Tuesday, December 31, 2013

First look at Hank Zipzer

Newcomer Nick James stars alongside Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler in the brand-new comedy drama series, Hank Zipzer which comes to CBBC this January.

Nick (represented by D&B Management), who had to dye his hair for the role, said: "Playing Hank has been absolutely amazing. I’ve been able to do a multitude of things I’ve never done before and this has been my biggest part to date, so it has been exciting and scary all at once. I have got to meet so many interesting and lovely people in the three months I’ve been away acting."
He added, "It has been very hard work. I’m in nearly all the scenes and then I’ve had to try and keep up with all my school work as well – my mum is really strict about this which is super annoying. It’s not been easy but it’s been a lot of fun.
I have loved filming in Halifax and meeting all the cast and crew has been awesome, especially Henry Winkler who filmed in Halifax with us for two weeks. It’s been really different for me living away from home from Monday to Friday – a bit like boarding school I guess! "

 The 13x30-minute series - which is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever – is based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia. Fast paced and funny, the series follows the everyday life of 12-year-old Hank Zipzer, a young man with a unique perspective on the world.

Hank is a boy whose glass is always half full… he just sometimes spills it everywhere. When problems arise he deals with them in a way no-one else would, which often sets him on a collision course with teachers, parents and his homework. Despite not always seeing eye to eye with everyone else, Hank has a big heart and always remains positive and hopeful that next time his plan will pay off. But, there’s usually a trail of chaos to clear up first…
From landing himself (and his classroom) in hot water – literally! – to ending up being pelted with tomatoes; trying out for the school play, to attempting to create the world’s scariest haunted house, there’s never a dull moment when Hank is around. With the help of his best friends, Frankie and Ashley, the young boy with the big heart goes on a multitude of mischievous adventures, but often ends up learning a valuable lesson or two along with way.

Henry Winkler plays music teacher Mr Rock (Henry’s real life teacher) . He said: “This series is certainly inspired by my childhood and the experiences I had because I learned differently to other people – but it’s a comedy first. The emotion is completely relatable but we exaggerate the humour. When I was young, teachers and other people used to tell me I’d never achieve anything because I’m in the bottom three percent academically in America. I never thought I’d be able to write books, let alone to have them made into a TV show. Outside of having my children, the Hank Zipzer series makes me incredibly proud.”

Hank Zipzer comes to CBBC on the 28th January at 5pm.

Check out the rest of the young cast here.

Peaky Blinders open casting call


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Casting call for short film

Casting call for short psychological drama 'BENEATH WATER'

A year since the death of 12 year old Felix, his sister Daisy struggles to move on with her life. Her mother refuses to talk about him. On the day of the anniversary strange delusions develop.

Character:  'Daisy'
Must look 16 years old. Female. Slim. Caucasian. Spiritual character struggling with her brothers loss. Looking for a talented screen actress with a fluent american accent.

Shooting for 5 days. 29th January - 2nd February, 2014.

Location : Somerset (Tamarack Lodge).

Director has had work shown at BFI. Roles are paid.

Auditions will be on the 3rd and 5th January in Waterloo (SE1) by invitation only.

Spotlight links/showreels and cv's can be sent to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.

If suitable you will be sent sides and invited to come in and audition next week.

IMPORTANT : Actress must have good professional credits and MUST be able to do a believable Ohio accent.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Faces to Watch in 2014 - Ade Oyefeso

20 year old Ade Oyefeso from London stars as Yemi in E4's comedy drama series Youngers which returns for a second series next year, and will also be seen in the new series of BBC legal drama Silk.

2014 will see him make his feature film debut alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in The Gunman, an international thriller about a hitman on the run from his one-time employers, a relentless manhunt which takes them to the streets of London, slums of Barcelona and on to the African rainforest.

Jessie Craig
Ade (represented by Troika) was also chosen as one of seventeen newcomers from the film, TV and gaming worlds by a panel of industry experts as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, an ward designed to "turbocharge" the careers of those chosen, who then receive mentoring and guidance sessions from industry experts.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Faces to watch in 2014 - Alexa Davies

Look out for young Welsh actress Alexa Davies in 2014.

