Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Attack the Block star hits the US

Attack the Block star, 18 year old British actor John Boyega, one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011, has landed the lead role in Spike Lee's new boxing drama for HBO, Da Brick, loosely based on aspects of former boxer Mike Tyson’s youth.

He will play Donnie, who after his release from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday, begins an exploration of what it means to be a man for himself and those around him.

Da Brick is described as a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America.

Julito McCullum (The Wire) will play Kevin, Donnie's best friend and the one person he can't leave behind, no matter how much he may want to.

Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin are attached as executive producers.

Spike Lee with direct the pilot for the drama which will be set in Newark, N.J., which is often dubbed "Brick City."




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Demons Never Die

Check out the Demons Never Die trailer (formerly known as Suicide Kids) starring Robert Sheehan, Tulisa, Ashley Walters, Reggie Yates, Jennie Jacques, Jack Doolan, Jason Maza, Femi Oyeniran, Andrew Ellis and Emma Rigby.

The film is out on 28th October 2011.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Meet Ben Mitchell's new boyfriend

20 year old  Steven France (represented by Rossmore Management) from Surrey, makes his debut next month in Eastenders, playing Ben Mitchell's new love interest Duncan Willis, a boxer.

Ben, played by Joshua Pascoe, strikes up a relationship with Duncan after they go for sparring sessions at a local gym. Ben kisses him and reports have suggested they will embark on a romance, as Ben faces up to being gay and fears the reaction of his dad hardman Phil Mitchell.

The Inbetweeners become Chickens

The Inbetweeners' Joe Thomas and Simon Bird go back in time for a new comedy - where they chicken out of World War One.

They have teamed up with Thomas's long-term writing partner Jonny Sweet for a new show, Chickens, about three young men who avoid joining the army during the First World War. 

Chickens is a Channel 4 comedy, made by Big Talk Productions, which is about three youngsters who avoid combat in the First World War: George (played by Thomas) is a conscientious objector, Cecil (Bird) would love to be fighting for queen and country but his flat feet mean the army won't have him - and then there's Bert (Sweet), a "philandering scaredy-cat" on the run.

The comedy is based around how the three can win over the women of the village.

The young ladies of Rittle-On-Sea are played by a talented roster of actresses: comedienne Sarah Daykin, Emerald Fennell (Any Human Heart), Olivia Hallinan (Lark Rise To Candleford), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Lisa in CBBC's Leonardo) and one of Screenterrier's rising stars Jessica Barden.

The pilot airs on Friday 2 September as part of C4's Comedy Showcase and hopefully will be successful enough to bring a new series.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet the new Hollyoaks 6th Formers

From left to right: Tilly, George, Sinead, Bart, Neil, Maddie, Callum and Jono.
Abersoch gang Maddie (Scarlett Bowman), Jono (Dylan Llewellyn) and Tilly (Lucy Dixon) are all back on the scene as regular characters, attending the college and they are now joined by new characters George (Steven Roberts), Neil (Tosin Cole) and Callum (Laurie Duncan).


George, played by newcomer Steven Roberts, is billed as a "sharp-tongued fashionista". Steven recently graduated from Arts Ed drama school.



Neil is Jono's best friend - who wrongly believes that he's a big hit with the ladies. Neil is played by Tosin Cole, who appeared as Soloman in Eastenders:E20.


Another newcomer Laurie Duncan, from the Young Actors Theatre in Islington, plays Callum, the quiet one who does manage to impress the girls at the sixth form, but he's hiding a dark secret…

Hollyoaks' sixth formers become regulars from Monday, September 5 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

Young Actors Wanted

Children's agency, Moose Management (est 2009) looking for young actors between the ages of 5 and 12yrs. No experience necessary but must be able to get to London easily for castings. Please see www.moosemanagement.co.uk for details of how to apply,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dakota to star as Effie?

17 year old Dakota Fanning has apparently been cast in the title role of Emma Thompson's period biopic Effie, replacing previously attached Saoirse Ronan, according to Deadline.

The film, set in 1850s London, tells the story of the doomed marriage between beautiful teenager Euphemia 'Effie' Gray and art critic John Ruskin and will be directed by An Englishman in New York's Richard Laxton.

Effie has been in the pipeline for five years, with Carey Mulligan also previously linked to the role, but production was delayed as Gregory Murphy took the producers to court claiming copyright infringement of his play The Countess.

