GOSPEL CHOIR to escape her destructive life in London.

Jamie is a fantastic and exceptional singer with a strong and interesting look. She can come from any region but must be street - a tough working class girl. She is an offender but has a vulnerability which we see despite the tough side of her. She does not have to be a trained actress or singer she just should have it all. She does time in prison and writes her own songs, and her songs and lyrics are woven through the story. She joins a Gospel choir and then ends up performing and singing her own stuff with a following.

The OPEN CASTING is being held from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday 2nd October at the American Church 79A, Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD

Breaking Dawn finds its Renesmee?

With news that casting for a young Renesmee was underway, EW.com has reported that little 9-year old Mackenzie Foy is "inches away" from signing on to play Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s vampire/human love child that’s a central role in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Although this has not been confirmed by Summit Entertainment, so it will be interesting to see if it's true. It may just be wishful thinking - there was even a petition launched last year to get her cast in the role!

Hunky Dory

Filming has just wrapped on Welsh  musical comedy feature film Hunky Dory. Open auditions were held back in September in Swansea.

The film stars Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, whose father orginally hails from Swansea.

Starring opposite Minnie are rising stars Aneurin Barnard (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), winner of the 2010 Olivier award for best actor in a musical for the West End musical Spring Awakening, and Kimberley Nixon (also Ken McReddie) who recently starred in Cherrybomb alongside Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.

Hunky Dory  is set in Swansea in the summer of 1976 – the hottest summer the UK has ever seen. It is half-way between a musical and a drama and centres around the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show; a rock and roll, space age version of Shakespeare’s Tempest using the kids’ favourite pop songs to tell the story. A kind of grand “rock opera” in the tradition of “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” which were all the rage at the time.

The film follows her single-handed attempt to put the show on and knock these teenagers into shape, a hard enough task made harder by the relentless sunshine and enticing beaches of Swansea.

The story is essentially a simple one about a school show, and the plot centres around a burnt down school hall, an ill judged affair and the everyday trials and tribulations of teenage life.

Minnie Driver told the London Evening Standard: "If it works, it's going to be so stunning, and so heartbreaking.

"All these little kids putting their fingers on jam jars, making whoo-whoo sounds for the Velvet Underground, it's absolutely magic."

Minnie, said her musical background, which has seen her release two solo albums, makes her ideal casting for the role.

The Gavin and Stacey fan added she believed she had a convincing Welsh accent.
"I have the most brilliant dialect coach who does all the Billy Elliots around the world," she said.

Hunky Dory is produced by Jon Finn (Billy Elliot) and directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake, My Little Eye). The film is expected to be released in 2011.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Expressions Casting Agency

Expressions Casting Agency has now opened their books for new applicants.

We are seeking children aged 4-16 years of age for Commercials, Film, TV, Theatre and photographic work.
Experience is not essential and new faces are very welcome.
Children from all over the UK required.

How do I apply:-
Please complete the application form downloadable from www.expressionscasting.co.uk and send with a photo of your child. (Snap shots are fine at this stage) 
to expressionsapplicants@btconnect.com
(Or contact us by email and we can email the application form through to you)
If successful we will be holding 2 casting workshops days at the end of October (One at Expressions home base in Nottinghamshire, the other in Central London) where we will be able to meet and work with your child for the day.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon. 
Maxine Glasby 

Proprietor Expressions Casting Agency

Skins Season 5 - Meet Sean Teale

18 year old  Sean Teale (represented by Waring and McKenna) from East Putney, was unveiled back in August as one of the new stars of E4’s teen drama Skins.

Sean, who lives near Wandsworth Park, said being part of the show was an “amazing opportunity”, adding the cast and crew had “so much fun together”.

Sean went through the audition process for Skins while he was revising for his A-levels at Latymer Upper School, in Hammersmith.

Then, one day before his 18th birthday in June, this year, Sean received a life-changing phonecall.
“The producer called me and said ‘I want to give you an early birthday present, you’ve got the part’.
“But the problem was I could not tell anyone - I probably just wanted to scream.”

