Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas from Screenterrier






Screenterrier would like to wish all its readers a very Merry Christmas and looks forward to a New Year with all the latest news on new and shooting young stars...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Meet the Mr Selfridge children


Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven leads the cast as American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, in ITV's new drama Mr Selfridge, about the life of the flamboyant and visionary American entrepreneur.


Harry Gordon Selfridge moved to London with his wife Rose (played by Frances O'Connor), their four children and his mother Lois (Kika Markham) in 1906 to build and open the most ambitious and ground-breaking department store the world had ever seen.



The four Selfridge children are:

Rosalie, Harry’s eldest and slightly impressionable daughter, who gets help from Lady Mae to bed into London society, is played by 17 year old Poppy Lee Friar. Poppy (represented by Curtis Brown) from London, was a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and starred in the CBBC comedy drama series Dead Gorgeous which was filmed in Australia.

13 year old Adam Wilson plays Gordon, Harry’s only son, and the heir to the Selfridge Empire. Gordon is a sweet boy who misses his dad’s affection when he works all the time. Adam (represented by On It Artists) from High Wycombe, will also be seen next year, playing Olivia Coleman's son in new ITV drama Broadchurch.

13 year old Freya Wilson plays Violette, Harry’s second, slightly rebellious suffrage-cheering daughter. Freya (represented by Curtis Brown) played the role of the young Princess Elizabeth in Oscar-winning The King's Speech.

Raffey Cassidy plays Beatrice, Harry’s youngest daughter, who is very good at finding out secrets. Raffey (represented by Shepherd Management) is the younger sister of Emmerdale's Grace Cassidy, and played the younger Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. She is currently filming the title role in Molly Moon, an adaptation of Georgia Byng's fantasy novel about an orphan who learns the art of hypnosis.

The 10-episode series Mr Selfridge is set to start on the 6th January 2013 at 9pm on ITV1.

The young stars of the Doctor Who Christmas Special

13 year Ellie Darcey-Alden (represented by A&J Management) is joined by her younger brother Joe as they both star in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen.

They play Francesca and Digby, the two charges of a young governess, Clara, played by the soon-to-be new Doctor Who companion Jenna Louise Coleman.

Ellie played Young Lily Evans in the final Harry Potter film.

10 year old Joseph Darcey-Alden (also A&J Management) is also a keen dancer and is currently appearing in Sadlers Wells production of The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre.

Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales.
When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

Also guest-starring are Richard E. Grant, Tom Ward,  and the hour-long episode is written by Steven Moffat. Doctor Who - The Snowmen will air in the UK on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:15pm.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

CITV celebrates 30th birthday with ‘Old Skool’ weekend

ITV’s children’s brand CITV celebrates its 30th birthday in 2013. To mark the occasion, ITV1 will air a documentary on 29th December 2012 charting the history of the brand, and the CITV channel will be holding an action packed ‘Old Skool’ weekend on 5th and 6th January 2013.

From 9:25am to 6pm on the 5th and 6th January 2013, CITV will be broadcasting a selection of its iconic shows including Fun House, Press Gang, Knightmare, The Raggy Dolls, Count Duckula, Art Attack and Children's Ward. Additional episodes will also be available to view and rent online at www.itv.com/itvplayer for an exclusive period giving viewers the chance to re-live their favourite childhood programmes.

Jamila Metran, Head of Programming, CITV said: “We are very proud of CITV’s heritage, and look forward to bringing back all the old favourites for this one-off, not to be missed event and show the kids what their parents watched when they were young!”

Children’s Ward launched not only the acting careers of many Coronation Street actors (Jane Danson, Alan Hansell, Tina O’Brien, Steven Arnold and Vicky Binns), but was also key to the launch of the writing careers of Kay Mellor, Russell T Davies and Paul Abbott.

Press Gang was a drama that gave us the likes of Julia Sawalaha, Dexter Fletcher, Lucy Benjamin and launched the writing career of Steven Moffat. Over 5 years it had some of the hardest hitting storylines on CITV.