Effie suffered a loveless marriage which was never consummated as for some reason Ruskin - to be played by Emma's husband Greg Wise - found her body disgusting. She eventually fell for his protege, painter John Everett Millais, to be played by 25 year old British actor Tom Sturridge.

Emma will also star in the film as Lady Eastlake, the woman who takes Effie under her wing, and Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi have been cast as Effie's difficult in-laws. Edward Fox is in talks to play Eastlake's husband, a patron of the Royal Academy and not a fan of Ruskin.

Filming on Effie is due to start in October in Scotland, London and Venice and producers hope it will premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

Dakota is already in the UK, having just finished shooting Now is Good the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die", as Tessa, a teenager with just a few months to live who has a wish list of things she wants to experience before she dies, alongside young British actors Jeremy Irvine and Kaya Scodelario.

Saoirse Ronan is now due to start filming on Byzantium in mid-October, also in the UK, alongside Gemma Arterton.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Private Peaceful


Shooting is due to start at the end of August on Private Peaceful, a feature film based on the 2003 novel by the award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. The story follows the journey of two brothers from childhood growing up in a rural English village, all the way to fighting in France during WW1 – a tragic, surprising and moving tale.

19 year old George MacKay (represented by Gordon and French) will star as Tommo. George started acting when he was 10 and landed the role of Curly, one of the Lost Boys in the 2003 feature Peter Pan. He has worked steadily since, and more recently he appeared in Defiance and The Boys Are Back.

Skins alumni Jack O'Connell (represented by Conway Van Gelder) will play his brother Charlie. Jack, from Derby, has worked consistently since leaving Skins starring in Dive and most recently Sky 1's The Runaway and as a young Bobby Charlton in United.


Fast rising young 24 year old Welsh actress Alexandra Roach (represented by Troika), recently seen in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and soon to be seen as the young Maggie in The Iron Lady and in Trap for Cinderella, plays Molly, the love of both the brother's lives.



Playing the main characters as children will be:

13 year old  Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter) will play the young Charlie.

Samuel Bottomley (represented  by Curtis Brown) will play young Tommo. Samuel got his break after being cast in Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur.

Izzy Meikle-Small (represented by United Agents) who seems to be cornering the market in "younger versions" after featuring as the young Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, and next to be seen as Young Estella in the BBC's Christmas adaptation of Great Expectations, plays the young Molly.







Private Peaceful details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie – two young brothers – and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the outbreak of war destroys their country idyll. Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives.

The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends. But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice.


Private peaceful is being filmed near Ipswich from the end of August – October 2011. The film company is Fluidity Films and it is being produced by Guy De Beaujeu and Simon Reade (also the screenwriter), and will be directed by Pat O’Connor.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Feature film casting call

Casting Directors Suzanne Smith and Daniel Edwards are looking for a little girl or boy to be in Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise starring Milla Jovovich.

Shooting dates: 10th October to 24th December 2011 in Toronto, Canada
Director: Paul WS Anderson

Looking for a girl or boy aged 6 to a very, very small 8.
MUST HAVE BLUE EYES and able to do an American accent.
Character called BECKY/BEN.

Cute. Smart. Caucasian with BLUE eyes. aged 6 to very small 8. COULD BE A BOY OR GIRL.American accent and has a lot of words. SHE/HE leads an average suburban life up until the day we meet her/him. She/he negotiates with her/his mom over breakfast choices making her/his late for school. Then the monsters come to town and her/his world turns upside down. Becky/Ben and her parents are terrorized by the undead who trap them inside their house. Becky/Ben must scream and run and hide with only he/his mother to fend off the monsters. Many good scenes throughout the film so will be in Toronto for most of the shoot,so parents must be willing to be in Toronto.

Submit details to admin@suzannesmithcasting.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Outnumbered returns for fourth series

Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions, which captures the turbulent chaos of family life, is back on BBC One with a new six-part series starting on Friday 2 September and followed by a Christmas special.


In the new series, the family is confronted by an array of issues ranging from death, drugs, terrorism and getting old, to food science, Top Gear, the joy of ventriloquism and the perils of Subbuteo.

The casting director avoided stage-school talent, instead undertaking a lengthy audition process which involved lots of game playing, determined to find children who would enjoy the filming process. So the three juvenile leads came out at the top of the fairly exhausting casting process. Andy: "They're all really interesting to watch and they've all got very interesting, funny personalities. Confident, but also excellent actors."