Sean, who has deferred his place at Manchester University studying history and economics to pursue his acting career, remained tight-lipped about his role in the show.

He revealed his character was a bit of a jock, but “not that sort of 2D standard American jock”.
“He goes out with one of the other girls in the cast. Although it appears he may have the perfect life you get to see he’s actually very vulnerable. He does some things that would be frowned upon to put it politely.”

And asked whether the cast’s hijinks continued off-screen, Sean said “everything is done in moderation”, adding it was “civilised and rowdy at the same time”.
“We do have a lot of fun together but nowhere near enough fun to jeopardize the job we are doing.”

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4

Doctor Who Magazine reports that The Sarah Jane Adventures will return to BBC Television on Monday 11th October 2010.

The fourth series will again star Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane. Young actors Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra return as popular regulars Luke, Clyde and Rani. Plus a guest appearance  from the Eleventh Doctor Who, Matt Smith and XFactor finalist Lucie Jones (represented by CAM).



The Sarah Jane Adventures airs every Monday and Tuesday at 5.15pm on CBBC channel and on Wednesday and Thursday at 4.30pm on BBC Two in the first week moving to BBC One thereafter.

And, new to CBBC this year, Sarah Jane and the Bannerman Road gang recount their adventures each week in Sarah Jane's Alien Files – the ultimate guide of everything you could possibly need to know when facing hostile aliens.

Emma Watson's next role


Emma Watson has graduated from Hogwarts and landed her first post-Harry Potter grown-up role, according to Baz Bamigboye in the Mail.
The actress, now 20, who has played Hermione Granger in eight movies, including the much-anticipated two final Deathly Hallows instalments, has won a part opposite Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper and Judi Dench in the movie My Week With Marilyn.
The film tells the story of Colin Clark (Redmayne), who worked as Laurence Olivier's assistant on the picture The Prince And The Showgirl, which starred bombshell Marilyn Monroe (Williams) and Olivier ( Branagh), who also directed.

Emma will play Lucy, a wardrobe assistant working behind the scenes during the making of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956.

Lucy and Clark had a few dates which, according to his book The Prince, The Showgirl And Me (a precursor to My Week With Marilyn), usually involved Clark whizzing her up to London in his Bristol sports car, visiting a club and going on to his parents' 'set' at The Albany, where 'she kisses like an angel'.

The main shooting schedule for My Week With Marilyn begins at Pinewood Studios on October 4.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Made In Dagenham

Rising star 15 year old Robbie Kay pictured at the premiere of Made in Dagenham at the Odeon Leicester square on Monday (20th September), . The film has a fantastic British cast including Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson and Jaime Winstone. Robbie plays the role of Graham (the son of Sally Hawkins's character Rita).

Robbie has recently returned to the UK following 11 weeks in Hawaii and Los Angeles filming the role of the Cabin Boy in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 4 : On Stranger Tides, and is now currently shooting in London.

He will also soon be seen in the lead role of Sam in Gustavo Ron's "Ways to Live Forever" adapted from the highly acclaimed children's book by Sally Nicholls.

Also appearing in Made in Dagenham is 10 year old Sian Scott (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) who plays Graham's younger sister Sharron.



Made in Dagenham opens in UK cinemas on October 1st.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Never Let Me Go - Behind The Scenes

The actors who played the three main characters in NEVER LET ME GO as adults (Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley) as well as children (Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe and Ella Purnell) discuss what it was like to work together to create three fully realized characters.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Breaking Dawn Renesmee auditions underway

Casting is currently underway to find a 4 year old girl to play "Young Renesmee" in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Renesmee is the half-human, half-vampire daughter of Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). The casting directors are holding auditions in New York and Los Angeles and are looking for a young girl who has some acting experience and is confident on a film set environment. This girl should have self-composure, good physical posture, and be very attentive, able to take direction well, and be quick to react. They also would prefer a girl with dance training.

