Principal photography has started in and around Manchester on upcoming family Britflick Theatre of Dreams, starring Brian Cox as Sir Matt Busby, Natascha McElhone, and a host of local fledgling youngsters including 10-year-old lead Jack Smith.
nationwide search, kids primarily from the North of England with varying acting experience have been cast to play younger roles. Known as ‘the fastest lad on the pitch’ by both his school and local under 11’s teams, Jack Smith from Tameside will play the lead role of Georgie.
Others include Port Vale under 12’s striker Joshua Dunne; the highly skillful 10 year old Sam Wisniewski, contracted to Barnsley FC; Finlay Preston from Bury; Liverpool-based twins Harry and Jack Armes; Aine O’Duffy from South London and Raif Clarke from Stoke on Trent. Blackpool Rangers player, 7-year-old Spencer Phillips is the youngest actor taking part.
Theatre of Dreams is a charming, coming-of-age movie that tells the fictional story of Sir Matt Busby who helps 11-year-old tearaway Georgie fulfill his footballing dream, whilst putting his own demons of the Busby Babes to rest.
Shooting will take place across Manchester, Salford and Bolton during September and October 2011.
Award-winning actor Brian Cox (Braveheart, The Bourne Identity) stars as Sir Matt Busby, Anne Reid (The Mother) as his wife, Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show) as the boy’s mum and Philip Jackson (Brassed Off, Little Voice) as Matt’s best friend Bob. James Callis (Bridget Jones’ Diary), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun Of The Dead) round off the cast alongside a cameo performance by presenter and lifelong football fan Stuart Hall.
Theatre of Dreams is being directed by Manchester-born David Scheinmann, a multi-award winning photographer and commercials/music video director.
“’Theatre of Dreams’ is a funny and touching family feature – a ‘Billy Elliot’ meets ‘Bend it Like Beckham’. Set to capture the hearts and minds of audiences around the world, our cast is an exciting mix of established, renowned actors combined with fresh British talent.”
The producers are seeking extras based in or around Manchester for the production – send your photo and details through to firstname.lastname@example.org