Friday, November 29, 2013

Open casting in Leeds for BBC drama

Andy Brierley Casting will be holding open auditions in Leeds on Wednesday 4th December for 2 roles in a forthcoming BBC drama.

We are looking for two boys of Indian/Pakistani ethnicity (one aged 9-11, one aged 15/16) based in Huddersfield/Leeds/Bradford and surrounding areas.

Boys must be available from 7th January for 7 weeks (overall shoot dates) and have a natural, working class Yorkshire accent

The roles are as follows:

Zamir (Male)

15 years old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani.
Zamir fancies himself a bit and is a pretty mischievous teenager; he's nosey and wants to be involved in any neighbourhood drama. This is an adult drama so there will be some minor swearing for Zamir.
YORKSHIRE accents are a must for this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Akil (Male)

9 years old but could be a young looking 10-12 year old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani.
Akil is a good kid but he's got a naughty streak and, like his older brother Zamir, wants to be involved in neighbourhood going-ons, a right nosey neighbour!
YORKSHIRE accents are must with this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


The open auditions will take place at The Queens Hotel in Leeds between 3pm and 7pm:

City Square
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 1PJ

Please note that we will only audition boys who are the right age and ethnicity and who have the right accent. Those who wish to audition must have a parent or guardian with them.

We retain the right to turn people away at the door if we do not feel they fit this criteria.
We will not be seeing anyone for any roles other than these two.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Shooting for Socrates

Young Irish Game Of Thrones actor Art Parkinson (represented by Actors First) is currently filming in Belfast on Shooting for Socrates, a film about the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Northern Ireland played Brazil.

He plays Tommy, the son of  football supporter Arthur (played by Richard Dormer)  from East Belfast. The lead up to Tommy’s 10th birthday mirrors the build up to the day the Northern Ireland team play their greatest match against Brazil.

The cast also includes 22 year Nico Mirallegro (represented by Curtis Brown), star of My Mad Fat Diary and The Village, who plays young footballer Davey Campbell, hailed as "the next George Best".

The film is named after Brazilian footballer Sócrates de Souza who played in the 1986 match against Northern Ireland.

November 1985, and the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity. Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there’s only one thing on young Tommy’s football-mad mind – the forthcoming World Cup, where tiny Northern Ireland will take on the mighty Brazil. For the South American giants it’s just another step on the path to inevitable global domination, yet for Northern Ireland, and young Tommy, it’s the biggest game of their lives. They are two countries that couldn’t seem further apart: Northern Ireland and Brazil. On the football field, eccentric Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham  must plug together a bunch of misfits and third divisioners. Brazil are led by none other than the philosopher-captain (Dr.) Sócrates, who has, in part, inspired the collapse of his country’s ruthless military junta, and they are the hot favourites to scoop up football’s ultimate prize. As bunting replaces bombs on the streets of Belfast, and Catholic and Protestants alike turn their attention to the big match, Tommy’s dockworker turned philosopher father Arthur uses his son’s passion for football to enlighten him on the events that make up his chaotic world. The story interweaves young Tommy’s coming of age tale with the trials and travails of the hapless Northern Irish team over the nine months leading up to their ultimate game, in the stifling heat of Mexico at the world’s greatest festival of football. 

The film is directed by James Erskine (‘The Human Face’) and produced by Victoria Gregory (‘Senna’, ‘Man on Wire’). It was written by Erskine and Maria Jones.

The New Black Films production has been filming in locations throughout Belfast for the past two weeks.

Shooting for Socrates is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and is set to be released in May 2014, to coincide with next years’ World Cup in Brazil.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Open online casting call for 13 - 16 year old

Fireworks is a charming indie comedy about a teenage girl, Kat, who runs away from home to find her uncle Gillies, who she has secretly discovered is her real dad. But Gillies, played by the fantastic Ewen Bremner, turns out to have bipolar disorder. Without fully understanding this, Kat hatches a plan for them to make a homemade firework, with Gillies' medication as the essential ingredient.

The Fireworks production team are now looking for a talented, bold, headstrong young woman to play the lead role of Kat.

Our bright new star doesn’t need any acting experience, but she does need to be bold, funny and brave. If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

The ideal candidate will be a young-looking sixteen year old with a London accent, but we are prepared to be blown away by any fresh new star who can play a 13-14 year old London girl.

If you fit the bill visit Fireworks Film Casting to apply.

The film is scheduled to shoot for four weeks in Edinburgh in March 2014.