The casting directors are not having open casting calls for this role due to the extremely high profile nature of the project. Rene Haynes, who was the casting director that handled Native American roles for the Twilight Saga films New Moon and Eclipse, held open casting calls for the films. She was quoted as saying, “It was crazy, especially in the early days, in the first four weeks after the announcement that my office was casting these roles we stopped counting emails after 20,000. We had created a dedicated email address for the project. We got so many we had to create another one."


Filming on Breaking Dawn Part I starts November 1, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Vinyl

Filming has wrapped in Rhyl, North Wales on punk comedy Vinyl. Filmed over the summer, Vinyl is inspired by how The Alarm singer Mike Peters had a song rejected and used a young band to mime to his record – which then became a hit. His point was to highlight ageism in the music industry.

The film is directed and co-written by Mike’s childhood friend Sara Sugarman and stars Phil Daniels, Keith Allen, Julia Ford and Perry Benson.

Director and co-writer Sara is delighted with how filming went in Denbighshire. She said: “We’ve had 24 days of shooting and we’re doing our last day here then a few more things in London.”
Explaining the plot, she said: “It’s about how Mike Peters in 2004 was told by a label he was too old to put out his single. So he got four 17-year-olds to mime to his record and it went straight into the charts. When they found out it was Mike, they pulled it.”

Auditions were held for local 15- 18 year olds in the north Wales area for parts in the film. Auditionees had to perform a musical piece with MAJOR PUNK ATTITUDE and play the guitar as well as display their acting skills.

The final line-up for The Poppyfields:

19 year old Jamie Blackley stars as Drainpipe. Jamie (represented by United Agents) was a member of the original Spring Awakening cast, and played George Harrison in the stage adaptation of Beatles musical Backbeat. He has had a number of small TV and film roles including one in E4's Misfits.




Local Rhyl actress 15 year old Alexa Davies who plays Flora.





Joining her in the "band" are fellow local students 17 year old Will Peters,








and Dani Washington,
and Joel Sugarman, nephew of the director Sara Sugarman.


Vinyl is scheduled for release in 2011.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bristol casting call

The Dark Half
The Dark Half is a micro budget feature film that will be shooting in Bristol in autumn 2010. It is a psychological horror set in Hartcliffe. The producers of the film wil be casting during September for the following roles:
Marie: Female lead. – lives in Hartcliffe and runs every day on Dundry Hill. A vulnerable teenager struggling with the transition to adulthood. Playing age 15.
Michelle: Marie’s best friend. More confident and grown up than Marie, but fast losing patience with her friend’s strange behaviour. Playing age 15.
Mark:  Michelle’s boyfriend. Something of a bad influence,  cocky and insensitive to Marie’s problems. Playing age 20.
If you are interested in auditioning for one of these parts you MUST be over 16 years of age and have availability during October and November for rehearsals and shooting.
Initial workshop auditions: Tuesday 21st September 6PM
Wednesday 22nd September 6PM
Wednesday 29th September 8PM
Venue: Travelling Light Theatre, Barton Hill Settlement,     43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 0AX
There will be a recall audition with the producers and director of the film on Friday  1st and Saturday 2nd October (times and venue to be confirmed.)
To secure a slot at the initial audition or for any further questions, e-mail darkhalfcasting@gmail.com with your name, age, a contact telephone number and your preferred audition time.
The Dark Half is one of the successful commissions from the iFeatures scheme run by South West Screen.

Excluded

Excluded is a one-off drama showing as part of BBC Two's School Season.

It's set in the fictional The Lamont School, a struggling comprehensive in north London. Spanning the first few weeks of a new school year, the drama charts the intersecting stories of Amanda (Monica Dolan), an ambitious headmistress, Ian (Bryan Dick), an idealistic new maths teacher, and Mark, a troubled and disruptive pupil. 

The heart of the film is in Ian and Mark's fractious relationship, with newcomer George Whitehead playing the lead role of Mark.

To find the young cast, the casting director Sarah Counsell  eschewed theatre schools in favour of street casting and drama groups for kids who had themselves been excluded from school.

Directed by Misha Manson-Smith, the drama was filmed on location at The Grange School in Bristol for two weeks in the summer.


