Saturday, February 27, 2016

Murder

The Bafta award-winning drama Murder is set to return to BBC Two with three new films. Co-created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, and written by Robert Jones, the three 1 hour dramas have been made by Touchpaper TV for BBC Two.

Continuing with the same innovative and unique format, with three new standalone films, Murder uses personal confessions to revisit the missing moments leading up to a death, in search of the truth.

Intercut with CCTV footage, live action and forensic evidence, the protagonists speak direct to camera giving their version of events. But where does the truth lie when the different versions don’t add up?



Jessica Barden (represented by Curtis Brown) stars in in the third instalment Murder: The Big Bang, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Ten years ago, an off-duty policeman was killed in cold blood in a swimming-pool car park. That much is not in dispute. What has never been ascertained is precisely which one of the three armed robbers serving life for PC Prescott’s murder actually pulled the trigger.
Seven at the time, Jess witnessed the crime and has been tormented by this and numerous other gaps in the official account. She’s still angry now and it’s an emotion that has got her in trouble over the years.
Jess is on the final day of a sentence in a youth offender institution herself. She’s been talking with a therapist there in an attempt to resolve her issues. The therapist has promised to contact the convicted trio and ask them to consider providing Jess with the precious gift of truth. Jess is hoping against hope that she’ll find out before she leaves the institution in the morning.
The killers, brothers Whitmore and Clyde Harris, and their accomplice Curtis Kodro, each give their accounts of what happened on that fateful day. Contradictory, self-serving or warped by the passage of time, the accounts clash as often as they overlap.

Time hangs heavy on all three, as it has done for the past ten years, but slowly the sense that this night is a night of change gathers pace. Can all four find a new beginning by confronting head-on what actually took place all those years ago? Or will that terrible event demand one more life before its power can be dissipated?

Check out this interview where Jessica discusses taking on the role of Jess:

What attracted you to the role?

The idea of learning hilarious amounts of lines and sitting down in front of the camera and acting to the lens. I had never done anything like that before and I’ve not read a script for anything that’s filmed like it since. It seems like the ultimate daunting experience and it seemed that I could learn such an incredible amount from it. I thought it seemed very powerful to have a performance that depended on my face. It seemed so scary but exciting at the same time.

Had you seen the first film?

Yes, it’s just the most removed way of writing with just a face to the camera. It’s almost like doing a play where you can’t add anything to it. You can’t have a cinematographer doing something incredible and you’re not dependent on other actors and what they might do. I wasn’t going to turn up in the morning and rehearse something with another person to be prepared. It was totally reliant on how I decided to do things along with the directors, Iain and Jane, as well. It was brilliant, I absolutely loved it.

Who is Jess?

Jess is a teenager and she lost her Dad when she was a small child which she feels entirely responsible for. She’s now found herself in the Young Offenders’, torturing herself for the past ten years, thinking it’s all her fault. Her father was shot dead and there’s no justice for Jess or her family which totally turned her life around. She has all this anger inside of her and through the course of the show, with the help of a therapist in the Young Offenders’, she comes to realise that she’s allowing the people to kill her life as well.

How did you find the filming process?

Iain and Jane are brilliant. It was really daunting and I was scared before I started it. I finished filming The Outcast and I only had two weeks to learn it all. And then you go onto the set and you’re suddenly aware that all the crew are there and it’s just you remembering your lines. You feel a real responsibility. But Iain and Jane were so relaxed. We worked together to tell the story and it was brilliant. They allow each other to be wrong and to be corrected by the other person which quite a lot of other directors don’t allow. When you have directors and writers and producers working close together you can always have a clash, but they both have different ideas, and know that you have an idea as well, and are so open to trying things.


How do you think viewers will react to such a different format?

There’s nothing else like it on the television at the moment. It’s not a format that film has taken on either. People want to have entertainment and story-telling in the purest form and I think that audiences do want something different. In the past few years, television especially has gone into its own and audiences are expecting far more imaginative programmes. I hope people will find it a really interesting way of watching a story.