Tyger Drew-Honey returns as Jake Brockman
Tyger was born Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey, he is now 15 years old, having taken on the role of Jake when he was 11.
His busy and successful career was kick-started after he was spotted by a top London agent when he was performing in his school play. Tyger injected a huge number of laughs into their version of Treasure Island by playing his Squire Trelawney à la Leslie Phillips! The agent was so impressed by Tyger's comedic performance, timing and self-confidence that she signed him up on the spot. Just weeks later Tyger was recording his first voice-over for a television awareness campaign for Philips.
Tyger was seen as a regular character (Tactless Dad's somewhat bewildered son) in The Armstrong & Miller Show for BBC One.
He was nominated for Best Male Newcomer at the 2009 British Comedy Awards.
He has undertaken more than 100 voiceovers for TV, radio and advertisements, including the voice of Lester Large, an elephant in the CBeebies' animated TV series The Large Family. Tyger is now the gaming and gadget presenter on CBBC's weekly show Friday Download. He filmed the first couple of episodes while working on the fourth series of Outnumbered. It started screening on Friday 6 May at 5.30pm on CBBC and is repeated on BBC Two on Sunday mornings.
Tyger is an accomplished drummer and started playing when he was seven years old. He is also a karate green belt.
Tyger says: "The bits that I enjoy most about filming Outnumbered are the people and the food. On set we are all just like a big family. But OH MY GOD, the food! We have an amazing cook called Pam and every single day we're served delicious meals. My personal favourite is her heavenly banoffee pie."

Daniel Roche plays Ben Brockman
Daniel is 11 years old. He has grown up with Outnumbered, having joined the show at the age of seven. It took him five auditions to land the role of Ben.
He is quite a character and can get up to mischief on set because he is so inquisitive: he freely admits that everyone is always telling him not to touch things.
When Daniel was just four years old, a neighbour asked his mother Judy if he would accompany her daughter to the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School on a Saturday morning. Three weeks later he had an agent and two weeks after that he was cast in his first TV commercial.
At five he played a boy with special needs who threw himself off a roof trying to emulate a superhero in an episode of Casualty.
Daniel was also nominated for Best Male Newcomer at the 2009 British Comedy Awards.
He had to have all his famous long curls cut off when he landed the lead role of William Brown in the BBC's Just William which was set in the Fifties, and was forced to leave the house in a large woollen hat to prevent a waiting paparazzo taking a photo of his new haircut before the BBC were ready to issue a photo of him in character. Dan was particularly pleased to get the part as he used to listen to the Martin Jarvis audio-tapes. He loved the Fifties spud gun he was given at the end of filming and the outlaws' den, which was filled with skulls and Red Indian paraphernalia. But he found the costumes "slightly itchy".
He also played a young Stephen Fry in Sky 1's Little Crackers with Fry playing his own headmaster.
One of the most popular internet searches and forum discussions regarding Daniel is whether or not he is related to Alan Davies. He is actually the son of the Sun's rugby correspondent Tony Roche and of Judy who is a former newspaper picture editor.
Daniel plays rugby for the Saracens Under 11 team.
Over the years Daniel has considered being a forensic palaeontologist, a novelist or a journalist. He would like to go to Cambridge to read either history or English literature after which he might become an archaeologist.
But Daniel still has a dream role: "I'd like to play a mad man, a crazed villain, like the Joker in Batman, someone wild. I bet that would be fun. And I think I'd be pretty good at it." But he definitely has no plans to go to Hollywood and become a film star: "It would be far too hot for me!"

Ramona Marquez plays Karen Brockman
Ramona was just 5 years old when she first appeared in Outnumbered.
The first series of Outnumbered marked Ramona's first acting role. She was spotted by Guy's wife at a birthday party, as he explains: "She had an interesting personality and was sure of herself without being precocious." Ramona quickly endeared herself with her natural and warm performances as Karen. And she learnt a good deal from her on-screen siblings, adding that she now looks upon Tyger as a big brother – to add to her two real-life brothers and sister.
Her father Martin is an actor and starred in Hotel Babylon as the barman Gino Primirola. Her uncle John is also an actor.
Ramona is part Spanish on her father's side, which is where she gets her brown eyes and Spanish name from.
In 2009 Ramona won the British Comedy Award for Best Female Comedy Newcomer, making her the youngest winner of a British Comedy Award in its 20-year history. On receiving her award Ramona made one of the shortest ever acceptance speeches: "I just want to say thank you and I am very happy to have the award."
More recently Ramona played Princess Margaret in the Oscar Award winning film The King's Speech, alongside Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.
This marked the second time Ramona has played the on-screen daughter of Helena Bonham Carter, previously appearing in BBC Four's Enid as Imogen Pollock, daughter of Enid Blyton played by Bonham Carter.