CITV's ‘Old Skool’ weekend takes place on 5th and 6th January 2013. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CBBC casting call



THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE AGAIN

THIS IS A 13 PART SERIES FOR CBBC THROUGH WORST YEAR PRODUCTIONS IN AUSTRALIA.

IT WILL BE FILMING OUT THERE

Production details
Production dates (eg. shoot, rehearsals)
Shoot dates are 8/4/13 to 9/7/13 with a two week rehearsal period prior to the 8th so would need to travel around the 22nd of March, 2013.

Location:AUSTRALIA

Simon (Male)
14 Years old

BOYS AGED 14 - 16 ONLY, ANY ETHNICITY

Simon is British born and has been living in Australia for between one and two years. His accent remains British and he may frequently adopt phrases and sayings that are alien to his contemporaries.

Simon is funny. This is very important. Whilst we will often laugh AT him for all of the above reasons, we will definitely laugh WITH him as well – because he is naturally very witty and a lot of the sarcastic jokes he makes are very deliberate on his part and usually hit the target.

Please email to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED asap with a CV & Picture.

Any email without a picture will be deleted.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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 33rd  Film Awards.

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

22 year old Samantha Barks (represented by United Agents) for her first film role as Eponine in Tom Hooper's film version of Les Miserables.



Fady Elsayed (represented by Troika) for his portrayal of Mo in Sally El Hosaini 's My Brother The Devil.



16 year old Tom Holland (represented by Curtis Brown) for his starring role as Lucas in in J.A Bayona's The Impossible.

19 year old Will Poulter (represented by Hamilton Hodell) for his role in Dexter Fletcher's directorial  debut Wild Bill.



20 year old Irish actor Jack Reynor  (represented by MacFarlane Chard) for playing the title role in Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did.


The 33rd annual London Critics' Circle Film awards will take place on Sunday 20 January at London's May Fair Hotel.

Expressions Casting Agency


We are currently opening our books for new children aged 3-15 years of age for commercials, TV, Film and Theatre. 

No experience is required and we are looking for new faces of all ethnicities.

Children can be based in London or from any area of the UK.


Applications can be made via


http://expressionscasting.co.uk/application-form



Monday, December 17, 2012

First look at My Mad Fat Diary



Back in July, Screenterrier announced the casting of a new comedy drama coming to E4 based on the novel  by Rae Earl, My Fat Mad Teenage Diary. Here's a first look at the new series, My Mad Fat Diary which will launch on E4 in January 2013.

Set in the mid-90s at the height of cool Britannia, My Mad Fat Diary takes a hilarious and honest look at teenage life from the perspective of Rae - a funny, music-mad 16-year-old who, despite an eccentric mother and her own body image and mental health issues, has a huge lust for life, love and trying to get laid.

Sharon Rooney, in her first major TV role, leads the cast as Rae, and is joined by a raft of fresh young talent for the six hour long episode series. Rae's friendship group includes best friend and popular girl Chloe played by Jodie Comer, jack-the-lad and joker Chop played by Jordan Murphy, the sweet and innocent Izzy played by Ciara Baxendale, major lust interest Archie played by Dan Cohen, and fit-but-knows-it Finn played by Nico Mirallegro (Spike Island, Hollyoaks), with Sophie Wright and Darren Evans as Rae's fellow hospital patients Tix and Danny Two-Hats.  

Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel, Mutual Friends, Secrets & Lies) plays Rae's mum and Ian Hart (Dirt, Backbeat) plays Rae's therapist Dr Kester.

For Sharon Rooney, it's the stuff that dreams are made of. One day, she's travelling round schools in Scotland, performing sketches about safety around water. The next, she's landed the starring role in a brilliant new comedy-drama on E4, My Mad Fat Diary.

Here, the actress talks about a remarkable few months, working with her heroes, and playing a less-than-glamorous role.

What's My Mad Fat Diary all about?