Jessica's episode of Murder will be shown on Thursday 17 March 9.00-10.00pm on BBC TWO.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

First look at Wolfblood Series Four


Here's a first look at award-winning CBBC show Wolfblood which returns for a fourth series on Tuesday 4th March, with a new urban backdrop. Jana, played by Leona Vaughan is back with new characters TJ, played by Louis Payne, Matei, played by Jack Brett Anderson and Emilia, played by Sydney Wade.

Former wild wolfblood Jana (Leona Vaughan) takes centre stage, having left the security and seclusion of rural Stoneybridge and moved into the city where she forms a new pack.

The wolfbloods who play a pivotal role in her adventures include corporate boss Imara (Michelle Gayle), her son TJ (Louis Payne), Matei (Jack Brett Anderson), his sister Emilia (Sydney Wade), and martial arts enthusiast Selina (Rukku Nahar). Familiar returning characters include Katrina (Gabrielle Green), who has opened a new Kafe in town, Kay (Shorelle Hepkin) and their old teacher Mr Jeffries (Mark Fleischmann).

In a world of CCTV, social networks, 4G camera phones and viral videos, the wolfblood ‘secret’ is becoming increasingly vulnerable. Faced with new dilemmas and foes, wolfbloods have to adapt to survive and Jana faces her biggest challenges yet.

Working for Segolia, Jana is trying to help out her fellow Wolfbloods, but working in such a controlled environment will test her wild inner-wolf to the limits. TJ is Jana’s streetwise, smart and handsome Segolia mentor… or so he thinks. It’s more likely that he’s been assigned to Jana so that she can be a good influence on him. He’s full of bravado and tries really hard to be ‘cool’… But could he be an ally or an enemy for Jana? 

Matei is fiercely protective of his little sister and has a particular distaste for humans. According to Matei, Wolfbloods and Humans cannot co-exist and it’s time Wolfbloods stopped hiding and took their true ‘leading’ place in the world. It could land him in serious trouble with Segolia… 

Little sister Emilia bears the scars of the tragic house fire that killed her and Matei’s parents. She may be vulnerable and timid, but Emilia is still a Wolfblood and when the opportunity arises, this little wolf bares her teeth far more ferociously than Matei!

 The series was created by writer Debbie Moon. It is produced for CBBC by CBBC Productions and is a co-production with ZDFE in Germany. It is executive produced by Lucy Martin and produced by Jonathan Wolfman. Jermain Julien directs episodes one to four.

Friday, February 19, 2016

iBoy casting news




Bill Milner and Maisie Williams are set to star together in iBoy, described as a super hero thriller for the digital generation.

20 year old Bill Milner (represented by Curtis Brown) will star as Tom, a role previously attached to his Son of Rambow co-star Will Poulter, with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (represented by Louise Johnston Management) playing Lucy, the girl he secretly loves.

The pair previously appeared together in the BBC ghost story The Secret of Crickley Hall.

They will star alongside Rory Kinnear and Miranda Richardson in the film which is based on the novel by Kevin Brooks.

A super hero thriller for the digital generation. Tom’s average teenage existence is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of shattered iPhone embedded in his brain. Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. With his new powers he sets out seek revenge on the gang, who also assaulted Lucy. Taking the law into his own electric hands he faces moral decisions as well as fearsome local gangsters.

Directed by Adam Randall, and produced by Emily Leo for Wigwam Films, with a script by Joe Barton, iBoy will shoot in London.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Missing

24 year old Abigail Hardingham, who recently won a BIFA for Best Newcomer for her break-out role in indie horror comedy Nina Forever, stars in the second series of the acclaimed BBC series The Missing, which has just started filming.

Abi got her first TV role aged 17 when she played Kat in the first series of the popular CBBC sci-fi drama The Sparticle Mystery.

Abigail (represented by Bloomfields Welch Management) plays Alice Webster, a young British woman who stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. She has been missing for 11 years. Alice’s return sends shockwaves through the small community. Told in dual timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day, we follow Alice’s family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams.

Her parents Sam and Gemma, are played by David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes with Tchéky Karyo reprising his role as detective Julien Baptiste, who races across Europe to pursue a 12-year-old case that he never let die.

The series, written by Harry and Jack Williams,  explores the murky morality and emotional complexity of what happens when the missing child you've been longing to return actually comes back.