 Written by the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, Outnumbered also stars Hugh Dennis (Mock The Week, Hugh And Oz Raise The Bar, The Now Show), Claire Skinner (Trinity, Sense And Sensibility, Life Begins), Samantha Bond (Die Another Day, Downton Abbey), and David Ryall (Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows, The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse).

The new six-part series starts on Friday 2nd September on BBC1.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

E4 pilot auditions

Are you 16 – 22? Done your GCSEs? Interested in acting, MCing, rapping, street poetry and singing? Big Talk Production's E4 pilot audition could be your chance to shine…

Big Talk Productions (the production company behind Attack the Block) are looking for young, streetwise people from any background to audition for parts in a pilot for an E4 series at the beginning of September in Central London. They would like to meet actors, MCs, street poets and singers between the ages of 16-22 yrs old who live in London/South East England. Previous acting experience not required. You MUST be 16 or over and have completed your GCSEs.

If you are interested then please “LIKE” the Big Talk Productions Pilot Auditions Facebook Page, email your headshot and date of birth and where you are from to audition@bigtalkproductions.com and WATCH THIS PAGE for further announcements on how to audition.

The deadline for applications is 24/8/2011.

First Look At Chloë Moretz and Asa Butterfield in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

You’ve already seen the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s 3-D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and now Paramount has released the first official photos from the film, now called just 'Hugo'.

The film stars young British actor Asa Butterfield in the title role, alongside American teen star Chloe Moretz.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Field of Blood

20 year old Scottish actress Jayd Johnson, one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch 2010, stars alongside David Morrissey, Peter Capaldi, Jonas Armstrong in The Field Of Blood, a dark and uncompromising drama adapted from the best-selling novel by Denise Mina, coming to BBC1 this September.

Written and directed by David Kane, the crime drama is set in 1982 and centres on Jayd's character Paddy Meehan, a young copygirl working in a Glasgow newspaper office. Stuck in an almost exclusively male-dominated world of limited opportunities and cynicism, Paddy dreams of becoming an investigative journalist, believing that in miscarriages of justice, reporters are sometimes the only hope. Paddy seizes an opportunity to kick-start her career and becomes embroiled in a dark murder case. For Paddy, it's the opportunity of a lifetime but it comes at a great personal cost.

Since leaving Scottish soap River City where she had played Nicki Cullen (from 2004 - 2009), Jayd has been living in New York and studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jayd's career began with the Live & Loud Stage School in Glasgow.

Jayd said about the audition process:

"I was actually studying at drama school in New York when I first heard about it. When I talked to my teachers they didn't want me to take any time away from my studies. I knew I couldn't do it so I asked the casting director not to put me up for it and not to send me anything about it.
But there was something nagging away inside me. I kept thinking: 'I could be doing that now'. Luckily they came back and said they really wanted to see me. I think that was a bit of a sign, this part just wouldn't leave me alone. I found out later that the director, David Kane, had said they should send me the script because he knew once I had read it I would want to audition. He was right. Paddy is a great character and the way she is written is so unusual."

And on working with her fellow actors:

"I'm such a young actress and still learning and developing my craft but this was such a great opportunity to learn from really well-established actors like Peter Capaldi and David Morrissey. I was constantly in awe working with Peter, every take he did was amazing. He is such a generous actor. I learned so much about how detailed an actor he can be. "

First shown in May in Scotland only, the 2x60 minute drama will be shown on BBC1 w/c 27th August, day and time to be confirmed.






Friday, August 5, 2011

Check out the Powder trailer

Screenterrier reported back in 2009 on the filming of Powder, the adaptation of Kevin Sampson's rock and roll novel about a small time band that makes it big in the music industry and succumbs to all the evils it has to offer. Now the film, packed full of up-and-coming young actors gets an official release day of 26th August 2011. Check out the trailer below.

Made by the team behind Awaydays and filmed on location in Ibiza, London, Liverpool and live at the V Festival, Powder is an unflinching journey into the tortured psyche of a musical genius.

