Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Channel 4 Drama Casting Call



BORN TO KILL - 4 PART DRAMA FOR WORLD PRODUCTIONS & CHANNEL 4

A psychological thriller about a teenage serial killer called SAM who lives in a suburban town, battling with his violent urges at the same time as falling in love with the new girl at school CHRISSY who may just scupper his twisted plans... or is it too late?

Director: Bruce Goodison
Exec Producer: Jake Lushington
Location: Cardiff
Overall Shoot: 7th November 2016 - 3rd Feb 2017 - (must be available for this period)

LOOKING FOR 3 YOUNG ACTORS - PLAYING AGE 15 / 16 - MUST BE OVER LICENSING AGE (SO 16 BEFORE 1ST SEPT 2016 AND MUST NOT BE OLDER THAN 21)

THIS IS A ONE OFF DRAMA SO DOES NOT REQUIRE OPTIONS FOR FURTHER SERIES.

Please do not submit yourself if you have been previously seen for this project, but happy to receive another submission if you were not seen before.

Please send a CV and just one recent photograph to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with contact details.

Please ensure you also put a parent or guardians contact details if you are under 18. We are dealing with a very dark subject matter, so please ensure you discuss with parents before submitting yourself and get them to email us if they have any questions.

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS 20TH SEPTEMBER 2016 - WE WILL SADLY NOT BE ABLE TO CONSIDER ANYONE AFTER THIS DATE.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE WE ARE GETTING ALOT OF SUBMISSIONS, WE WILL AIM TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE BUT PLEASE DO NOT CHASE IF YOU HAVENT HEARD, IT JUST MIGHT TAKE SOME TIME TO GET BACK TO YOU.

ROLES

SAM

LEAD ROLE - on the school diving squad (Jack Laugher/ Chris Mears type) charming and athletic. His utter fearlessness makes him hypnotic to everybody around him. Equally comfortable and confident in the company of fellow teens as with adults, choosing to spend many an evening in the company of ailing OAPs in the hospital his mother works at. He is witty, sharp and has intelligence beyond his years but also mixed with an immaturity and vulnerability that frustrates him at times. 

The arrival of CHRISSY brings an added excitement to his complex life, and a much desired need for as much love and adoration he can muster.

We are looking for an intelligent and confident young actor with great versatility who can capture the complex layers that make up this dangerous young mind.

ACCENT : IDEALLY NEUTRAL BUT KEEPING OPEN AT THIS STAGE


VERY IMPORTANT - MUST BE A STRONG SWIMMER - MANY SCENES WILL BE SHOT IN THE WATER


CHRISSY

LEADING ROLE - she is a whip-smart, mysterious and enigmatic 15 year old who has learnt to navigate the complexities of teenage life using sarcasm, dark wit and occasional aggression. Complex, strong and willful , there is also an insular and defensive side to Chrissy, in particular with her fractious relationship with her father. Arriving with her dad in a new town to stay in her grandmother’s house. Chrissy has to start a new school and go through all the humiliations that brings, but this is where she will meet the enigmatic SAM and a romantic relationship evolves.

ACCENT: ANY


OSCAR

MUST BE OVER LICENSING AGE - 

14/ 15 year old Oscar struggles to make any form of impact in the school hierarchy, an intelligent and warm boy from a comfortable loving family, school chess champion, Xbox supremo, studious.
 His world lights up when SAM takes a liking to him, Sam pulls out all the stops to build Oscar’s confidence, teaching him to swim and dive, making Oscar’s hero worship sky rocket. This blossoming friendship will come at a terrible price when Sam’s murderous fantasies begin to focus on the adoring Oscar.

ACCENT: IDEALLY NEUTRAL MIDDLE CLASS
 - OSCAR MUST FEEL A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER THAN SAM AND CHRISSY



HE HAS NO ATHLETICISM AGE AND NEEDS TO FEEL A LITTLE FRAGILE NEXT TO SAM. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PLOT, SAM CAN OVERPOWER OSCAR EASILY, AS CAN MOST OF THE KIDS AT THE SCHOOL.

IMPORTANT - MUST BE VERY CONFIDENT SWIMMER - MANY SCENES WILL BE SHOT IN THE WATER










Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Noughts and Crosses

The BBC announced today at Edinburgh International Television Festival an adaptation of  Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel Noughts and Crosses.
The enthralling story of first love in a dangerous, adrenalin-fuelled fictional dystopia is to be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a new BBC One series, produced by Mammoth Screen.
Divided by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice, Sephy and Callum are fighting for more than simply the right to be together, in a contemporary dystopian State where strict race laws make daily existence a matter of life and death.