The eight part series also stars Roger Allam, Laura Fraser, Anastasia Hille, Lia Williams, Jake Davies, Florian Bartholomäi and Daniel Ezra.

Produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures for BBC One and Starz, series two will be directed by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully, The Last Kingdom).

A Storm in the Stars

17 year old Elle Fanning stars as Mary Godwin in A Storm in the Stars which follows the tumultuous relationship between Mary, who wrote the iconic gothic-horror novel Frankenstein when she was just 19, and the young poet Percy Shelley.

Mary is a rebellious and outspoken teenager. When she meets the poet Percy Shelley, there’s a spark of attraction between the two outsiders who feel trapped within polite society. Percy is contrary and selfish, talking of sexual freedom and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age. For sheltered Mary, it’s love at first sight.


Douglas Booth (represented by Curtis Brown in the UK) stars as Shelley. Douglas can currently be seen in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and previously starred opposite another young American starlet, Hailee Steinfield in Romeo and Juliet.

BAFTA Rising Star nominee Bel Powley (represented by BWH) plays Claire Claremont, Mary’s stepsister who contributes to the problems in the relationship when she moves in with them.

Bel, from Shepherd's Bush, got her acting break at age 13 when she starred in the first two series of popular CBBC drama M.I. High, and she first featured on Screenterrier's pages back in 2009 when she starred alongside Robbie Coltrane in ITV's Murderland.
Her recent roles in Diary of a Teenage Girl and as Princess Margaret in Girl's Night Out have seen her shoot to stardom.

Here's the full synopsis for A Storm in the Stars:

Mary is a rebellious and outspoken teenager. When she meets the poet Percy Shelley, there’s a spark of attraction between the two outsiders who feel trapped within polite society. Percy is contrary and selfish, talking of sexual freedom and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age. For sheltered Mary, it’s love at first sight.

When Mary’s family discover that Percy is married with a child, they forbid any further contact. Mary and Percy elope, taking Mary’s half-sister Claire along for the ride. It’s a scandal, and with Percy’s philandering ways, rumours of a ménage à trois are whispered everywhere they go. Claire wilfully flirts her way into Lord Byron’s affections and Mary is relieved when they are asked to join the decadent poet at his house in Lake Geneva. It’s a chance to escape the gossip-mongering and restrictions of England.

During one stormy summer night, to distract Mary from Percy’s infidelities, Lord Byron suggests they all write a ghost story. All the pain and guilt that Mary feels about Percy, Claire and the child she lost, is poured into giving birth to Frankenstein’s Monster. The story is incredible, a classic that even Percy must acknowledge. But women don’t write books, and publishers certainly won’t print them. The rebel rises, and Mary fights for her creature and her identity, all at the age of eighteen.

A Storm in the Stars has just started production with a read-through in London. It is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, following on from her critically acclaimed debut, Wadjda, and written by Emma Jensen. Production is by Hanway Films, with casting by Amy Hubbard.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Saoirse Ronan to star in On Chesil Beach

21 year old Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for an Oscar for her breakthrough role as 13 year old Briony Tallis in the 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement, is set to star in the new film of his Booker-shortlisted novel On Chesil Beach.

She will play Florence, a young and talented violinist who dreams of a career on the concert stage. Casting of her lover, the earnest young history student Edward, is yet to be announced.

Saoirse (represented by Macfarlane Chard in the UK and Ireland) is also currently Oscar nominated for her role in 1950s-set romance Brooklyn at the Academy Awards which take place next week.

Set in England in 1962, On Chesil Beach follows Florence, one half of two young lovers, in the touching story of how their unexpressed misunderstandings and fears on their honeymoon, shape the rest of their lives. It is a tender story that shows how the entire course of a life can be changed – by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

The film is produced by Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the team behind Oscar-nominated Carol and Youth. Dominic Cooke will direct the project,

“It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project,” said Elizabeth Karlsen. “This will continue Number 9 Films’ tradition of high quality and prestigious adaptions that our production company is now renowned for.”