The script was co-written by Hannah Robinson and Jonathan Hall, who first worked together on In The Mood, starring Kelly Brook as a tap dancing German spy. Their first draft of Fireworks won the Grand Prize in the American Screenwriters Association International Script Competition, Silver in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for Drama, and the financial support of the Wellcome Trust. It has drawn comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine and Silver Linings Playbook.

The film is produced by Wendy Griffin, line producer of Red Road, Donkeys, and You Instead, who recently co-produced the indie rom-com Not Another Happy Ending. For further information visit Indiegogo/Fireworks

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Casting call for new BBC drama

Andy Brierley Casting CDG are currently casting REMEMBER ME - a 3 part mystery with supernatural elements for BBC1.

We are looking for two boys of Indian/Pakistani ethnicity (one aged 9-11, one aged 15/16) based in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.

Boys must be available from 7th January for 7 weeks (overall shoot dates) and have a natural Yorkshire accent. Please do not apply if you do not fit the casting description below.

If you would like to be considered, please send a recent picture, age and your location in the UK to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED


Zamir (Male)

15 years old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani. Zamir fancies himself a bit and is a pretty mischievous teenager; he's nosey and wants to be involved in any neighbourhood drama. This is an adult drama so there will be some minor swearing for Zamir.
YORKSHIRE accents are a must for this - Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Akil (Male)

9 years old but could be a young looking 10-12 year old. Yorkshire accent. Indian or Pakistani. Akil is a good kid but he's got a naughty streak and, like his older brother Zamir, wants to be involved in neighbourhood going-ons, a right nosey neighbour!
YORKSHIRE accents are must with this. Indian/Pakistani Yorkshire accents are also fine.


Star Wars open casting in Dublin


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Star Wars open casting in London

The open casting call for the new Star Wars film scheduled for this weekend in London is now confirmed to take place at Twickenham Stadium on November 23-24.

The casting call is scheduled to take place from 11am – 3pm (Gates open at 6am). The descriptions of the characters that the casting team are specifically looking for can be found at www.opencastingcall2013.com.

No other roles are being cast at this stage so please make sure you fit the basic criteria (young men aged 19-23 and women aged 17-18) before making arrangements to attend the casting session.

Star Wars has a long tradition of casting new talent and it would be great if that unknown talent was found in London!

PS. Due to the expected extreme weather conditions, overnight camping will not be permitted. We feel confident that we will see everyone over the course of the two days that fit the description, so campers will be turned away.

November 23-24
Twickenham Stadium (Entry Via Gate D, From North Car park off Rugby Road)
Whitton Road
Twickenham
TW2 7BA


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Dumping Ground returns for second series


Two new faces join CBBC's The Dumping Ground, the sequel to the multi-award-winning CBBC dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, as it returns for a second series this January.

16 year old Kasey McKellar (represented by D&B Management) plays newcomer Bailey. Kasey recently appeared in Top Boy 2 playing R'Marni. And Stacy Liu joins the cast as new carer May Li.

The new series will consist of 13 new 30-minute episodes plus 10 exclusive three-minute webisodes which will run parallel to the stories broadcast on the channel.

The webisodes will feature an exclusive storyline which will run online for 10 weeks, culminating in a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in the last episode of the TV broadcast as both the online and TV stories merge for the series finale.

The new series follows more of the dilemmas, dramas, friendships and challenges faced by young people in care, and stars Connor Byrne (Mike), Jessie Williams (Lily), Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen), Christopher John-Slater (Frank), Daniel Pearson (Rick), Joe Maw (Johnny), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Tee), Philip Graham Scott (Harry), Miles Butler-Hughton (Tyler), Kia Pegg (Jody), Leanne Dunstan (Faith), Reece Buttery (Mo), Sarah Rayson (Floss) and Richard Wisker (Liam)

Lis Steele, executive producer of The Dumping Ground, says: “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the series of webisodes to viewers for the very first time and are looking forward to hearing the reaction of the audience to the additional storyline – it’s an exciting one! This series has a real mix of gripping drama alongside the more light-hearted moments that Dumping Ground fans enjoy and we’re hoping CBBC viewers enjoy it both on air and online.”