It basically revolves around Rae, who's just come out of a psychiatric hospital. She's only 16, and she's gone from the hospital where she feels safe and she has friends and she can be herself, to suddenly being back out in the big wide world. And she's been out five minutes when she meets her friend, Chloe, who doesn't know that she's been in hospital, and she's got a new group of friends. She asks Rae to go to the pub with them, and that's the start of her new life with her new friends.


How did you land the role of Rae?

I had met the casting director before, at another audition, that I wasn't right for. Luckily she remembered me when this came up, and asked to see me.


What had you been doing before this?

I've done a lot of Theatre in Education, which is basically being on the road going to different schools and doing shows about water safety and things like that. And I've also done some stand-up shows as well, just to keep busy, really, and trying to make people laugh.


Moving from doing shows about water safety in schools to landing the lead role in a major TV production is quite a leap, isn't it?

Yeah, it's a huge, huge jump. I think I was kind of lucky that I didn't know too much about it, so I didn't have too many worries or concerns. Because I'd never done anything like this before, I couldn't worry about how things would look on TV or what I should do.

Did you read the diary before you filmed?

Yeah, I read it before my first audition. I thought it was such a warm and honest and sad and real look at life from a teenager's perspective - no sugar-coating. Everything is as real as it can be.

Rae's a fantastic character, but she's not exactly glamorous. Did you mind that, or did you quite relish it?

It would be ridiculous for me to go in and say "Well, I'd quite like to wear these nice, fitted clothes, and I'd quite like some nice eye-lashes," and so on. It wouldn't make any sense. And I think it's good for people to see someone on TV who doesn't bother with make-up, someone for whom how they look isn't the most important thing. At the time of filming I just thought "Ah, who cares?" Now I've seen a bit of it, I've thought to myself "Oh Sharon, why did you not get a bit of concealer? That would have been nice." But I think it was the most honest thing to do.

Everyone can relate a bit to Rae's story, can't they? The joys and agonies of being a teenager are universal, aren't they?

Oh definitely. I think that's what's so charming about this. Whether you're young or old, fat or thin, male or female, any ethnicity, you can look at Rae and go "Oh, I remember that." "Oh, I recognise that." "Oh, I'm going through that now." And hopefully they'll think "I am a good person. My friends like me for me." And I think the thing about Rae's friends is that they all have their own problems to deal with. And they all think the others are sorted. Whereas everyone's like a duck, sailing along on the surface and furiously paddling underneath.

Produced by Tiger Aspect, the series is written by Tom Bidwell, a previous alumnus of Channel 4's talent scheme Coming Up, and Oscar-nominee for his short film Wish 143, adapted from Rae Earl's real-life diaries and subsequent book My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, and directed by Tim Kirkby (Eps1-3)and Benjamin Caron (Eps 4-6).


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Your last chance to be in Skins...

Love Skins? 
Are you 18 years or over? 
Do you know how to party hard? 

On Sunday 16th December we'll be filming the biggest Skins party to date in Manchester for Channel 4.
It's going to be huge and we want you. Sound good? Of course it does.

Spaces are limited so for more information about how to apply for one, all you need to do is send an email with the subject heading 'Count Me In' to skinswantsyou@gmail.com by 12:00 on 14th December for more info.

You'll then receive an email with an application form which you will need to return. If you are chosen, the Skins production team will then be in contact with further details.

As if that wasn't enough, as a thank you to everyone who attends you'll also gain free access to Manchester's Warehouse Project 'Laurent Garnier – All Night Long' on 16th December.

We can't guarantee everyone a place, but if you are chosen, you'll have the chance to see how Skins is made, hang out on set, listen to good jams and make some new friends. So come and help us make Skins history.

Your email will be received by a member of Company Picture's Team and they will contact you directly. Company Pictures will process your personal data in accordance with their privacy policy.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Out Of Step auditions



OUT OF STEP is a brand new British dance comedy musical shooting next year and we are searching for new stars to play the leading roles.

