Tuesday, May 31, 2011

First look at We'll Take Manhattan

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is currently filming as glamorous Sixties star Jean Shrimpton in We’ll Take Manhattan for BBC4.

The film focuses on the iconic star’s four-year love affair with photographer David Bailey. The part is Karen's first leading role since her debut in the 2010 series of Doctor Who as the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond.

David Bailey is played by 24-year-old Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard (represented  by Ken McReddie Associates) who starred in the original London cast of musical Spring Awakening and last year filmed Ironclad and Hunky Dory. He recently wrapped on Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons and is to star in Iain Softley's Trap for Cinderella, also filming this year.

Although predominantly set in 1962 and exploring the story of how Bailey and Shrimpton first met the drama also reveals how a young, visionary photographer refused to conform. He insisted on using the unconventional model Jean Shrimpton on an important photo shoot for British Vogue and, over the course of a freezing week in Manhattan, threw out the rule book and made startling, original photographs.

We’ll Take Manhattan is the story of that wild week, of Bailey and Jean’s love affair, and of how two young people accidentally changed the world forever.

Speaking about playing the model, now 68, Karen said: ‘Jean Shrimpton is an icon of the Sixties and I am so excited to be playing somebody who had such a lasting impact on the fashion world. I can’t wait to take on the challenge of bringing Jean and Bailey’s fascinating love story to life.’

Executive producer Claire Parker, of production company Kudos, said: ‘In Jean, Bailey found someone that he and his camera fell in love with.

‘We’ll Take Manhattan captures the essence of their dynamic affair and how they unwittingly changed the face of a decade.’

The film, to be screened later this year, follows the success of BBC4’s previous dramatisations of the lives of celebrity subjects including Enid Blyton, Gracie Fields, Hattie Jacques, Frankie Howerd and Tony Hancock.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meet the cast of Fresh Meat

Screenterrier reported back in December on the commissioning by Channel 4 of a new student drama Fresh Meat, written by Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

The eight episode comedy drama series is currently filming in Manchester on the production stages of The Sharp Project Facility and on location around the city.

The series follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives thus far - University! Away from home for the first time, on the brink of adult life, they are about to discover who they really are. From the moment they ship up as freshers at their shared house, their lives are destined to collide, overlap and run the whole gamut of appalling behaviour and terrible errors of judgement.

Comedian Jack Whitehall stars as JP, a "public school boy with good teeth and an inflated sense of entitlement". 22 year old Jack (represented by Chambers Management), from London, won Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Awards in 2009 and also presented Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4. He started off as a child actor but decided to pursue stand-up after leaving school

Fresh from The Inbetweeners, Joe Thomas (represented by United Agents) stars as the charming, loveable and crushingly insecure Kingsley. Joe will next be seen the upcoming Inbetweeners movie, scheduled for release on August 19th and has also recently filmed a comedy pilot Chickens with fellow Inbetweener Simon Bird.

Kimberley Nixon (represented by Ken McReddie Associates) stars as Josie who is described as "overly enthusiastic, determined to experience ‘new things', however bad they are for you". Kimberley recently wrapped filming on Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons.

Another comedian, Greg McHugh (represented by Conway Van Gelder) stars as the socially awkward and know-it-all Howard. Born and bred in Edinburgh, Greg studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow before making his debut on the comedy circuit in January 2002.

25 year old Zawe Ashton, from Stoke Newington, stars as the straight talking, hard-living Vod. Six-foot tall Zawe started acting as a child when she attended the Anna Sher Theatre School in London - she spent her school years rushing off to appear in TV shows such as Jackanory and Desmond's, which gave her a strong sense of independence. "Sometimes I wouldn't even tell my parents I'd got a role," she says. "I got into the swing of dealing with it quite quickly." Zawe then went on to study acting at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is also now a poet and playwright. She played Jessica in an episode of Misfits last year.

