Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New Disney Channel teen musical series The Lodge



Filming is underway in Northern Ireland on new Disney teen musical drama The Lodge, a 10-part series which will air on the Disney Channel in 108 countries later this year.

Featuring an international cast drawn from emerging talent across Europe, each 22 minute episode will see them rock-climb, kayak, mountain bike, sing and dance, with all the action filmed against the backdrop of Ballynahinch, Co Down.

18 year old Sophie Simnett (represented by Waring & McKenna) leads the cast as Skye, who returns with her father to her childhood holiday lodge in Northern Ireland after the death of her mother.

She is joined by fellow Brits 20 year old Bethan Wright (represented by RKA Talent) from CBBC's web series Dixi, Jade Alleyne (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) who stars as Clem in CBBC's 4 O'Clock Club, Luke Newton (represented by RKA Talent) who previously starred in BBC Switch's The Cut plays Ben.


20 year old Thomas Doherty (represented by Olivia Bell Management) from Edinburgh, in his first major TV role, plays Sean, Skye's love-interest.

The young international cast also includes Danish actress Clara Rugaard, Dutch actress Sarah Nauta and French actor Thomas Hudson.

Steven Andrew, creative director at Zodiak Kids Studios, said: “It’s a demanding show, requiring our young and talented cast to climb, kayak and mountain bike, whilst occasionally singing and dancing.”

15 year old Skye is trying to make a fresh start in a new location following the death of her mother. However, Skye’s new life will not be without complications as she navigates the everyday pressures of life as a teen; from making friends and ‘frenemies’, to a love triangle and a mystery that will shake her world.

With nine original songs, music is integral to the telling of the story, the central theme of which focuses on courage and staying truthful to who you are.

The series was inspired by North Star, a long-running Disney Israeli drama, that was identified as having potential for a remake in a musical format. It follows the success of 2014’s Cheshire-shot fantasy drama Evermoor, Disney’s first original series to be filmed in the UK and for which a 20-part follow-up series is currently being screened.

Cast by KM Casting, directed by Matt Bloom,  The Lodge will complete filming before the summer, and will be shown first on the Disney Channel in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It is then expected to be screened on the channel elsewhere in Europe.

Urgent TV Pilot casting call for 16-18 year olds

Suzanne Smith Casting are urgently seeking two young mixed race actors based in the UK. Playing age 16-18 years. Ideally over 18 who are available to shoot from 25/4 in Spain for 3 weeks.

The project is a TV pilot: 'Still Star Crossed' produced by Shondaland (Shonda Rhimes) for ABC Television Studios.

The roles are that of Romeo and Juliet. Please put your friends, loved ones, colleagues, students in touch with admin@suzannesmithcasting.com


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Casting for new Sky Atlantic show

Check out the exciting casting brief below for a new Sky Atlantic show shooting overseas!

Brief:

We are casting for a new Sky Atlantic show which will shoot in Calgary in Canada mid June - end of Nov. However the role we are casting for would only be needed for approx 3 weeks around October/November time.

The character is a young boy aged 8. We will consider up to age 10 if they are small. MUST HAVE OR BE ABLE TO DO A WORKING CLASS LONDON ACCENT. Please think natural though - we are not looking for the Artful Dodger!

He is undernourished, scruffy, sweet and adorable and lives with his alcoholic mum in a dirty caravan on an illegal puppy farm. We need an exceptional young actor for this role. He needs to be incredibly natural and be able to portray a range of emotions including vulnerability, sadness, terror and courage.

If you think your child is suitable for the role please tape them doing this scene. We want natural performances so parents please do not overly direct your children. Please send a link to view the tape to:

castingsky2@gmail.com

Please DO NOT send the tape as an attachment.We would like you to please load the tape to Vimeo (and password protect the clip) so we can stream the link to view. As the scene is short the file will be small so hopefully there will be no issues with this. Please do not upload to Youtube.