In early 2013 we will be holding auditions in London to find the UK’s next biggest triple threats – performers who can SING, DANCE and ACT.

The auditions will be open to anyone aged 16-25, male or female and of any ethnicity based in the UK.

To be kept informed and up to date with the application process and the film please sign up below and follow us on Twitter @OutofStepMovie

SIGN UP HERE: http://goo.gl/WFZOg


Gloria, a young aspiring dancer competes for a role in the biggest dance show on the planet, only to find out that the world she inhabits isn’t all that it seems when her life starts to resemble that of several famous dance musicals.

SOME DREAMS ARE TOO BIG FOR ONE WORLD 

London set, OUT OF STEP is a completely new and unique take on the dance musical genre. Lovingly embracing and poking fun at classic dance films: Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Fame, Footloose and Dirty Dancing, OUT OF STEP takes the genre to the next level by asking the question:

What if a group of characters were living in a dance musical but didn’t realize it?

The film was commissioned by Sweet As A Productions as an original project and is driven by a passionate love for dance and dance movies. The film plays with the conventions of the genre by turning them on their head, taking into account a modern audience’s knowledge and accessibility to the films that have inspired it.

SIGN UP HERE: http://goo.gl/WFZOg


MI High returns for Series 6

Action-packed teen spy-fi show MI High is coming back to CBBC for a bold and daring sixth series with all-new, top-secret adventures and a brand-new generation of highly skilled undercover agents. The series blasts back on screen in January with a thrilling back-to-back double bill of the first two episodes.

With a decidedly different look and feel, series six features new locations, gadgets galore and a talented young cast who have been recruited after an extensive, nationwide search.

18 year old Sam Strike from Southend-on-Sea, stars as uber resourceful action man Daniel Morgan. Like Bobby Lockwood who plays Rhydian in CBBC's Wolfblood, Sam is a graduate of the Sandra Singer Stage School in Essex.


Newcomer 18 year old Oyiza Momoh (represented by The Cairns Agency) from Glasgow plays master of disguise Aneisha Jones.


Another newcomer to TV,  14 year old Oscar Jacques (represented by Alana Herron) from Perth plays electronics genius Tom Tupper.


In the special double episode opener, the new team face their first mission: intercepting a heavily guarded cargo. To their astonishment, the package turns out to be a 15-year-old girl, Zoe. With her help, the team track down the Grand Master and finally put him behind bars. But is there an even deadlier enemy waiting in the wings...?

16 year old Natasha Watson (represented by United Agents) who starred in David Tennant drama Single Father, plays the new arrival Zoe.

Jonny Freeman returns as Frank London, and Julian Bleach is the Grand Master.

MI High will return to CBBC in the second week of January 2013, day and time to be confirmed.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Meet the cast of Dani's Castle

Strictly Come Dancing favourite and Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer (represented by Cole Kitchenn) returns to CBBC in the New Year in Dani's Castle, an eponymous new comedy series which sees her inherit and take over her very own crumbling estate.

Some very special guests pop into the castle along the way, including TV’s deadliest double-act Jedward, playing themselves, and Tracy Beaker Returns actor Richard Wisker as another cousin with a claim on the castle.

The 13 x 30 minute new series which picks up from where Dani’s House ended, sees Dani reassessing her life following the cancellation of fictional soap opera McHurtie’s Hospital. But her life is soon turned upside down when her mysterious Great Aunt Marjorie dies and bequeaths Dani her very own castle.

Screenterrier followers may remember there was an open casting for Dani's Castle back in April. Joining Dani in the new series are:

Waterloo Road star 16 year old Shannon Flynn stars as Kaitlin, the daughter of the groundkeeper of the castle who recently moved to Bogmoor from Manchester. Intelligent and pragmatic, Kaitlin becomes a valuable asset to Dani as she tries to win the respect of the locals. But she has little time for hopeless city boy Jimmy and her pesky little brother Leo.  Shannon, from Rochdale, is represented by Amber Personal Management in Manchester.