21 year old classical singer Charlotte Ritchie (represented by CAM) joins the cast as Oregon "desperate to be cool and terrified of being boring." Charlotte is a member of classical girl-group All Angels. From London, she started performing at the age of 11 with the National Youth Music Theatre and went on to study English and Drama at Bristol University. This is her first main TV role.

‘I am delighted to be able to announce our exciting cast of the best of today's talent for a brand-new comedy drama series for Channel 4. Sam and Jesse are bringing their customary incisive comedy to the drama output, and the result is a hilarious and painfully truthful series about being a student.', said C4 Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell.

Once complete, the 8 x 45 minutes series will air in a post-watershed slot towards the end of the year.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

First look at The Fades

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First look at The Fades, the brand new horror drama written by Jack Thorne which is coming to BBC3 in September 2011. Currently shooting, the series is set to wrap in the next three weeks.

The series will tell the story of Paul (played by Coronation Street and River City actor Iain De Caestecker), a young man who suffers from terrifying apocalyptic dreams. Dreams that neither his best friend Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) nor his therapist can help him understand and provide answers as to their meaning. The dreams however are the least of Paul’s problems. As the series begins he is starting to see the spirits of the dead all around him. These spirits, or Fades as they are known in the series lore, are all around us, not able to be touched or smelt and as such are therefore invisible to all humanity. All humanity it seems, except Paul.

Lily Loveless is also in the cast, starring as Anna, Paul's twin sister, fierce and uncompromising who finds being related to someone like Paul rather annoying.

And another Skins star, Joe Dempsie (currently to be seen in HBO's Game of Thrones) plays John.

The Fades has been commissioned by the BBC initially for one season consisting of 6 episodes to be shown in September 2011, time and date still to be announced.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Young Brits set to star in Vivaldi

UK actors Max Irons and Claire Foy are set to star in director Boris Damast's historical drama Vivaldi which will begin principal photography this September at locations in Venice, Bruges, Hungary and Germany.

The producers are also now in the final stages of negotiations with Elle Fanning, Neve Campbell, Jacqueline Bisset, Tom Wilkinson, Alfred Molina and Sebastian Koch to join the cast.

Max Irons (represented in the UK by Tavistock Wood) was recently seen in Sky's The Runaway and stars as Henry in the fantasy film Red Riding Hood. 25 year old Max is the son of Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, and trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Claire Foy recently starred in the highly-acclaimed Channel 4 drama The Promise.

The Vivaldi screenplay is based on the true story of how the headstrong genius and priest Antonio Vivaldi turned a talented, but traumatised group of girls - the illegimate daughters of courtesans – into a world-class orchestra which played the great concert halls of Venice and, ultimately, for the Pope. Vivaldi is exiled and separated from his beloved girls when his maverick ways arouse the suspicion of the powerful and scheming Venetian society. But, on learning of the nature of the dark plot against them, the composer does all in his power to rescue his pupils, his career and the very integrity of the city of Venice.

A rival Vivaldi biopic, to be directed by Patricia Riggen, is also in the works. It focuses on the composer’s struggle between his devotion to his music and priestly vows and to the woman he loved. Jessica Biel, Ben Kingsley, Luke Evans and violin supremo David Garrett have been named as possible cast members for Riggen’s take on the musical genius who was also a Catholic priest. A date for the start of principle photography has not yet been set.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

First look at Treasure Island

First look at Sky TV's adaptation of Treasure Island with Eddie Izzard as the nefarious Long John Silver, Hollywood icon Elijah Wood playing Ben Gunn and a glimpse of one of Screenterrier's rising stars from 2009, 19 year old Toby Regbo playing young hero Jim Hawkins.

Toby is set to appear in the final Harry Potter film as Young Dumbledore, and stars in the lead role of James Sveck in Roberto Faenza's New York-based Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.

The rest of the cast includes Rupert Penry-Jones, Phillip Glenister, David Harewood, Danny Mays, Keith Allen and  Donald Sutherland.