18 year old Alexa (represented by BWH), made her film debut last year after a local casting in her native North Wales in 2010, landed her a role in Sara Sugarman's Vinyl.

She will next be seen in Raised By Wolves, a semi-autobiographical series written by Caitlin Moran, set on a Wolverhampton council estate. Alexa plays the younger sister Aretha, opposite Helen Monks as the young Caitlin-character Germaine. The first episode of Raised by Wolves will be shown on 23rd December at 10.50pm on Channel 4.

Alexa will also be seen next year starring alongside Asa Butterfield in feature film X Plus Y, directed by BAFTA winning documentary maker Morgan Matthews, the tale of a maths prodigy team who travel to Taiwan to represent GB at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

She also made her stage debut earlier this year in No Quarter at the Royal Court.

Alexa is one of Screenterrier's Top British Teenage Actresses on IMDb.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Critics Circle Young British Performer of the Year

Congratulations to the five young actors nominated for the Young British Performer of the Year by the London Critics' Circle for its 34th Film Awards.

The five nominees for Young British Performer of the Year are:

Conner Chapman for Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant. Connor (represented by On It Artists) was discovered as a 13 year old by Casting Director Amy Hubbard when she visited local schools in Buttenshaw looking for raw talent. He is in school still but this year has appeared in Channel 4 miniseries The Mill, and will be seen next in Mike Doxford’s Pleasure Island.

Shaun Thomas for The Selfish Giant. 16 year old Shaun (now represented by On It Artists) was also discovered by Amy Hubbard, after an open casting at local estate in Bradford.

Saoirse Ronan for her starring roles in Byzantium, The Host, and How I Live Now. Saoirse was also nominated for the award in 2012 but lost out to Submarine's Craig Roberts.

George Mackay for his busy year, with film releases including Sunshine on Leith, For Those in Peril, How I Live Now and Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson. George was recently announced as the UK Shooting Star 2014 at the Berlinale.

13 year old Eloise Laurence , daughter of actor Larry Lamb, for her film debut in Rufus Norris' Broken, cast by Maggie Lunn. Eloise has put acting on a back burner until she is 16 and finishes school.

Last year Tom Holland won for his role in The Impossible. Who would get your vote this year?

The 34th London Critics' Circle Film Awards willl be held on 2nd February 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New BBC Three Comedy Siblings

Fresh Meat's Charlotte Ritchie and comedy writer/performer Tom Stourton are to star in a new BBC Three comedy Siblings, a brand-new scripted comedy from Bwark Productions the company behind The Inbetweeners.

They play Hannah and Dan, the world’s worst brother and sister; a pair of obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved siblings who cause chaos and disaster wherever they go.

24 year old Charlotte (represented by CAM) started out singing in classical crossover group All Angels, and stars as Oregon in Channel 4's award-winning comedy drama Fresh Meat.

25 year old Tom (represented by PJB Management), the son of BBC Radio 4 presenter Ed Stourton, is one-half of comedy double act Totally Tom. He is a writer and performer on Live at the Electric.

Executive Producer, Simon Wilson, said: “We couldn’t have wished for two more brilliantly gifted comic performers than Charlotte and Tom to bring Keith Akushie’s hilarious creations to life.”

BBC commissioning executive, Chris Sussman, added: "The cast are brilliant. The scripts are very funny. The director is great. All we can do now is try not to mess it all up."

Joining Ritchie and Stourton as guest artists throughout the series are Stella Gonet, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Emer Kenny, Steve Brody, John Dagleish and James Lance.

Siblings is written by Keith Akushie, one of the writer's on Fresh Meat, and directed by Dan Zeff.

The six-part series is currently shooting in West London and is set to transmit in Spring 2014 on BBC Three.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Game of Thrones stars Natalia Tena and Iwan Rheon are to star in a futuristic paranormal thriller, Residue which is currently shooting on location across Leeds and at Green Screen Studios.

Residue is a paranormal thriller following the lives of eight characters caught up in the aftermath of a freak explosion at the heart of a sprawling, futuristic city.