Sephy is a ‘Cross’, a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum is a ‘Nought’, a white member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood but that’s as far as it can go for Noughts and Crosses must never fall in love. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and powerful rebellion mounting on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy and Callum which will lead them both into terrible danger.

The adaptation is based on the first book in the Noughts And Crosses series for young adults, which has won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among other accolades. The author, Malorie Blackman OBE, was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

Malorie Blackman said of the announcement: "I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosses will be dramatised by the BBC - it couldn't have found a better home. Callum and Sephy seem to have meant a lot to readers over the years and I’m excited at the prospect of watching them on my TV!”

Charlotte Moore, the Director of BBC Content added: "Noughts and Crosses is the definitive book for a young adult audience and the perfect fit for BBC One. Superb, high octane compulsive storytelling set within an alternative history that explores really relevant themes about race, privilege and how we treat each other."

Levi David Addai, who is adapting the book with Matthew Graham, commented: "I'm honoured to be trusted with bringing Malorie Blackman's superb novel to a BBC One audience. It's a powerful story drawing on themes of hope, love and identity, set in a brilliantly conceived world that makes us think again about our own."


‎Preethi Mavahalli, Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen, said: "Noughts and Crosses is a thought-provoking, landmark work of contemporary British fiction. We’re immensely excited to be bringing this gripping story to life; Malorie’s book series has a huge fan base, and the themes of the book are more relevant than ever.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Casting for ITV drama series 'Fearless'

Alex Johnson Casting are looking for a boy between the ages of 12- 15 years to play Jason in Fearless, a new 6 part TV series for ITV., starring Helen McCrory.

Must have a Suffolk/ Norfolk accent.

Production details:
Production dates:  Mid September onwards to end of Dec.
Production location: London/UK, United Kingdom

Director: Pete Travis


Casting Brief:

Jason (12- 15 years)
He is working class and has grown up in Suffolk so we need someone with an accent from that region (Suffolk, Norfolk). He is a tough but vulnerable 13 year old who has a difficult relationship with his Father. His childhood has been hard. We do need a boy, not a full blown young man, and a great young actor.

To Apply:

Please send the following to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED asap (deadline Thurs 25th Aug):
Full name:
Contact details
Where based
Age & DOB
Height.
Photo
Acting CV
Plus please send a clip (around 2 minutes) introducing yourself and detailing previous acting experience.


PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU HAVE A SUFFOLK/ NORFOLK ACCENT.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Bookshop casting news

Filming has started in Belfast on The Bookshop, an adaptation of the Penelope Fitzgerald novel by writer/director Isabel Coixet, about a woman, Florence Green, played by Emily Mortimer,  who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition in a small town in 1959 England, to open a bookshop. A decision which becomes a political minefield.

Honor Kneafsey stars as Christine, Florence's 10 year old bookshop assistant. Honor (represented by A&J Management), starred in the BBC drama Our Zoo, and went on the join the cast of Benidorm.


A casting call was posted on Screenterrier to find the other young star of the film, a red-headed boy. 10 year old newcomer Harvey Bennett (represented by Purple Giraffe Casting) landed the part, in his first screen role.


The film stars Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, with Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy. Charlotte Vega plays Kattie with James Lance as Milo North.

The Bookshop is a coproduction between Spain and the United Kingdom and is produced by Diagonal TV and Zephyr Films. It shoots for 5 weeks initially in Belfast and then on to Barcelona.

Casting call for three 14 - 18 year olds


HOW TO APPLY

Please email a headshot and CV to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with the subject ‘FRANKIE’


Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Channel 4 teenage drama Ellen

Jessica Barden stars in Ellen, a new feature length single drama from Channel 4, developed as part of Channel 4’s commitment to new talent, and marking the debut of breakthrough UK female talent: writer Sarah Quintrell and director Mahalia Belo.

23 year old Jessica (represented by Curtis Brown), one of Screenterrier's original teenage rising stars, was most recently seen in BBC Two's one-hour drama Murder, as well as award-winning feature The Lobster.