Actor and singer/songwriter 17 year old Kieran Alleyne from Leicester, plays soft-hearted urban boy Jimmy, who is more used to the sights of the city than the sounds and smells of the countryside. Accident-prone and impractical, can he adapt to life in the castle to help his new cousin turn the estate around? Kieran (represented by Cole Kitchenn) is a presenter on CBBC's Friday Download, and at the age of 13 starred in Thriller Live as a young Michael Jackson.

Northern Irish actor 21 year old Niall Wright (represented by The Lisa Richards Agency in Dublin) plays the dashing, romantic and chivalrous, ghostly Gabe who would make perfect boyfriend material for a modern girl, if only he wasn’t dead and unable to go outside the castle! He has a soft spot for Dani, much to the chagrin of little sister Esme.

Newcomer Jordan Brown plays spirited spook Esme who has been hanging around the castle for 250 years, so sees no reason to bow down to the current human residents. But she’s soon willing to work with Dani and her friends when she realises it’s her best hope for staying in her beloved castle.

11 year old Lorenzo Rodriguez plays wannabe magician Leo, the younger brother of Kaitlin who is rarely found without his trusty magic wand. The trouble is, Leo’s spells rarely work out – in fact his last spell probably burned down the town’s only internet cafĂ©… Rising star Lorenzo (represented by Scream Management) also plays Wolfie in CBBC's Young Dracula and Mikey in BBC sitcom In With The Flynns.


With dreams of becoming the lady of the manor, Dani arrives at her new home full of ideas and optimism. But she’s soon brought up short when she reaches Bogmoor Castle to find it’s been voted the No 1 worst tourist attraction in the country for 10 years running. With crumbling towers, howling corridors and an overgrown jungle for a garden, Bogmoor Castle even has a resident pair of extremely difficult young ghosts – Gabriel (Niall Wright) and Esme (Jordan Brown). And what’s more, Dani isn’t the only heir. She soon encounters a troublesome cousin she didn’t even know she had!

With no mobile phone reception to speak of and the castle threatening to become a burden around her neck, Dani has no choice but to restore it to a thriving family business. Can Dani get the better of the sceptical locals, the isolated conditions and the meddlesome ghosts to restore the castle’s fortunes and find herself some sort of life into the bargain? And could she have found her romantic soulmate in the gorgeous but ghostly form of Gabriel? Dani’s convinced he would make perfect boyfriend material – if only he hadn’t died 250 years ago!

Dani’s Castle was entirely filmed on location at historic Killyleagh Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland and will be shown on CBBC in the New Year.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

First look at Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game


A first glimpse of 15 year old British actor Asa Butterfield (right) as Ender Wiggin, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, in Ender's Game, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel.
He's standing in line with other new recruits (a.k.a. “Launchies”) early on at his time in the Battle School, and facing off with the imposing Colonel Graff played by Harrison Ford.

Ender's Game is scheduled for release around this time next year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First look at Mr Stink

A stellar cast of Hugh Bonneville, David Walliams, Sheridan Smith, Johnny Vegas and Pudsey the dog, star in Mr Stink, a magical, heart-warming and funny tale, adapted from David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book which comes to BBC One on Sunday 23 December 6.30-7.30pm.

Adapted by Walliams himself with Simon Nye, this 60-minute family comedy tells the story of lonely 12-year-old Chloe played by Nell Tiger Free), who invites local tramp Mr Stink (Hugh Bonneville) and his dog Duchess played by Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey to hide out in her family’s garden shed.

Chloe also has to cope with an overbearing mum (Sheridan Smith) who is more interested in her own political ambitions and her infatuation with the Prime Minister (David Walliams), than her daughter. ‘Perfect’ younger sister Annabelle (Isabella Blake-Thomas) and nasty girls at school also make Chloe’s life miserable. Chloe’s only allies are her put-upon dad (Johnny Vegas) who is harbouring a secret of his own, and newsagent Raj (Harish Patel).