Excluded is on BBC Two at 9pm and BBC HD at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 21 September.

Harry Potter youngsters

The filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows meant lots of parts for younger versions of the existing cast and the epilogue providing glimpses of the next generation as Harry and Ginny, and Hermione and Ron see their children off to Hogwarts. Some pics of filming of the epilogue here.

Some of the lucky youngsters cast include:

10 year old Ryan Turner (represented by CS Management) from Huntingdon, as Hugo Weasley, the son of Hermione and Ron.

11 year old Ellie Darcey-Alden (represented by A&J Management) from Yarnton, as young Lily Evans (Harry's mother (Geraldine Somerville) in a flash-back scene)

12 year old Rohan Gotobed (represented by Abacus) from Poole, as young Sirius Black.


14 year old newcomer Will Dunn from Hampshire appears in the epilogue as James Sirius Potter, Harry and Ginny's eldest son.

And 12 year old Arthur Bowen plays his younger brother Albus Severus, (pictured filming at Kings Cross station)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Suicide Kids casting call - UPDATED!

CASTING FOR SUICIDE KIDS THE MOVIE

CASTING THE BIGGEST UK SLASHER MOVIE OF ALL TIME

DIRECTED BY ARJUN ROSE
PRODUCED BY JASON MAZA

This film is set to do what SCREAM did in America for the UK!

Filming starts November 22nd
Casting starts NOW!!

Looking for 17-23 year old London based actors from all walks of life and experience.

Get CVs and photos into VHJ Casting . 22 Torrington Place . London WC1E 7HP. Marked suicidekidsfilm

Below are the character breakdowns:


Archie (white/mixed)
Archie (17/18) is a loner. His mentally unstable father killed his mother and then committed suicide years ago. Archie now lives with his grandma and suffers from regular nightmares. Although suicidal, Archie has found reason to live in his affections for Jasmine.

Jasmine (mixed/asian)

Jasmine (17/18) is smart, witty and sexy. Jasmine was abused as a child and now lives with her adopted parents. Jasmine has suffered in the past from dissociative identity disorder. Jasmine likes Archie but she’s ready to die.

Kenny (white)

Kenny (17/18) the son of a wealthy businessman is insensitive, eccentric and obsessive. He is the driving force behind the teenager’s suicide pact and wants as much publicity from it as he can get. Kenny is coming round to the idea that a mass murder may get him more attention.

Ashleigh (black)

Ashleigh (17/18) is beautiful, popular, cares for her disabled father and is a self harmer. Ashleigh’s party is coming up and is the intended scene of the group’s suicide pact.

Samantha (white)

Fashion model Samantha (17/18) suffers from Bulimia. She’s quiet and withdrawn.

James (overweight – white/black/asian/mixed)

James (17/18) is the target of bullies. He is overweight and lives with his single mother who doesn’t know how to make his life easier.

Cain (black)

Cain (17/18) is athletic, good looking, a successful student and likeable. The only problem is that his father no longer speaks to him since he revealed that he is gay.

Sachin (asian/mixed)

Sachin (17/18) sells drugs at college. He has been ostricised by his family and now lives in a hostel.


Curtis (any)

College bully.


CVs and photos to VHJ Casting . 22 Torrington Place . London WC1E 7HP.
Marked suicidekidsfilm

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tati's Hotel


New CITV Childrens Series 'Tati's Hotel' will feature Mya-Lecia (represented by Alphabet Kidz) in the lead role of seven and a half year ol 'Tati', and is due to start filming this coming November through to December in Cardiff.

Tati's Hotel is a new series from Cardiff and Bristol based Machine Productions and is described as a magical Fawlty Towers for children, with a bright, unstoppable, heroine Tati.

'Tati' is the smallest little girl in a very large family full of aunts and uncles, cousins, brother, sisters, cats & dogs. Phew!  She wishes for a house of her own with millions of bedrooms, squidgy sofas to snuggle into, friends she can have friends with and a kitchen full of treats, a place where she is important.