It marks the feature debut of director Alex Garcia, best known for directing episodes of urban superhero series Misfits and conspiracy thriller Utopia, and is written and executive produced by John Harrison for Matador Pictures.

The ensemble cast includes Natalia Tena (represented by Curtis Brown), best known for her role as Tonks in four of the Harry Potter series and currently starring in HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, as Jennifer. She is joined by Iwan Rheon (also Curtis Brown) as Jonas, another Game of Thrones star, who came to prominence in the original cast of Channel 4 series Misfits. The young cast also includes Franz Drameh (Hamilton Hodell) from Attack the Block and 11 year old Emilia Jones (represented by ARG Talent), fresh from filming What We Did on Our Holiday, as Charlotte.

Other cast members include Jamie Draven, Danny Webb, Brian Ferguson, Eleanor Matsuura, and Adrian Schiller, all of whom were cast by Julie Harkin (The Fades, Utopia).

Renowned photojournalist Jennifer Preston is investigating the aftermath of a freak explosion of unknown origin at the center of her hedonistic city. Known simply as ‘the Catastrophe’, this shocking tragedy has left behind a festering wound on the city’s psyche: a several square mile Quarantine Zone (known as the QZ) of evacuated buildings and abandoned streets. Nobody in nobody out! With unexplained and increasingly bizarre acts of violence happening across the city, Jennifer begins to see strange ephemeral phantoms in her photographs. She soon becomes obsessed with the idea that a paranormal phenomenon has been unleashed. Jennifer’s investigations become a race against time to uncover the truth before her career, and eventually her own life, are in danger…

Matador Pictures’ Charlotte Walls said: “Alex Garcia and John Harrison have created a story-world that is utterly compelling and has attracted a really high calibre of exciting British talent on both sides of the camera.”

Friday, December 6, 2013

Evanna Lynch starring in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, hase been cast in indie crime thriller Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale, which has started shooting in New York this week.

22 year old Evanna (represented by Cole Kitchenn) from Dublin, played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. She will star alongside Pretty Little Liars actor Ian Harding, who plays a supposed typical family man but who works for an illegal underground porn network in 1968 New York City, while trying to keep his family in the dark.

Dynamite is directed by Tate Steinsiek, making his directorial feature debut, with a script by Jason Noto.

The production is scheduled for an 18-day shoot in New York.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Open drama auditions for Lime Pictures

Lime Pictures are holding open auditions on the 16th, 17th and 18th December in London, at The Identity Studios, (Second Floor, 160-170 Cannon Street Road, E1 2LH) in the Mandela Room, for a taster tape for a brand new drama series…

• Are you aged between 16 to 21 years old?
• Are you an actor, performer or storyteller?
• Do you have something to say that needs to be heard?
• Do you see issues in your daily life and want them to be represented or explored in television drama? Or do you just want to make us laugh?
• Do you watch television and are dismayed at how people of your age or your background are portrayed? Or maybe you don’t see anyone that looks or sounds like you… Do you want to change that?
• Do you wish that people your age on TV reflected the positive things about being young in the 21st century?
• Do you wish there was more diversity in television drama?
• Do you enjoy entertaining your friends and family and want to share your antics with a wider audience?
• Do you love uploading your own content online? YouTube, Vine, Keek or blogging?
• Are you passionate about telling stories and creating characters?
• Are you a little bit shy about performing but know with the right support that you could shine?
• Or are you a big personality and want a platform to be heard?
If ANY of the above applies to you then we want to meet you…!

The Audition
At the audition we would like you to:
Read a scene with one of our team (which you can pick up on the day or download beforehand)
We want you to perform a short original piece – something you feel passionately about, in any form you choose – be it spoken word, a song, a monologue or simply a story you want to tell. It’s entirely up to you but remember we’re looking to see what makes you tick, to gauge your personality and what it is you have to say about the world today, so make it count.
The auditions will be popular and you may have to wait a while for your turn, but we will do our best to notify people of what times are looking busy so that you can choose to arrive at a quieter session. It will help us if you indicate online when you are likely to arrive but you will not be held to this time.