But Chloe soon discovers she is not the only one harbouring a secret and there is certainly more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose.

In addition to being broadcast in standard definition, Mr Stink will also be shown in 3D on the BBC HD channel – the first time the BBC has filmed a narrative programme in 3D.

Wizards of Waverley star joins Panda Eyes

Young British Disney star Gregg Sulkin is currently filming supernatural thriller Panda Eyes in Wales, alongside Game of Thrones star 16 year old Sophie Turner.

Panda Eyes has been adapted from Catherine MacPhail’s novel Another Me, about a teenage girl Fay, with a dysfunctional family, who starts noticing strange things, and believes she is being pursued by her own double.

20 year old Gregg started acting as child when he played the lead role of Bernie Reubens in Sixty Six, directed by Paul Weiland. He plays the love interest of Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place, and is currently recurring on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. He has recently filmed a number of indie features including White Frog, and Camilla Dickinson with Adelaide Clemens.

Panda Eyes is directed by Spanish film-maker Isabel Coixet and also stars Jonathan Rhys Myers and Rhys Ifans.

Rocket's Island



Check out Rocket's Island (formerly known as The Knot) which starts tonight 4th December at 6:15pm on CBBC!

Screenterrier followers may remember a casting call for this new CBBC series back in May. Now it hits our screens starring two young newcomers, Joseph Galluci (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) as 11 year old Rocket and Helen Smith from Essex playing 14 year old Alli.

Casey is played by Keith Rice (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) from Liverpool with Sydney Wade (represented by Scala Kids) from Leeds, who played Amy in Marchlands, as his younger sister Lena.


On a beautiful, secluded island farm, Rocket Boulsworth lives in a world of possibilities. He even has his own cave where wishes actually come true.

He and his sister Ali are used to having temporary siblings. Their parents foster troubled kids on their idyllic Isle of Man farm. But Rocket reckons there’s something odd about the latest pair, who converse in code and whose stories don’t match. 

This three-part drama combines a beautiful setting, a cast that includes some familiar faces… and a heroic sheepdog. 




Monday, December 3, 2012

New Barbara Speake Performing Arts P/T school


My name is June Billham and I would like to introduce myself to you, I am the Theatrical Agent attached to the Barbara Speake Stage School.
Along with my partners we will be opening a part time school in January 2013 at the Trafalgar School in Twickenham.

The Barbara Speake Performing Arts Part Time School, is a sister company of the prestigious full time Barbara Speake Stage School, situated in West London. ​

The full time school was founded over 67 years ago by Lady Barbara Speake and partner June Collins, the Mother of singing megastar Phil. ​ The full time school is an academic institution specialising in the Performing Arts, who have over the years gone on to produce both national and international stars such as: Phil Collins, Jack Wild, Brian Conley, Naomi Campbell, Kwami Kwei Armah and Aml Ameen to name but a few. 

We have now decided that the time is right to pass on our years of expertise and experience to those students who want to take part in the Performing Arts, but on a Part Time basis. Not only will this help children to grow and develop, but it will also boost their self esteem and confidence, something, they can take with them, their whole life through. 

Our part time performing arts centres will offer three hours of fun training , divided in to three, one hour sessions of Singing Dancing and Drama, for students between 4 - 16 years of age​. 

These sessions will be taught by Industry professionals to ensure that the children receive the best training..

There is also the possibility for the children to be represented by the Agency with the opportunity of taking part in professional TV, Film and Theatre Productions.
Recent work include Cartoonito, Carousel, The Wizard Of Oz, NSPCC, Cancer Research, Disney Channel,Tesco, DFS.

We are offering SCHOLARSHIPS and FREE TASTER SESSIONS

Our Moto is Aspire Today, Inspire Tomorrow.