One day 'Tati' finds a key that sparkles and shines and opens the door to a hotel... underneath the cobwebs and dust 'Tati' can see a place where she can have fun, adventure and a wonderful time..


The 26-part series is due to be screened next spring on CITV.

The Impossible casting news

Photo credit: David Barker
Filming began in August in Alicante, Spain on Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Screenterrier reported on the open casting call that went out to find the three young boys to play the three brothers in a family who get separated after a tsumani wave hits their holiday resort.

Billy Elliot The Musical star 14 year old Tom Holland (represented by Curtis Brown) has been cast in the main role of Lucas, the eldest brother. Tom, from Kingston-upon-Thames is the son of comedian Dominic Holland, and spent nearly two years playing Billy Elliot in the West End after landing the role when he was 12, finishing his run in May this year.
Little Oaklee Pendergast (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) will play the youngest brother Simon, with newcomer Samuel Joslin as Thomas.

Shooting on the film will move from Spain to Thailand in October.

Skins Season 5 - Meet Alex Arnold

17 year old  Alex Arnold (represented by Rossmore Management) is set to play a metalhead heavy metal fan called Richard Hardbeck in the teenage TV drama Skins
Alex describes his character and the audition process he went through to get the part in Season 5 of Skins.

“ My character is a metalhead. He’s pretty mixed up about how he feels. He doesn’t really believe in a compromise in any beliefs he has but there’s a girl he meets and it spins his world around a little bit. It’s a metal take on a love story.”
Although Alex managed to beat off competition from 8,000 other hopefuls to get the part on the popular E4 drama, he nearly opted out of the first audition in Camden in May because he was ill.

 “I had a virus that day and I nearly left the queue but my friends who had come with me to audition made me stay. I’ve watched the show and I’m a big fan so I saw it as a good opportunity. I was really surprised to get through all 10 auditions. I’m incredibly lucky to get the part.
“Quite a few of my friends knew I was auditioning but I don’t think any of them expected me to get this far. When I told them I’d been picked they were shocked but pleased for me.”
Alex has been involved with Ashford Youth Theatre, as well as the National Youth Theatre, and has been in several plays but this is his first role on television. After two months of being on set
in Bristol he said his first experience of filming for the small screen has been hard work.
“If we’re working from 7am until 8pm it can be quite tiring,”
However, the job has its perks and the teenager has already met former glamour model turned actress Kelly Brook, who is reportedly playing a fitness instructor in the show.
 “I’ve met Kelly but unfortunately I’m not filming with her. She’s a guest star in one episode. I just met her in the hotel, she’s a very beautiful lady. She was really friendly and smiley. She’s a very lovely person.” 

Although previous actors on the series like Nick Hoult and Dev Patel have gone on to become household names, Alex thinks it will be harder for the show’s fans to recognise him in real life.
“I actually wear a wig in the series so it’s going to be hard to spot me. I don’t know how it’s going to be received. I really hope the show does well, after all we make it for the fans.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Be a Weekender extra

Skins star Jack O'Connell and Inbetweeners star Henry Lloyd-Hughes (about to be seen as one of the Miliband brothers) join forces to star in Weekender, which is currently filming.

The film is set in 1990 - the rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organisers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20’s and long to be more than just punters. As the government moves to outlaw the scene, it’s now or never and they quickly rise through the ranks to join the promoting elite. They are taken on a wild journey from the exclusive VIP rooms of London clubs to the outrageous parties in Ibiza super-villas and the hedonism of Amsterdam. It’s everything they dreamed of and more. But as their success continues to grow, they attract a more dark and sinister world. Matt and Dylan start to drift apart as they are forced to question the dreams they set out to achieve and their once solid friendship.

BE A WEEKENDER EXTRA

WEEKENDER is set around a number of different warehouse parties and need several hundred ravers at each party to fill the dance floor scenes.

We will film the dance floor scenes over three days on Thursday 16th,
Saturday 18th & Saturday 25th September @ Secret Shoreditch Locations.


There will be one session on the 16th. One session on the18th and two
sessions on the 25th. Each session will take approximately four to five
hours to film.