The new 90-minute film is a powerful, prescient story of a tough teenager, 14 year old Ellen, trying to take control of her chaotic life, but forced to grow up too quickly. 

Newcomer Yasmin Monet Prince stars as Kayla, who is befriended by Ellen and becomes a form of escape. The pair form a deep friendship with the kind of unshakable intensity forged by teenage girls. But just as she’s discovered a sense of fun and freedom with Kayla.

Skins and Game of Thrones star, Joe Dempsie (represented by Troika) plays Jason, who challenges Ellen's loyalties to Kayla. He's older and cooler than Kayla, he really seems to like Ellen and no one’s ever ‘liked’ her before. Should she stay true to her amazing new mate or step into the unknown with Jason?

Whilst Ellen’s dad is absent with his new family, her mum, played by Jaime Winstone is oblivious to her. She’s more concerned with playing host to a variety of shady characters who hang around the house at all hours than listening to her daughter. Leon (Charlie Creed-Miles), a seemingly omnipresent mate of her mum’s, has his eye on Ellen. But with no one looking out for her, where can she turn?

As well as giving a platform to a brand new writer and director, Ellen boasts an array of new talent behind the camera, with its director of photography, editor, production designer and casting director all female first-timers. The music was composed by Jonathan Hill, also marking his broadcast drama debut.

Sarah Quintrell, writer said "I wanted to write about what it's like to be young, poor and female. I wanted to look at the human being behind the statistics - what does a vulnerable girl really look like? The film explores this through a female friendship that is compassionate, funny and full of joy.”

Piers Wenger, head of Channel 4 drama said: “Ellen is a powerful, incredibly prescient and visceral film – a proper gut punch. On top of its poignancy as a piece of drama, it is fantastic that on a practical level it’s given so much breakthrough talent the chance to shine and make their mark on Channel 4’s drama slate.”

Philip Trethowan, executive producer said “Mahalia Belo’s beautiful realisation of Sarah Quintrell’s powerful script and some captivating performances have created a film that will stay in the mind for a long time. It’s a testimony to what can be achieved when new talent is given a chance.”
Ellen was developed and produced by Touchpaper TV, a Banijay UK company, for Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme which finds and develops new talent. Ben Bickerton is the producer and Philip Trethowan is the executive producer. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Filming begins on Hank Zipzer Christmas Special

Filming has begun in Dewsbury, Yorkshire this week on a feature length Christmas special of CBBC’s popular series Hank Zipzer.
The 90-minute film 'Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe' joins Hank (played by Nick James) in the run up to Christmas as he prepares for a new baby brother. But Hank’s life never runs smoothly and soon Miss Adolf (played by Felicity Montagu) is turning Mr Rock’s Rudolph the Rock’n’Roll Reindeer into a one-woman Christmas Carol – two school inspectors are getting injured in a bizarre sleighing accident and Mr Joy (played by Javone Prince) is trying to cancel Christmas altogether. In his attempt to drag triumph from the glittering jaws of doom, Hank will ice skate into disaster, nearly crash a Christmas tree into a crowd, get himself and his best friends arrested, get his favourite teacher sacked and lose the love of his life. This time, he really has let everyone down. Surely even Hank can’t get out this one. Luckily for us, there’s no way to tell Hank that.
Hank will once again be joined by Henry Winkler who will revive his role as Mr Rock, Hank’s favourite teacher.
Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe is produced by Kindle Entertainment in association with Walker Productions and DHX Media with support from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, and based on the book series written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

The writer is Joe Williams and the director is Matt Bloom

The comedy drama, which has already enjoyed three hugely successful series on CBBC and iPlayer, follows the life of Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer and is based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia,  Hank is a boy whose glass is half full, but he just spills it everywhere. His brain works differently to those around him, and he has a great imagination, but doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with his parents and teachers. But, despite the daily challenges he encounters, Hank always manages to stay positive – and focused on his next masterplan… tomorrow is another day!

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said: "Our fabulous standalone Xmas special will delight Hank’s growing army of fans and we're thrilled to have a full 90 minutes to enjoy his Christmas capers alongside partner in crime Henry Winkler who plays the irrepressible Mr Rock."


Anne Brogan, Kindle Entertainment said: “Hank’s Christmas Catastrophe will give the audience everything they love about the TV series - big laughs and big emotional moments - with the additional sparkle of a Christmas romance for Hank and the birth of a baby brother.”

The new feature length film will be shown on CBBC in December.