The two part drama filmed in Ireland at the end of last year and on location in Puerto Rico and is expected to be broadcast on Sky during Christmas 2011.

Treasure Island is being produced for Sky by Kindle Entertainment, RHI Entertainment and Parallel Films.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Streetdance 2 starts filming

With rehearsals now complete, filming is set to start on June 6th 2011 on STREETDANCE 2 3D, the highly anticipated follow-up to STREETDANCE 3D.

The film will shoot on location throughout Europe, including London, Paris, Rome and Berlin over the next 3 months.

Streetdance 2 sees the return of favourites from the first film, including George Sampson, who won over audiences with his portrayal of cheeky chappie Eddie, and dance troupe Flawless reprise their role as dance crew The Surge.

George comments “I’m very excited about working on StreetDance 2 3D, the film is going to be totally amazing. I’m looking forward to playing Eddie again especially as I have more of a central role – I’ll be showcasing some spectacular moves. I also can’t wait to be filming all over Europe in some incredible locations.”

The filmmakers have also announced the casting of Falk Hentschel and Sofia Boutella in the lead roles of Ash and Eva. Having danced on two of Madonna’s world tours (Confessions and Sticky & Sweet), Eva was most recently seen as the lead in promotional video for Michael Jackson’s posthumous single release Hollywood Tonight. Falk was last seen on the big screen in the Tom Cruise action thriller Knight & Day.

When top street dancer Ash (Hentschel) is humiliated and laughed off stage by American crew Invincible, he sets off to gather the best dancers from around the world to take them on – with a dance style they weren’t expecting. With landmark locations, a spectacular fusion of dance styles and an unparalleled vibrancy, the sequel to StreetDance sees our hero fall in love with a beautiful salsa dancer as he discovers the magic, power and passion of dancing for the ultimate global dance off.

The same team behind the camera will once again be bringing the dance scenes to the big screen. Award-winning duo Max and Dania once again direct the project, Jane English has returned to write the script and Vertigo Film’s Allan Niblo and James Richardson are producing.

Vertigo joint CEO James Richardson says “We spent a year scouring the world for the best dancer/actors there are. Mixing them up with our great StreetDance creative and behind camera team together with the legendary talents of choreographers Rich and Tone means we will be creating the most spectacular dance sequences ever seen with a beautiful love story at heart.”

Co-funded with British Film Institute and BBC Films, STREETDANCE 2 3D will be distributed by Vertigo Films in 2012 in the UK. International sales are being handled by Protagonist Films.

Monday, May 23, 2011

MonologueSlam - The Ultimate Actors Showcase

MonologueSlam ™ – The Ultimate Actors Showcase - NOW OPENING IN

 The Ultimate Actors Showcase event launched in London, UK in
December 2008 and following National success, MonologueSlam ™ is now
launching at The Wardrobe in Leeds on Monday 6th June @ 7.30pm

 The show consists of three rounds of monologues and some
improvisation. MonologueSlam ™ provides a platform for Actors to
practice their craft and improve their performance skills in front of
a live audience, a high profile industry panel of judges and is FREE
for Actors to take part.

 The MonologueSlam ™ Leeds launch judging panel include:
 Rik Makarem of ITV’s Emmerdale, Madani Younis Artistic Director of
Freedom Studios Theatre Company and Vicki Psarias Award Winning Writer
& Director.

For more information about the event please visit:


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Casting call for teen actors

CASTING DIRECTOR KERRIE MAILEY  is looking for the following roles in a brand new series:

SHEELA (Female)

Sheela is aged 14 / 15 and Asian


She is a strong character who wants to see the best of everyone.

ZAK (Male)


Again this is a lead role.

He is middle class and is not used to the world of gangs.

He tries to see the best in everyone and becomes friends with Jamal


JAMAL (Male)

JAMAL IS 14 / 15 and SOMALIAN.

This is the lead and the story is about him and Zak.

He is tough but sensitive.