Directed by Mark Elliot, and written by Kevin Sampson, the film stars Liam Boyle (represented by CAM) as Keva, and Alfie Allen (recently seen in Game of Thrones) as Wheezer, the hapless manager of the band The Grams. Oliver Lee plays guitarist James Love and the film also features Screenterrier Face to Watch from 2009 Jo Woodcock (now also represented by CAM) in her second big screen role, and Vinette Robinson (Hope Springs).


Most young bands get started for fun; to get laid; to see the world beyond your own front door. For Keva McCluskey, it’s a compulsion. He writes and performs because he has to – he has no choice. Keva isn’t interested in success – yet his paradox is that he needs to play if he’s to exorcise the demons that haunt him. In following Keva’s plight to put his ghosts to rest and make sense of the songs buried deep in his troubled soul, we take a journey to his heart of darkness and share his fears, and dreams of light at the end of the road.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Misfits actress lands Shirley Bassey role

28 year old Ruth Negga has been cast to play Shirley Bassey in BBC Two's upcoming drama – Shirley Bassey: A Very British Diva. Irish-born Ruth (represented by Lou Coulson in the UK) played Nikki in Series 2 of Misfits, and her other TV credits include Criminal Justice and Five Daughters.

The Inbetweeners Henry Lloyd-Hughes (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Kenneth Hume, her soon-to-be personal manager and future husband.

Skins star Larissa Wilson (also Curtis Brown) plays Iris Bassey, and Scott & Bailey star Lesley Sharp plays Bassey's mother Eliza.

An open casting was held back in June to try and find a young Welsh actress to play the 10 year old Shirley.

Set against the backdrop of mixed-race Britain from the Thirties to the Sixties, the 60-minute film is an intimate look at the life of Dame Shirley Bassey – one of Britain's national treasures and one of the world's most enduring and successful divas.

Bassey's rise from poverty to international stardom is no ordinary rags to riches story. Born in Tiger Bay in Cardiff, Shirley was one of eight children from a poor family. Spotted by an astute manager as a teenager, she soon had a hit song under her belt and was firmly on the road to stardom. But beneath the wealth, diamonds and furs, her life would swing between triumph and tragedy.

Ruth Negga says: "I'm thrilled to be cast in the role of Shirley Bassey and it's an absolute honour to be playing her in such an intimate story of her life."

Executive producer Maxine Watson said: "Dame Shirley Bassey is iconic - she transcends age, race and class. Hers is a classic story of overcoming poverty through personal sacrifice and I'm thrilled that we have such a fantastic cast to bring this story to life."

The drama will be shown in the autumn as part of BBC Two's Mixed Race season.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dimensions

Check out the beautiful trailer below for Dimensions, the first feature film from husband and wife writer/director team Ant Neely and Sloane U’Ren who sold their house to finance the period/sci fi drama.



Taking the lead role of Stephen is The Inbetweeners actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes (represented by Curtis Brown), who can also be seen this year in Weekender.

The film also stars Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey, Olivia Llewellyn and Sean Hart.

The film also introduces three new child actors from Cambridgeshire: Sam Harrison as the young Stephen Hannah Carson as Victoria and George Thomas as the young Conrad. Ant Neely said of their casting process:

"As for the children - they are all relative new comers (ranging from no experience to a bit of theatre and a short film). We did see about 75 kids, but these three had something very special and very natural. Of course, child actors can be difficult to cast, so we felt really lucky to find Sam, Hannah and George. They had to match their 'grown up' counterparts as well, which added a level of complexity. Their relationship as kids is pivotal to the film - if the audience didn't buy it, we would be sunk. They were fantastic though, so we are very happy."


The film's official synopsis:

Stephen is a brilliant young boy who lives in Cambridge, England, in what appears to be the 1920s – but nothing in Stephen’s life is quite as it seems. His world is turned upside down upon meeting a charismatic and inspirational professor at a garden party who demonstrates to Stephen and his friends what life would be like if they themselves were merely one, or two, dimensional beings. He then proceeds to explain that by manipulating other dimensions, time travel may actually be possible.



As Stephen’s life unfolds, events lead him to dedicate himself to turning the Professor’s theories of time travel into reality. Jealousy, love, obsession, temptation and greed surround him, influencing his fragile mind and the direction of his work.