Apologies in advance that we can’t respond to every submission. We will be in touch should we want to invite your child in for a casting in London.

Please do NOT email us asking if we are casting for other roles.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Young Brit to star alongside Idris Elba in adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower

Young British actor Tom Taylor is set to make his feature film debut in Sony's adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower alongside Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, after an international casting search.

He will star as Jake Chambers, the protégé of gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba). Matthew McConaughey plays the Man in Black.

Tom (represented by Independent Talent) from Surrey,  made his TV debut in 2015, playing Tom, the eleven year old son of Gemma and Simon Foster in the award-winning BBC drama Doctor Foster, and also starred as young Uhtred of Bebbanburg in the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. He also plays a young Sean Bean in Legends.

The Dark Tower  is the first film in what may well turn into a film or TV/film franchise and will centre on The Gunslinger Roland’s relationship with his protégé Jake Chambers.

The film will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel and will film for seven weeks in South Africa.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Going Forward



Comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand returns as Kim Wilde in a spin-off from her award winning BBC series Getting On. Going Forward is a brand-new three-part comedy for BBC Four that turns the spotlight on the Cinderella of the NHS, domiciliary care, along with the patched-up domestic lives we all lead.

Holby City and Grantchester star Imogen Byron (represented by Byron's Management) and newcomer Ben Colbert, who trained at the Miskin Theatre in Dartford (pictured above) play two of her three children, with Omid Djalili as her private-hire driver husband Dave. The cast also includes Drama Centre graduate Harry Haynes (represented by AHA) and Tom Davis.

Employed by a failing outsource provider as a Care Assistant in the community, Kim receives little more than the minimum wage for a package which consists of unpaid overtime, management bullying and horrendous shifts. Her daily slog is matched only by that of her husband, Dave, a self-employed private hire driver battling long days and grumpy customers, with only the rattlings of fellow driver Terry to fill the endless hours of waiting.

Add to the above an ailing mum, three kids, a dog called Carpet, an unfinished extension and a sister Jackie with a plan to sort out all their woes at a stroke. Going Forward is a universal tale and holds a mirror to modern Britain and the sacrifices made as lives are put on hold for the sake of others. The unique series treads its own fine line between tragedy and triumph to add its own bittersweet voice to this well-trodden ground.

Three episodes. Three days. Three chances to eavesdrop on a day in the life of the Wildes.

Going Forward is written by Jo Brand, directed by Michael Cumming and produced by Geoff Atkinson for independent production companyVera. It will air on BBC Four later this year.

TV Drama Casting Call for 10 - 12 Nigerian boy


Saturday, March 5, 2016

First look at Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children



The first images have been released of Tim Burton's  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
which stars Asa Butterfield as Jacob Portman and Ella Purnell as Emma Bloom heading up the young cast, alongside Eva Green in the title role.



Here’s the full lineup of the peculiar children, each endowed with unusual skills or powers. “I was a little worried about working with so many kids again,” Burton told Empire Magazine, “but they were all such professionals on set. You would never believe that it was some of these kids’ first big film.”

Pixie Davies plays little Bronwyn Buntley. Georgia Pemberton from London (represented by BWH) plays Fiona Frauenfeld. Finlay MacMillan (represented by BWH) plays "Dead Raiser" Enoch O'Connor. Milo Parker (represented by BWH) plays Hugh Apiston. Lauren McCrostie (represented by United Agents) plays Olive. Raffiella Chapman (represented by Curtis Brown) is Claire Densmore. Cameron King plays Millard, and Hayden Keeler-Stone is Horace Somusson. Louis Davison (son of Doctor Who actor Peter Davison) plays Victor.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Based upon the best-selling novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs, the screenplay has been written by Jane Goldman. The film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, with appearances by Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children has its UK release set for October 7th 2016, a week after its US release on September 30th.