The series was filmed on location in the North East of England and will air on CBBC in the new year, date to be confirmed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fortitude Casting 10 - 12 year old Mixed Race Boy

Julie Harkin Casting CDG (Utopia, Misfits) are currently casting FORTITUDE a dramatic new crime thriller written by Simon Donald for Sky Atlantic and Starz produced by Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CARRIE MORGAN SUGGESTIONS - THAT ROLE IS NOW CLOSED

However! We are also looking for a 10 - 12 year old mixed race (dad is black, mum is white) BOY to play LIAM SUTTER.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send a recent picture, your DOB and your location in the UK to Rae at:

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

CLOSING DATE: 22nd NOVEMBER

LIAM SUTTER (Male)

Liam is very close to his mum and not so close to his dad. A curious, happy, well-adjusted little boy. Hasn’t made many friends yet in Fortitude but hasn’t had much trouble fitting in. He’s close to Carrie Morgan. He’s not academically outstanding but he’s no dope either. We need to find a boy who can play 10-12yrs.

Liam contracts an illness in episode 1 that causes his mother huge cause for concern. This is a very challenging role for a young boy.

Liam is black/mixed race.
NEUTRAL ENGLISH ACCENT.

LEAD REGULAR ROLE - APPEARS IN MULTIPLE EPISODES.

Playing age 9 - 13

Height: Any

Pay category: Same as production (Above Equity)

Agreements: ARTIST WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN OPTIONS.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First look at The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Shooting started last week on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next instalment of the most successful British horror film of all time.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox as Eve, in her first leading role in a feature film. RADA-trained Phoebe (represented by Curtis Brown) who was picked as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 for her theatre performances, recently starred as Grace in ITV2 witch drama Switch. She previously worked with director Tom Harper on War Book alongside Sophie Okonedo, and will also be seen in Aisling Walsh’s Dylan Thomas project A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander and BBC’s The Musketeers.

Phoebe is joined by Jeremy Irvine (represented by Hatton McEwan) playing Harry. Jeremy shot to fame when he was cast as Albert in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has since starred alongside Dakota Fanning in Now Is Good and as Pip in the film adaptation of Great Expectations. His recent film work includes A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duval, and The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Also joining the cast is 8 year old  Oaklee Pendergast (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) who played the youngest brother Simon in tsunami drama The Impossible.

The rest of the young cast includes:

Jude Wright (represented by Troika), who starred in the Sky1 Comedy drama Spy, as Tom.

Leilah de Meza (represented by Curtis Brown), who played young Vivien in the ITV drama Lightfields, as Ruby.

Amelia Pidgeon (represented by Louise Johnston Management), who appeared as young Natascha in the Natascha Kampusch kidnap feature film 3096 Days, as Joyce.  

With newcomers Alfie Simmons (represented by Abacus) as Alfie,

 Pip Pearce (represented by Abacus) as James
and Amelia Crouch (represented by Curtis Brown) as Flora.

The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death continues the original film’s story: four decades have passed since Arthur Kipps, as played by Daniel Radcliffe, travelled to Eel Marsh House – and now, a group of children are evacuated with their teachers from the perils of Blitz-era London. The group soon awakens Eel Marsh House’s darkest inhabitant.

The film is directed by Tom Harper and will shoot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is set to be released in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet the Carter family

With Mick and Linda Carter (played by Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright) on their way to take over The Queen Vic this Christmas, they will be joined by two of their three children, Nancy and Johnny.

Mummy’s boy Johnny is the baby of the family. The first Carter to go to uni, he’s a gentle boy who’s happy to let the rest of his family be the centre of attention. But Johnny has a secret that is going to place him right at the centre of a family storm.
19 year old Sam Strike (represented by Lee Morgan Management) from Essex will be playing Johnny. Sam has previously appeared in CBBC's M.I.High. Speaking of joining EastEnders, Sam said "I'm really excited to be joining EastEnders and the Carter family. They're all really strong characters and I can't wait to see what EastEnders has planned for us all. I've grown up watching Danny and Kellie, both of whom are lovely, so to be playing their son is kind of surreal."

Maddy Hill (represented by Roxane Vacca Management) will play 21 year old tomboy Nancy. The last at the bar and first into a fight, Nancy is stubborn and fiery; her dad loves it, but she's a disappointment to her mum. Underneath, she’s an extremely caring and loyal friend who will always champion the underdog - but that generally gets her into trouble. And she brings a whole lot of trouble with her when she’s dragged kicking and screaming into Albert Square.
Rose Bruford graduate Maddy has previously appeared in Whitechapel, as well as theatre productions The Meeting Place and As You Like It. On joining EastEnders, Maddy adds “I feel incredibly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start work with such a talented cohort of actors."

Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright and Sam Strike have already started filming their new roles. Along with Linda Henry, who plays Shirley, and Luisa Bradshaw-White, who arrives on screen next month playing Tina, the Carters are set to cause a stir in Walford later this year.