You need to look between 18 and 30 and enjoy dancing!

We will be filming from Monday 30th August - Saturday  25th September and will need people to appear in more featured extra roles in other scenes.

NB: Spaces are limited and all those signing up will be treated on a first
come first serve basis.


To sign up visit Weekendermovie

Nichola Burley joins Wuthering Heights

Deadline London is reporting that Nichola Burley, the Streetdance 3D actress is to play the third lead in Andrea Arnold’s upcoming adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She will join Kaya Scodelario from UK teen TV series Skins who was cast back in March in the lead role of Catherine Earnshaw. Burley will presumably take the role of Isabella or Catherine Linton. Nichola also starred in the low-budget Brit shocker Donkey Punch, and Liverpudlian thriller Kicks.

Still no word on who’s to play brooding hunk Heathcliff though. Wuthering Heights is now due to start shooting on location in Yorkshire this autumn.

Young Writers Workshops

Beyond Pedestrian Theatre is a new company that aims to create a unique brand of sensory, immersion theatre that breaks the rules, captures, and asks questions. We are seeking innovative young writers to help create our debut production. If you would like to write, and are based in or around London, email beyondpedestrian@nicola-uk.org now to book a place for our free October writing workshops.
Beyond Pedestrian is a newly funded initiative, hoping to create immersion theatre for the Skins generation.

Single Father

Imagine having David Tennant as your dad?!

Four lucky young Scottish actors join David Tennant and Suranne Jones starring in BBC One's new series Single Father, a touching yet humorous drama written by Mick Ford about finding love after heartbreak.
Filmed in Glasgow, the series tells the story of Dave (David Tennant), a photographer facing the seemingly impossible job of bringing up four kids alone after the sudden death of his wife, Rita.

The four kids are:

Lucy played by Natasha Watson. 15 year old Natasha (represented by West End Management), from Falkirk, started working as an actress at a young age, after joining the Glasgow Acting Academy, and landing the part of Freya in River City when she was 9 years old. She also became the youngest person to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta for her role in a short film Iota, when she was aged 8.
She plays Rita's eldest daughter, 15 year old Lucy who Dave has brought up as his own. A complicated, interesting teenager – the death of her mother leaves her with a whole host of unanswered questions about her identity and she becomes determined to find her real father knowing that it hurts Dave.

Paul played by newcomer 12 year old Chris Hegarty from Dumbarton.
Paul is the protector of his mother's values – a role that seems to enable him to deal with Rita's death. The 11-year-old also has an instinct to look after Dave – and quietly starts finding comfort in religion.

Ewan played by newcomer 11 year old Robert Dickson from Glasgow (represented by Liz Bisset Management)
Very angry at the loss of his mum, nine-year-old Ewan wants more attention from his dad – and will do anything to get it. Not thinking of the consequences…

Evie played by Millie Innes who attends Glasgow Academy Musical Theatre Arts training school and has appeared in panto and on CBeebies TV. 
Millie is a 10-year-old who looks like a five-year-old but possesses the wiles, vocabulary and confidence of a deal-clinching businesswoman. She is a model, goes to drama classes and manages to squeeze in the odd shift at school into her hectic schedule.
She said: "I was in ASDA shopping when I got a phonecall about the audition from my sort of agent. I got five more call-backs after that."

Five-year-old Evie seems to bounce back more easily than the others. She has a strong sense of herself and her place in the family – and can take everyone by surprise. But is she socially sophisticated or a complete innocent?

Filming in Glasgow wrapped in May and the four-part series is due to be broadcast by the BBC later this autumn.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Bright Side Casting Call

AUDITIONS FOR NEW BBC 3 COMEDY PILOT

LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING:

LEIGH ANN (Female)
LEAD ROLE.
Playing age 16
The series is all about this role so looking for lead Actresses only.
Leigh Ann is quirky and not the coolest girl in school.
She can be from anywhere at this stage.

CLARE (Female)
Leigh Ann's best friend.
Playing age 16.
Would love to open this role to any nationality.
Clare is written as a goth but I am open to suggestions.