Kelly Management Auditions 13th August 2011

UPDATE:
DUE TO THE RIOTS KELLY MANAGEMENT HAVE RE SCHEDULED THE AUDITIONS FROM 13TH AUGUST

TO THE 21st AUG 2011


Feature film open audition


FEATURE FILM OPEN AUDITION

Academy Award winning production company seek Arabic/English speaking boy 10 -14 years old

No previous experience necessary.
Open audition 10:00 - 13:00, 6th August 2011

The American Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TD

Monday, August 1, 2011

Papadopoulos & Sons

19 year old Georgia Groome one of Screenterrier's top British rising stars under 20, is set to star alongside Stephen Dillane, in Greek family comedy Papadopoulos & Sons, the first feature film from up-and-coming director Marcus Markou, a LAMDA graduate and playwright who made the short film The Last Temptation Of Chris in 2009.

Georgia (represented by United Agents) plays the daughter of a widowed Greek businessman (Stephen Dillane) who, after losing everything in the financial crash, sets about trying to resurrect the forgotten family fish & chip shop with the help of his children and larger-than-life brother.



20 year old Frank Dillane, the real-life son of Stephen Dillane, plays one of Georgia's brothers, James Papadopoulos. Frank played the 16 year old Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows II. Frank is represented by Michelle Braidman Associates.

Georges Corraface and Ed Stoppard have also signed up to star in the film which starts shooting in London on August 8th  for four weeks. The supporting cast includes Cosima Shaw, Selina Cadell and ex EastEnders actor Todd Carty.

The son of a Greek Cypriot immigrant, Markou told Screen Daily that the script is partly based on personal experiences. “It’s the immigrant’s tale, updated from films we are used to like East Is East. It’s about what happens to the identity of an immigrant family who have then established themsleves and become very much part of the British fabric, and it’s about the main character returning to his cultural roots.”

Georgia has two films due out this year, The Holding and The Great Ghost Rescue. Papadopoulos & Sons is scheduled for release in 2012.

Just Henry

Screenterrier reported back in 2009 that Michelle Magorian’s critically acclaimed novel, Just Henry, was being adapted for ITV by Monarch Of The Glen creator Michael Chaplin.

The 90-minute drama started filming in Leeds today and tells the engaging story of one boy’s discovery which alters his family life forever.

17 year old rising star Josh Bolt (represented by Curtis Brown) from Liverpool, who appeared in Nowhere Boy, and is set to appear in the new series of Shameless, leads the cast as the troubled school-boy Henry.


19 year old Perry Millward (also Curtis Brown) who recently appeared in Christopher and His Kind, plays his fellow class-mate Paul Jefferies


and 17 year old Charlie May-Clark from Leeds (also Curtis Brown) who starred in the BBC's South Riding, plays Grace, a new student who can’t read but has an exquisite singing voice.

Set in post-Second World War Britain Henry is growing up in a fraught and unsettled household that includes his mother Maureen (Elaine Cassidy), stepfather, Uncle Bill, (Dean Andrews) and his paternal grandmother (Sheila Hancock).  

Henry is a troubled young man who suffers bad nightmares which everyone puts down to the aftermath of living through a war and the fact that he’s never really got over his father’s death or his mother’s remarriage.

In his last year of school and about to become an adult Henry’s grandmother has encouraged him to show a disinterest in his education because his father, Joseph Dodge (Stephen Campbell Moore), thought it was a waste of time.

When his father’s war medal for bravery gets posted through the door Henry wants to know more about the circumstances of his father’s death, something his mother has always preferred him not to know too much about.

At school, Henry keeps himself to himself but when he gets a new teacher, Mrs Beaumont (Barbara Flynn), who encourages his passion for film, he slowly starts to see the world differently. She wants him to show more compassion towards his classmate Paul Jeffries (Perry Millward), a very talented writer and the son of a deserter who’s ostracised for that very reason. Together with Grace Ellis (Charlie May-Clark), a new student who can’t read but has an exquisite singing voice, they are tasked with presenting a school project about cinema and are forced to spend time together. That is until Henry’s research leads him to believe that the man who killed his father was none other than Jeffries father!

Whilst visiting his father’s grave a man introduces himself to Henry as his dad – Dodge. Overwhelmed with happiness Henry doesn’t think to question the facts of his death.  But things just don’t add up. If Dodge isn’t in that grave who is?

Grace has come to care too much for Henry to let his dad manipulate him and is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. With the help of Mrs Beaumont she seeks the help of the police but will it be too late for all involved?

Just Henry will be filmed on location in Leeds throughout August and will be scheduled this Christmas on ITV1.