For more information please contact:  Tel 0203 397 2148

Email: Performingarts@barbaraspeake.com Web: www.barbaraspeakeperformingarts.com

Friday, November 30, 2012

Workshop auditions for 10 - 18 year olds

Starlight Theatre School will be holding free workshop-based auditions for 10-18 year-olds on Sunday 16th December in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, for specialist training in acting, singing and dancing, in preparation for their next full-scale musical and for possible agency representation for professional film, TV, theatre and commercial work through their associates- Daisy & Dukes Ltd. Up to three scholarships for free training are also available to worthy students who demonstrate their potential to fully benefit from their training with us.

Starlight Theatre School has evolved over the years to provide revolutionary training in performing arts.
It’s a place where skills are developed for the art rather than the ego, moving far beyond the superficial persona of a stereotypical stage school to take the industry- standard to the next level – nurturing, inspiring and developing students to become multifaceted actors, singers and dancers who exude inner-confidence, focus, integrity and technical excellence whilst empowering them to become free-thinking individuals who question the status-quo to reach new depths in the exploration and the discovery of self.
It’s a place where performing is about giving rather than taking and where students are treated with mutual respect, compassion and understanding whilst maintaining a clear sense of focus, purpose and self-discipline within a professional environment.

For further information or to reserve a place, please visit their website - www.starlightuk.com or contact them on 0845 0940 654

Thursday, November 29, 2012

First look at Kaya Scodelario in Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes

Back in December last year, Screenterrier announced Skins star Kaya Scodelario was off to the States to film independent feature film Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes.


The film is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and the first images of Kaya in the film have now been released.

Kaya plays the eponymous Emanuel, a troubled girl who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbour, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.

The film also stars another rising young British, Aneurin Barnard (about to be seen as the lead in Mariah Mundi), alongside Alfred Molina , Frances O’Connor, and Jessica Biel.

Kaya has recently been filming on new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe as well as the final Skins reboot Skins:Fire.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

First look at The Poison Tree


 

Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Downton Abbey, White Heat), Matthew Goode (Stoker, Birdsong, A Single Man) and Ophelia Lovibond (8 Minutes Idle, No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) star in The Poison Tree, a new psychological and atmospheric thriller produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1, which will premiere on ITV1 on Monday December 10th at 9pm.


Based on the dark and captivating novel by Erin Kelly, The Poison Tree is a drama of human desires, betrayal and deception. The 2 x 60 minute episodes have been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders,Law & Order UK) and directed by Marek Losey.
 
Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring) has spent twelve years waiting for her partner Rex (Matthew Goode) to be released from prison. Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down to normal family life in their remote seaside cottage with their 11 year old daughter Alice, played by newcomer Hebe Johnson.

But then Karen starts to receive silent phone calls and anonymous text messages and she can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are constantly being watched. It seems that despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone somewhere knows the truth about what she and Rex did.
 
Flash backs to the long, hot summer of 1999, when Karen was a student and first met Rex and his impossibly glamorous sister Biba (Ophelia Lovibond), gradually reveal Karen, Rex and Biba’s shared history in the crumbling Highgate mansion that they share – their intense, almost incestuous relationships, and the hedonistic party lifestyle that culminates in the tragic events that leave two people dead.
 
As the threat to Karen draws ever nearer, gradually the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and the truth of what happened that fateful day emerges. But it seems that Karen is concealing deeper, darker secrets than even Rex realises. If he wasn’t guilty of murder, then who was? And how far will Karen go to protect the family that she has sacrificed so much for?


The cast also includes nine year old Lucy Hutchinson (represented by A&J Management) who plays Young Biba.
 
The 1st episode of the 2-part drama is at 9pm on Monday 10th December on ITV1.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

School for Santas

Gavin & Stacey creator and star, James Corden is set to play the lead in School for Santas, a seasonal family film being developed for him by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title Films, and producer Kris Thykier.

The film will be written by Richard Bean, the playwright behind Broadway and West End hit One Man,Two Guvnors which enjoyed a sellout run with Corden in the lead role.

School for Santas follows a down-on-his luck dad, played by Corden, who must embrace the Christmas spirit and discover his inner-Santa in order to win back his kids.