Friday, March 4, 2016

First look at the cast of new Nickelodeon live-action series Ride



A new live-action teen drama series Ride, is coming to Nickelodeon, directed by House of Anubis director Tim Hopewell.

The series follows the adventures of Katherine 'Kit' Bridges, who relocates to England when her father joins the faculty at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school.

Ride stars Canadian actors Kendra Leigh Timmins as Kit, and Jonny Gray (star of Nickelodeon's Max & Shred) alongside a host of young British talent.

Oliver Dench (represented by Eamonn Bedford) plays Will, Rameet Rauli (represented by Simon & How), Manuel Pacific (represented by Rossmore Management), and Alana Boden (represented by Olivia Bell Management) as Elaine.

Ride is produced by Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment and Buccaneer Media in the U.K.  and was cast by KM Casting.

 The 20-episode series has been shooting in Toronto since January and continues on location in Northern Ireland.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Murdered By My Father



Kiran Sonia Sawar stars as Salma, a 17 year old girl who is the victim of a so-called "honour" killing at the hands of her father in a new BBC Three factual-based drama Murdered By My Father, due to air online later this month.

Murdered By My Father follows the renowned success of BBC Three’s bold dramas based on real-life testimonies, including the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-award-winning Murdered By My Boyfriend and also Don’t Take My Baby.

Inspired by real events, Murdered By My Father is directed by multi-award-winning director Bruce Goodison and written by new screenwriter Vinay Patel, and tells the shocking story of how family love and duty can be turned to violence and murder.

Kiran Sonia Sawar (represented by Polly's Agency) is a graduate of Oxford School of Drama and has previously appeared in American crime series Legends and the BBC’s Holby City.

Salma’s love interest, Imi, is played by Mawaan Rizwan (represented by PBJ Management) who is known for his YouTube comedy channel Malum TV, his role in CBBC’s comedy show DNN and most recently for fronting BBC Three’s documentary How Gay Is Pakistan?

Other young members of the cast include Salman Akhtar as Haroon and Ambreen Razia as Rafia.

Adeel Akhtar, who plays Salma's father Shahzad, is known for his performances in films Four Lions and The Dictator, and more recently in BBC dramas River, Capital and The Night Manager, as well as his BAFTA-nominated performance in Channel 4’s Utopia.

Executive producer, Aysha Rafaele, says: “We felt so excited to be working with our young cast and writer, the wonderful Vinay Patel, and to be part of BBC Three’s great story of breaking new creative talent.”

Focusing on the bonds of love and grief uniting a daughter with her widower father, as well as his need to control her burgeoning teenage wish for freedom, the young screenwriter Vinay Patel examines the psychology of this shocking but surprisingly prevalent crime. ‘Honour’ killings continue to occur across various cultures and communities in the UK today – with 12,000 'honour-based' crimes reported in the UK since 2010 and 29 murders committed in the past five years.

The 75-minute drama will be available online from late-March 2016 (date to be confirmed).


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Young newcomer leads cast of new ITV drama HIM

Filming is underway on a new ITV supernatural drama HIM, which focuses on life’s major themes: the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power.

Newcomer Fionn Whitehead stars as a 17-year-old boy, known only in the drama as HIM. Fionn (represented by Curtis Brown) is a member of the National Youth Theatre and this is his first screen role.
HIM is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, mum Hannah, played by Katherine Kelly and dad Edward  played by James Murray, each now remarried with new families.


Simona Brown stars as his 17 year old step-sister Faith,
Simona (represented by Identity) can currently be seen in BBC's The Night Manager and her previous credits include Gaia in The Casual Vacancy. She is set to shoot a lead regular in a US Drama Series Guilt.

When Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.

HIM is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their newfound domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”. But his behavior is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother, played by Susan Jameson understands, and she urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.

Written by the multi award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne, HIM is executive produced by Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures. and directed by Andy De Emmony

HIM is currently filming in suburban London, and other locations including Blackpool's Grand Theatre.