He struggles with gang culture and immigration.
 Hassan (Male)
Hassan is Jamal's younger Brother so MUST BE SOMALIAN.

He has a good understanding of English and is an intelligent boy.

Hassan is aged 12 ( HE CAN BE UNDER LICENCING AGE)

Abdi (Male)

Abdi can be any ethnicity but would love suggestions from Somalian Actors.

He is 17 / 18, tough and the gang leader.

Malik (Male)

Malik is Sheela's brother so must be Asian.

He is a wannabe 'rude' boy and aged 16

He is a tough kid who only cares about his crew.

PLEASE EMAIL kerriemailey81@googlemail.com if you would like to apply.

Casting is ASAP

Bafta-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant has written the three-part contemporary drama Postcode – the first time he has written just for a young audience. Set in a street in transition – a cosmopolitan melting pot where kids from well-heeled families live side-by-side with asylum seekers – Postcode charts the ups and downs of a diverse set of characters as they rub shoulders on a daily basis. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games

First look at rising Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games courtesy of the front cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peter Pan in Scarlet

Great Ormond Street Hospital entrusted the film and TV rights for Peter Pan in Scarlet to BBC Films back in December 2006.  The official sequel to JM Barrie's original book, Peter Pan in Scarlet was written by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean in 2005.

BBC Films have now announced at Cannes that the film is officially in development with Paul King (Bunny and the Bull) bringing his unique imagination and screen writing skills to the project. Infused with the mischievous spirit of Barrie’s original, this restores a distinctly British flavour to the famous story and will be produced by Stewart Mackinnon at Headline Pictures.

In Peter Pan In Scarlet grown-ups become children again, as Wendy, John and the Lost Boys join Peter Pan for more adventures.
Neverland is sadly changed but the spirit of Captain Hook lives on. Wendy and the Lost Boys are dreaming of Neverland. Strange. because they have all grown up.
Tootles is a portly judge; Curly is a doctor; Slightly is a baronet. Wendy, now a wife and mother, decides that Neverland is in trouble. They must find a way to go back.
And so these respectable mothers and fathers put on their children's clothes to become children again. Alas, Tootles has only daughters, so he becomes a little girl.
Armed with fairy dust and Tinker Bell's replacement, Fireflyer, they take flight.

Screenterrier will post further updates when casting and filming begin.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Now Is Good for Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine

Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine are to star in "Now Is Good" the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die", about Tessa, a teenager with just a few months to live who has a wish list of things she wants to experience before she dies, including sex, drugs and crime led by the goal of losing her virginity.

Ol Parker will direct and Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams will co-star alongside the youngsters.

Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will produce for BBC Films.

Jeremy, who'll be seen this year in Stephen Spielberg's War Horse, will also star as Pip in Mike Newall's up-coming feature film of Great Expectations alongside Helena Bonham-Carter, also for BBC Films.

Now is Good is due to start shooting in July.

UPDATE: And Kaya Scodelario of Skins and  Wuthering Heights (out later this year) fame has joined the cast too, presumably to play Tessa's best friend Zoey.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton to star in Vampire film

Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton are to join forces in a new film Byzantium to be directed by Neil Jordan and produced by Stephen Woolley, news from Cannes reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

The original script has been written by Moira Buffini and is based on her youth theatre play but has been taken to a slightly more adult, darker level, Woolley said. It details the story of a mother vampire who turns her own daughter into a vampire, the pair forming a lethal partnership, sometimes posing as sisters.

The film is set to shoot in October.

Good Vibrations

Another music pic is in the works, with the roots of the Northern Ireland punk scene getting the big screen treatment in Good Vibrations which will tell the story of Terri Hooley, Belfast’s godfather of punk.

Richard Dormer will play Hooley who founded the Good Vibrations record label from the ground up as a way to showcase punk musicians from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom. His signings included The Undertones.