Corden said: “All my life I’ve wanted to make a big family Christmas movie. To be making one with a company like Working Title Films is a dream come true. Re-teaming with Richard Bean and Kris Thykier is like all my Christmas’s have come at once. I can’t wait to start.”

Corden has recently finished filming One Chance, a new Brit-com based on Paul Potts, about an aspiring singer who becomes a reality TV phenomenon, and he’ll soon be appearing alongside Keira Knightley in the forthcoming film Can a Song Save Your Life?

School for Santas is set to start shooting in New York and London in 2013.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First look at Doctor Who Christmas special 2012



This year’s movie-scale Doctor Who Christmas special will be called The Snowmen, and the episode will introduce the new companion, a new look for the Doctor and a new monster that will have families shivering behind their sofas.

Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman, who was announced as the new companion back in March, as Clara, The Snowmen will follow their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant) and his army of icy snowmen.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: “The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favourite things - but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman...”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in December for the Christmas special, with a further eight epic episodes in spring next year.

Katie Morag comes to CBeebies

The adventures of Katie Morag McColl are to be made into a series of 26 x14 minute live action dramas for CBeebies

Katie Morag, which will be produced by the Scottish indie Move On Up, is based on the hugely popular series of books created by author and illustrator Mairi Hedderwick.

Katie Morag is a small red-headed girl who lives with her family on the magical Scottish Island of Struay. Although she lives in a unique setting, her stories portray some of the enduring themes of childhood.

Stories of jealousy, bravery and rivalry, peopled by an annoying little brother, busy shopkeeper parents, a perfectly perfect best friend and a couple of grandmothers who between them know everything about everything. Katie Morag is a feisty character who has been known to get herself into scrapes but who generally emerges from them (usually with some assistance from one or other of her Grandmothers) in a funny and endearing way.

Mairi Hedderwick said: “It is high time that that I let go of Katie Morag. I will be intrigued to watch her transformation into the medium of live action television because Katie Morag is a very real child in a very real environment; the mailbags of teachers' and children's letters from all over reassure me on this.”

Katie Morag will be shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the stories told from a child’s perspective. Against a backdrop of the remote and beautiful Hebridean Islands, the stories will celebrate the intrinsic sense of community, the preciousness of the environment and the universal tensions and joys of family life.

The 26-episode live-action series is due to be filmed in Lewis next year.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Young British Stars of Kick Ass 2

Filming in London is just coming to an end on Kick-Ass 2, the much anticipated sequel to 2010 cult favourite Kick-Ass.

Chloe Moretz, now aged 15, returns as Hit Girl, alongside fellow returnees Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as villain Red Mist, and they are joined by some young British stars.

Daniel Kaluuya (represented by Troika), plays Black Death, part of the gang of villains led by 'The Mother F*cker' (formerly Red Mist). Daniel starred in BBC Three's The Fades, and will also be seen in up-coming crime thriller Welcome To The Punch.

Augustus Prew (represented by The Rights House) plays Todd, replacing Evan Peters in the role of Dave Lizewski's (Aaron Johnson) best friend. Augustus stars as Alfonso in The Borgias and will next be seen alongside fellow young Brit Lucy Boynton in Copperhead.

Newcomer Tanya Fear (represented by Identity Agency Group), in her first feature film role, plays Harlow, one of the mean girls.

16 year old Ella Purnell (represented by The Rights House) plays fellow mean girl, Dolce. After playing a young Keira Knightley in Never Let Me Go, Ella has since starred in features Intruders, and Ways To Live Forever, and was most recently out in Alaska filming indie feature Wildlike

Along with Brooke (played by 16 year old American actress Claudia Lee), Harlow and Dolce are the mean girls, perfectly manicured, well-dressed and real girlie-girls with acerbic tongues.

Here's the official synopsis:

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.  

Directed by Jeff Wardlow for Universal Pictures, Kick-Ass 2 is due for release in mid- 2013.