On Chesil Beach is expected to shoot this autumn.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Casting call for a new Sky1 Series



Casting Director Jill Trevellick is looking for a young actor for a new Sky1 TV Series - Jamestown from the makers of Downton Abbey.


See the full details below!


JAMESTOWN - a new 8 part TV series for Sky 1.
Production Company - Carnival Films (makers of Downton Abbey)
Director: John Alexander
Casting Director: Jill Trevellick

Jamestown tells the story of the early settlers of the colony of Jamestown, Virginia, USA. The year is 1619.

We are looking for an actor (white, male), between the ages of 17 and 20 ONLY, to play the part of Pepper Sharrow - the youngest of a family of farming brothers.
Yorkshire accent - genuine, or must have the ability to do the accent completely believably.

NB - filming mid April - early September, in Hungary.

You must be available throughout these dates, and prepared to commit to similar dates in the next two years if the series is recommissioned (so not suitable for someone planning to go to drama school or university soon).

Previous professional acting experience not required.

Please send a recent photo (head shot taken on a phone will do fine), date of birth, height and some information about yourself.
(Under 18’s - application must be submitted by parent or legal guardian)

Applications submitted electronically only to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED


APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 26TH.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ready Player One Casting Call

Lucy Bevan Casting are currently casting a feature film for Steven Spielberg and are looking for two roles: a 10-13 year old child to play a Chinese boy and an 18-24 year old boy to play a Japanese role in the film. The roles will film from the end of June in the UK. No previous acting experience is necessary! See the full breakdown below!

READY PLAYER ONE
Feature Film
Warner Bros.
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line,
Kristie Macosko, Dan Farah
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Zak Penn
UK Casting Director: Lucy Bevan
UK Casting Associate: Emily Brockmann
Start Date: Approx. Mid June 2016
Location: London
PLEASE SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY VIA
LUCYBEVANCASTING@GMAIL.COM

[SHOTO] male, 10-13 yrs old, to play Chinese. Hip and knowing for his age. He speaks
Mandarin and English fluently. Wade’s friend in the Oasis who joins with him to
complete the competition. Please note: Actor should be bilingual, Mandarin and English.
(Applications must be submitted by parent or legal guardian if applicant is under 18 years
of age.)

[DAITO] male, 20 yrs old, to play Japanese. One of Wade’s friends in the Oasis who
joins with him to complete the competition. Please note: Actor should be bilingual,
Japanese and English.


The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and prohibits all
forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon ages 40 or over, ancestry,
color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status,
medical condition, mental or physical disability, military and veteran status, national
origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by
law.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Meet the new young cast of ITV's Cold Feet


The cast of BAFTA winning comedy drama Cold FeetJames Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, and Fay Ripley – are reunited and returning to our screens after a 13-year break, and the new series has started filming in Manchester

The newest cast members are the children, who are now being portrayed as teenagers.

Actor and Radio 1 presenter Ceallach Spellman has joined the cast of the upcoming new series of Cold Feet. He will play Matthew - the son of Adam and Rachel in the revived ITV drama.

20 year old Ceallach (represented by United Agents) from Manchester said: "I am so excited and somewhat humbled to be given such a wonderful opportunity to be part of this fantastic story which was so popular and successful 14 years ago. I cannot wait to work with the director, Terry McDonough, all the cast and crew and I am particularly looking forward to working alongside my on-screen Dad James Nesbitt - even if he is a Man United fan. I hope I can help make this series every bit as special, entertaining and memorable as the first five series were all those years ago"

He played Harry Fisher in BBC One's Waterloo Road and also recently appeared in Channel 4's hit drama Cucumber. He started presenting CBBC's Friday Download in 2011 before moving to presenting his own Radio 1 show, The Number 1 Show last year.


18 year old Ella Hunt from Devon (represented by Piers Nimmo Management), who previously starred in the family sci-fi adventure film Robot Overlords, plays one of Karen (Hermione Norris) and David (Robert Bathurst)'s twins Ellie.



TV newcomer 18 year old Daisy Edgar-Jones (represented by Hamilton Hodell), plays the other twin Olivia. Daisy is the daughter of Sky Arts chief Philip Edgar-Jones.