Auditioning by video
If you can’t make the open casting dates, you can upload a a video audition to YouTube of Vimeo.
This video MUST be a recording of you reading the audition scene and a short original piece for us as above.
If you are performing the scene with a friend please indicate clearly who is auditioning! It's okay if both of you are in the scene but we must have separate solo pieces.
We have to insist upon this as we can only judge fairly if everyone follows the same criteria, thank you.
Upload your video as private and use the form below to send us the URL.
Videos must be received by 9am, Thursday 19th December.

Everyone is welcome
No experience is necessary. We’re looking for personalities and storytellers as much as actors, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never acted before.
This isn’t about looks, but about your unique perspective on the world.
Don’t be nervous and don’t let a lack of confidence or shyness hold you back. Some of the best actors out there are really shy people! Even Al Pacino… Often the shyest and quietest people have the most to say, and I promise you we will look beyond any nerves – so what have you got to lose by giving it a try?

Please note the following:
You must be 16 or over and have completed your GCSEs (this is due to licensing reasons for filming and I’m afraid we cannot be flexible on this).
You must be fully available for workshops and filming between 6th to 14th January 2014 in the London area (there will be a fee paid for workshop and filming days for the selected cast, but we don’t have the budget for providing accommodation).

To download the audition scene and to register and upload your video audition visit:


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Inbetweeners head to Australia

The follow-up to the UK’s most successful comedy film of all time will see the hapless Jay, Neil, Simon & Will reunited in Australia.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 will start shooting in Australia on 7th December before moving to the UK in January.

 Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, the creators of the hit E4 sitcom will be directing the new film, and have once again written the script.

They said in a statement:
 "So, the news is (drumroll)... filming is about to start and yes, it's set in Australia. We can't say too much as we don't want to spoil the jokes for you, but what we can exclusively reveal is there will be kangaroos. And Australians. And possibly koalas. Oh and obviously Jay, Will, Neil and Simon providing they're let into the country."

They added: "Thanks so much for all your support, we're hoping to deliver a film that you'll enjoy even more than the last one."

The first Inbetweeners Movie was a surprise and runaway smash-hit success. With takings to date nearing £60 million, it is the most successful British comedy film of all time.

The film will be produced by Bwark Productions, with a release date for the UK and Ireland already set for August 2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Thirteenth Tale

Two young British actresses star together as twin sisters in The Thirteenth Tale, a new 90-minute gothic suspense drama from Heyday Films coming to BBC Two this Christmas.

The Thirteenth Tale is a haunting psychological mystery set in the modern day, with poignant flashbacks starting in 1940. The disturbing story begins when a young female biographer, Margaret, played by Olivia Colman, sets out to interview a legendary writer whose health is fading. Vida Winter, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has, until now, refused to divulge the dark secrets of her life and past at Angelfield, her childhood home. An unlikely shared empathy is cultivated between the two women, and Vida’s story forces Margaret to finally confront her own ghosts.

Game of Thrones star, 17 year old Sophie Turner (represented by Independent Talent) plays young Vida. Sophie is currently in the US filming on Barely Lethal. She said of her character in The Thirteenth Tale:
"Vida is very protective of Emeline and of anyone interfering with their relationship. They are each other’s existence; they can’t survive without each other. They were brought up very feral and didn’t really have anyone to teach them the rights and wrongs or social boundaries of life. They are very much involved with each other and have no experience of the outside world so they’re very interesting, intense characters."

20 year old Antonia Clarke (represented by Troika), who played the doomed Lucy in Lightfields,  plays her twin sister Emmeline. The twins are so consumed with one another that ultimately the relationship becomes very destructive. Antonia added:
"I play Emmeline March who is the simpler of the two. She’s very affectionate and the complete polar opposite of Adeline, who has a clouded intelligence and is quite dark, whereas Emmeline’s quite adorable and affectionate."

The younger version of the twins is played by Madeleine Power (represented by United Agents), who played a young Catherine Tate in her Little Cracker for Sky.

Adapted from Diane Setterfield’s best–selling novel, the script has been written by Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons) and is directed by James Kent (Inside Men, The White Queen). 

The Thirteenth Tale was filmed on location in Yorkshire including at Burton Agnes Hall stately home in Driffield, Yorkshire.