Misfits star Robert Sheehan, who recently starred in another music-influenced feature Killing Bono, and currently be seen in indie feature Suicide Kids, is also attached to the film along with Michael Fassbender and Steve Coogan.

Filming is due to start in Belfast in August.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two new Moons join Eastenders

Two young actors are joining the cast of Eastenders to play Anthony and Tyler, the sons of Eddie Moon (played by David Essex) who is shortly to arrive in Walford.

Youngest son Tyler Moon arrives in Albert Square looking for his dad, with older brother Anthony Moon also stepping onto the Square shortly after.

Tyler is a bloke's bloke; he lives for the weekend, loves a good laugh with his mates and often ends up in trouble, particularly where the ladies are concerned. Anthony is similar to Tyler but at the same time very different. Where Tyler is quick to use his fists to sort things out, Anthony will rely on his brains and natural wit to find a more sensitive solution to any conflict.

Matt Lapinskas aged 22, and a graduate of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, will play Anthony in his first TV role. He said: "I'm absolutely over-the-moon! It has been my lifetime ambition to be on EastEnders, I have watched it growing up with my nan who is a big fan. I'm so pleased to get my first TV role, I just didn't believe it would be so big. I've met some of the cast I will be working with who were very friendly and welcoming and I can't wait to start filming." Matt is represented by Global Artists.

Tony Discipline, also 22 and another newcomer, plays Tyler, a "bloke's bloke" who lives for the weekend and often ends up in trouble, particularly with "the ladies", said: "It's really exciting to be able to work on a show that you have grown up watching and have followed your whole life. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to working on the show and becoming an EastEnder!" Tony is represented by Kelly Management.

The soap's executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "Both Tony and Matt are fabulous additions to the show. Headed up by David Essex, the Moon clan are on their way to becoming an established family in the Square."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Meet the new Misfit

Shooting started today on the third series of E4's BAFTA-winning Misfits. With Robert Sheehan (Nathan) having left the cast due to film commitments, the new Misfit donning the orange jumpsuit, is Rudy, played by 27 year old Joe Gilgun.

New kid on the block Rudy gets a rude awakening in his first few days of community service, learning that with the keys to the infamous locker comes a great deal of running and screaming and, in some instances, bloodletting. But that really is the least of his worries. More pressing is just how to keep his secret superpower, well, secret. And is it super? As in from the A- List?

Joe, originally from Chorley, Lancashire, started acting as a child when he attended the Oldham Theatre Workshop and was then cast as tearaway Jamie Armstrong in Coronation Street, a role he played for four years. He then went on to play loveable rogue Eli Dingle in Emmerdale, and more recently starred in This is England and This Is England 86 as Woody.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Snow White finds her prince

24-year-old British actor Sam Claflin has landed the role of the Prince opposite Twilight star Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, one of two Snow White films scheduled to go into production this year.

Kristen will play Snow White while Charlize Theron has been cast as the evil Queen.

Rupert Sanders is set to direct with Thor's Chris Hemsworth as the front-runner to land the role of the huntsman.

The plot revolves around the traditional tale of the queen becoming jealous of Snow White's beauty and sending the huntsman to kill her.
But in a novel twist the hunter decides to train Snow White to survive and fight back.

Claflin, who got his big break starring in TV dramas Pillars of the Earth, Any Human Heart and United, has only recently made the leap to the big screen.

He will soon be seen in cinemas in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and also has the title role in The Seventh Son alongside Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges lined up.

Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to shoot in London, Scotland and Germany in August 2011.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Casting Call for BBC series


MUST BE AGED 12 - 14


Please email CASTING CLOSED to submit details.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Teaser trailer for Intruders

Watch the teaser trailer for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders', the director's first English language film since '28 Weeks Later' which stars Clive Owen and Never Let Me Go star Ella Purnell.

The film, a horror/thriller, revolves around 11 year old Mia, who is forced to confront her childhood demons.

Intruders will open in the US, UK and Spain on October 7th 2011.