NOUSHEEN (Female)
Leigh Ann's best mate.
Playing age 16.
Nousheen is Asian and is written as nerdy but again I would like to open this out to any suggestions

Please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED asap with a current headshot and cv.

Those successful will be asked to come to an audition.

Daisy and Violet

Variety reports that 16 year old Saoirse Ronan's next film will be Precious screenplay writer Geoffrey Fletcher's directorial debut "Daisy and Violet" (aka "Violet & Daisy"). So as Saoirse wraps filming as teenage assassin "Hanna" she moves straight on to another teenage hitgirl role.

"Daisy and Violet" centers on a pair of teenage assassins who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the man they're supposed to kill is not what they expected.
Rumours have suggested that Carey Mulligan will play her partner in crime but this now appears unlikely.
Maybe the change around in the title is to reflect Saoirse's star billing as "Daisy".

The film is set to start shooting in New York on the 27th September and will also star the Sopranos' James Gandolfini.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Holding

Two young stars of the future have just wrapped filming on The Holding, a new thriller based on an isolated farm in the Peak District.

The film focuses on single mum Cassie (Kierston Wareing) who lives on an isolated Peak District farm with her two daughters, Hannah and Amy. Her ruthless neighbour is determined to take her land, before a mysterious stranger turns up knowing a dark secret from her past. What follows is heart-stopping suspense as Cassie fights for her family's survival.

Hannah is played by one of Screenterrier's top picks for the future, Skye Lourie. Skye filmed Pillars of the Earth last year, which is currently screening in the US, and has had a busy year filming both The Holding and another British horror/thriller Guinea Pigs. Skye graduated from Hurtwood House last year and is now represented by Curtis Brown.
Playing her younger sister Amy is 10 year old Maisie Lloyd (represented by Mark Jermin) from Eastbourne. Maisie is the sister of Oscar Lloyd who was recently nominated for Young Soap Star of the Year for his role as Will Wylde in Emmerdale. Both attend the Theatre Workshop Stage School in Eastbourne.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Watch the Hereafter trailer

Watch the trailer for Clint Eastwood's new film, Hereafter starring Matt Damon and partly filmed in South London, starring 12 year old British twins Frankie and George Mclaren.
The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sadie J

First look at Georgia Lock, cast in the lead role of 13 year old Sadie Jones in CBBC's new Hannah-Montana-esque comedy drama Sadie J , which held open auditions back in March, and is currently filming. Georgia is from Buckinghamshire and is a pupil at the Waddeson School.

Look out for Jessie Cave, of Summerhill and Harry Potter fame,  who plays a guest role called..... "Hermione"!

Young Xavier

With Charlie Rowe now in Ireland and Italy for three months shooting the lead role of Peter in SyFy's Neverland, the role of Young Xavier in X-Men:First Class has fallen to Laurence Belcher. 14 year old Laurence from Surrey will play the younger version of Charles Xavier, whose adult version is played by James McAvoy.

Acting from a young age, Laurence (represented by Curtis Brown) received rave reviews for his stage role playing 12 year old Holly in The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and is also a talented singer with roles in various musicals including Whistle Down the Wind, Scrooge The Musical and Oliver. He has also been cast in the Dr Who Christmas Special.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Agency looking for young performers

Devine Artist Management represent clients in all the traditional areas of the entertainment industry including Television, Film, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Radio and Commercials as well as emerging media platforms.

We are currently accepting applications from young performers aged 16 and above for consideration for representation. We are particularly keen to hear from actors based in the North West of England and in London.

Applications will be considered by email.

Please send a brief covering note, CV, headshot and showreel (if available) to talent@devinemanagement.co.uk

As we are an extremely busy office, we cannot accept phone calls or hard copy applications sent by post.