The eight-part series is currently shooting in Manchester and will air on ITV later this year.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Aliens come to E4



Spotted any of those messages from The Alien League that have been interrupting normal programming across Channel 4 shows as well as on radio, YouTube and in the cinema?

It's an innovative new marketing campaign for E4's new six-part drama The Aliens, which airs in March.

The culture-clash comedy drama with the premise that aliens have been living amongst us for decades. stars Michael Socha (represented by The Artists Partnership) as Lewis, a mild-mannered border guard who mans the checkpoint between the alien ghetto and the human side of the wall. But when he discovers that he is the world’s first half-alien, he finds himself drawn into a world of divided loyalties and a search for his own identity.

Michaela Coel (writer and star of E4's Chewing Gum), stars as Lilyhot, an enigmatic and alluring alien who is deeply embroiled in one of Troy’s criminal gangs. When Lewis crosses her path, her fate and his become inextricably entwined.

The series also stars Jim Howick, Michael SmileyAshley Walters, Chanel Cresswell and Holli Dempsey.

Aliens have been among us since they crash-landed in the UK 40 years ago. Though they look and behave exactly like us, they are forced to live a segregated life, behind a huge wall in a ghetto called Troy. It’s a hedonistic and ramshackle town, unpoliced and filled with gangs who make a living smuggling alien hair out of Troy to be smoked as a drug by humans.

The new E4 series was created by Fintan Ryan, directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken and Lawrence Gough, and produced by Clerkenwell Films who bought us the hugely successful Misfits.
The series was cast by Rosalie Clayton.

Channel 4’s Roberto Troni, who commissioned the series alongside Head of Drama Piers Wenger, said: “Scabrously funny, shockingly violent and at times positively hallucinogenic, Aliens is a wry and riotous adventure into a world that is at once entirely familiar and absolutely strange. It’s a culture clash, a gangster epic, but fundamentally it is an all too human search for acceptance and identity.”




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Casting call for new British dance feature film


OFFBEAT is an exciting and quirky new British dance feature film about a couple of teenage outcasts who come up with a crazy scheme to gain street cred at their school. It’s a mix between BILLY ELLIOT and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE.

It is being produced by Wigwam Films and the director is the amazing Arno Salters. The film is being supported by Creative England and it will shoot this summer 2016.


Manuel Puro Casting are looking for the following two lead roles:


DANNY - to play 15 years old but must be 16 years or over by July 1st 2016.


Any size, shape or ethnicity!


Danny is a teenager with a strange predicament. Whenever he hears music, he completely loses control of his body and starts moving manically to the beat as if he was possessed. This has turned him into a bit of a social outcast, awkward and endearingly vulnerable. OFFBEAT tells the story of how Danny goes from being a victim of his predicament to controlling it.


The right candidate does not need to have any formal dance training or be great at dancing - we need someone with an unorthodox approach to moving with music. And of course he must be a great actor too!


Instructions for how to audition for this role can be downloaded by clicking here.


CASSIUS - to play 15 years old but must be 16 years or over by July 1st 2016.


Any size, shape or ethnicity!


Cassius is a teenager with awesome dance moves. No one at school recognises his talent but that doesn't stop him from oozing with confidence and thinking of himself as the next Justin Timberlake. He agrees to teach Danny to dance as long as he'll agree to be his backing dancer.


The right candidate needs to be a brilliant actor and dancer - either trained or self-taught - in any dance discipline (hip hop, breakdance, pop, contemporary etc).


Instructions for how to audition for this role can be downloaded by clicking here.


Please email your self-taped audition to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED as soon as possible or if you have any questions please use the same email address.

For more details visit Offbeat Casting Call UK

The closing date is Monday February 15th 2016.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dumping Ground star joins Eastenders



Amy-Leigh Hickman, one of the stars of CBBC's award-winning series The Dumping Ground, is set to appear in Eastenders.

She makes her debut next week as Linzi Bragg, a newcomer who seems set for romance with Jay Brown, played by Jamie Borthwick.

18 year old Amy-Leigh (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from London, first appeared as Carmen in Tracy Beaker Returns in 2009 and then as a regular cast member in all three series of The Dumping Ground, the Tracy Beaker spin-off.