Devine Artist Management
Mayfair House
14 Heddon Street
London
W1B 4D
www.devinemanagement.t83.net

Monday, September 6, 2010

School of Comedy Series 2

The very excellent School of Comedy, starring the fantastic Will Poulter amongst the pint-sized comedians, will be back on E4 for a brand new series starting Monday 13th September at 10.30pm.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Imogen Poots in a Bouquet of Barbed Wire

21 year old rising star Imogen Poots stars as Prue, alongside Trevor Eve in ITV's modern reworking of Andrea Newman’s taboo-busting 1970s psychological TV drama A Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

Newcomer Pierro Niel-Mee (represented by Piers Nimmo at Roger Carey Associates) plays Prue's younger brother David.

Bouquet of Barbed Wire explores the consequences of a father’s obsessive love for his daughter and how secrets once buried in the past return to haunt their lives.


Talking about her character in the upcoming ITV drama, Imogen says: “I play Prue Sorenson and at the beginning she is living quite an innocent existence, although there is the presence of her brooding and over-protective father, Peter Manson, in the background. When she becomes intimately involved with her school teacher a lot of things start to fall to pieces around her. It appears as if the flaws of everyone else transfer to her. She’s savvy, she’s intelligent and bold but at the same time she’s a young girl caught up in this ridiculously tragic situation and therefore bound to be vulnerable at times.

I think her Mother, Cassie, is actually pretty amazing in the way she deals with the situation, especially the moment Prue brings Gavin home and Cassie accepts the fact he’s older and her teacher. She also accepts how they met and then her pregnancy; she takes it in a very steady way, a very British way to be precise!”

Imogen explains the reasons why she was keen to take on the challenge of this iconic role.

It’s very difficult to shock an audience these days; we’ve become such a liberal society with art, literature and sexuality. The chance to play a part like Prue was very, very exciting because she’s so multi-faceted. Her character has an extra dimension and there’s a lot going on.

I’m 21 now but when I left home I was in a similar situation to Prue in the sense I was taking my first steps into the big wide world out alone. It meant cutting off some of the family ties I had in places. For me, that whole aspect of her character was so exciting. She’s not just a school girl who is ruined or broken; there are a lot of contributing factors. She’s making her own decisions and she’s breaking away from home and I think that’s always a very exciting time for anyone.”

The 1975 original definitely played a large part in our rehearsal process. It was so prominent and notorious at the time, but one thing we didn’t want to do was try and top that or try to replicate the controversy. Ashley, the director was very open to everybody trying something new and working together in order to breathe new life into the characters.

Tom Riley and I quickly passed the stage of being polite and cautious with each other, which allowed us to really enjoy bouncing off one another and challenge each other. He was such a great support and a dream to work with in that sense. We had fun with it.”

Imogen admits she and Tom, who plays Gavin Sorenson, have become firm friends as a result of filming Bouquet of Barbed Wire…

It’s very rare when you are filming with other actors to stay in touch as friends on a regular basis. Tom Riley is a friend and an incredible person. He was really a pleasure to be around at all times.

Despite the dark nature of some scenes, Imogen and Tom had a lot of fun filming on set.

We were quite thankful to have each other on set, especially because the subject did get so dark sometimes. We helped each other to disconnect from it.

It was snowing at one point during filming, and one of Tom’s favourite things to do was knock on my door and throw a snowball at me when I opened it. I have to admit it grew slightly boring after a while but he continued to do it, everyday, until the snow melted!”

Imogen is currently filming a remake of Fright Night alongside an all star cast including Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant and Anton Yelchin.

Imogen explains: “We’re not far from Sante Fe in New Mexico, filming in a place called Albuquerque. If you can spell that you get 10 points! The director is Craig Gillespie, who previously did Lars and the Real Girl. The cast are incredible and it’s really exciting. I’m playing an all America girl so it’s completely different to anything I’ve ever done before. I’ve always wanted to try and do as many things as possible so I feel really lucky to get a variety of parts. I’m having a lot of fun!”

Imogen will also be starring in the up-coming BBC film Jane Eyre as Blanche Ingram. Her previous credits include: Solitary Man, Cracks, Me and Orson Welles, Miss Austen Regrets and 28 Weeks Later. 


The 3 x 60 min drama begins September 6 at 9pm on ITV1.