“Obsession: Dark Desires” offers intimate access to the emotional scars of those who have suffered as victims of extreme obsession. Brought to life through visceral drama and frank victim testimony, “Obsession” provides an icy window into the mechanics of the obsessive mind and the devastating impact of delusional fantasy.Packed with ‘don’t go into the cellar’ moments, red herrings and near misses; classic psychological thriller is injected with a menacing shot of reality as we discover how real lives can be shattered without provocation.
Our new client Sarah Goddard has just finished a successful run of Sally Cookson's 'Hetty Feather' at the Vaudeville Theatre, Rose Theatre & on Tour, playing Peg & Ida.
Frankie Wilson has just filmed an episode of
'The Dumping Ground' playing Max. Frankie joins MN client and series regular Akuc Bol, who plays Zakia is series two and three.
Chin Nyenwe has just performed in 'Little Stitches', directed by Alex Crampton.
Little Stitches, by BAREtruth Theatre Company brings together four writers, Bahar Brunton, Karis E Halsall, Isley Lynn and Raul Quiros Molina to tackle the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM). The production has been on a short tour to the Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre and Gate Theatre.
French client Phareelle Onoyon has just filmed an episode of new Canadian drama 'Camp X' with CBC and Temple Street Productions. 'Camp X' is created by the multi-award winning creators of the hit series 'Flashpoint,' Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern, and the producers of 'Orphan Black' Temple Street. Phareelle joins the series' international ensemble cast including Evelyne Brochu, Jack Laskey, Warren Brown, Dustin Milligan, Connor Price and Hugh Dillon.
'Camp X' is an emotionally driven adventure drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of a team of highly skilled young recruits - Canadian, American and British - torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inspired by remarkable true stories, CAMP X is about the origin of spycraft.
The eight-episode, one-hour series is set to air in early 2015. It shoots on location in Budapest, Hungary until the end of the October. Phareelle plays Claire in Episode 3 'Walking With The Devil'
'1984' is adapted and directed Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
Andre joins the cast following the production's successful run at The Almeida Theatre and subsequent
West End transfer to The Playhouse Theatre.
Sheila Atim is currently in rehearsals for 'Hopelessly Devoted' by Kate Tempest, directed by Stef O'Driscoll with Pains Plough.
Leo Ihenacho is currently on tour with 'Dancing In The Streets' with Flying Music.
Alhaji Folfana is currently filming an episode of the new comedy 'Mummy's Boys' with Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central.
Sean Bridgeman has just filmed an episode of 'Stella' on Sky1 with Tidy Productions.
Sheila Atim and Zephryn Taitte are currently receiving excellent reviews for 'Rachel' at the Finborough Theatre.
'Rachel' was written by Angelina Weld Grimké and is directed by Ola Ince an produced by Axa Hines.
"Zephryn Taitte brings great charm and charisma to his characterisation of Rachel’s optimistic suitor.” Alex Ramon, The Public Reviews
“The play is absorbing when at its most Ibsenite, capturing the pressures and tensions of growing up in what amounts to an unholy American lie” Andrew Dixon, The Guardian
Congratulations to Laya Lewis as THE LINE makes it's World Premiere
at the Palm Springs film festival.
Laya Lewis plays the title role in BEVERLY alongside Vicky McLure
BEVERLEY was shot in Leicester and tells the true story of a mixed-race girl growing up in the city in the 1980s and her struggles.
Huge congratulations to Sheila Atim who received excellent reviews for her performance in KLOOK'S LAST STAND.
'Ché Walker’s Klook’s Last Stand is just such a rarity. ...a piece of great originality and emotional depth...The two actors are superb... Sheila Atim has tremendous stage presence as Vinette. There is a touch of Grace Jones about her striking appearance, but she also conveys warmth and wit coupled with a poignant vulnerability.' - The Telegraph.
Zephryn Taiite performs in the two hander THE MAN IN THE GREEN JACKET by Eliot Molebe part of the Jermyn Street Theatre's South African Season directed by our very own Roy Alexander-Weise.
Congratulations to Roy Alexander-Weise who is who has been awarded the BBC Theatre Fellowship at The Bush and Lyric Theatres and Runner-Up at the JMK award 2014.
Christelle Belinga is set to film on the new Matt Lucas series 'POMPIDOU'.
Billed as a "visual comedy series", Pompidou will star the Little Britain comic as the title character - an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times.
Pompidou has been devised and written by Matt Lucas with Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker. Lucas will also direct with Charlie Hanson.
Paul Adeyefa is set to film an episode of the new Russell T Davies series 'CUCUMBER' on E4.
After the landmark Channel 4 series QUEER AS FOLK, CUCUMBER explores the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life.
Cucumber is written by Russell T Davies and produced by Matt Strevens, with directors; David Evans, Alice Troughton and Euros Lyn.
Alhaji Fofana joins the regular cast for the next series of BBC Radio 4's CANT TELL NATHON CATON NOTHIN, playing 'Tyree'.
In this stand-up series, mixed with sitcom elements, Nathan Caton talks about his family's disappointment that he decided to become a comedian.
Frankie Wilson films new ITV 6 part drama GRANTCHESTER
Adapted from the novel 'Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death' by James Runcie, the series is set in the picturesque town of Grantchester and delves into the life of Sidney Chambers, a charming and charismatic clergyman who begins his own investigation upon the mysterious death of his parishioner.
The series has been commissioned by Lovely Day, a sister company of Kudos, and will be produced by Emma Kingsman- Lloyd. The Lead Director for the series will be Harry Bradbeer.
Nicola Bland shoots feature film ''Reign of The General''
The film is directed by Ricci Harnett, who is making his directorial debut and starring as Leach again in Reign of the General, based on the story of the soccer hooligan turned underworld king pin. The film is being produced by U.K. independent banner Richwater Films (Vendetta) with CEO Jonathan Sothcott and Neil Jones producing
Matt Young and Billy Pamphilon feature in 'Greyhawk' at this years East End Film Festival:
Mal Walker (Alec Newman), a blind, reclusive, disillusioned army veteran, is forced into a down-at-heel council estate called Greyhawk when his beloved dog goes missing. Traversing the treacherous block, he encounters a succession of the estate’s oddball characters, from the friendly, helpful Paula (Zeo Telford) to a group of local youths who may or may not be behind the disappearance of his one friend in the world. Part detective story, part involving relationship drama, Guy Pitt’s debut feature (written by brother Matt Pitt) is shot in and around East London, and is an atmospheric, beautifully acted story of a man making his way back to the world.
Samson Kayo films ''The Javone Prince Show'' - a new and exciting pilot (tx tbc) for BBC3. Created by Phil Bowker (creator of Phoneshop, producer of Pulling).
The show is made by Lovely Electricity for BBC3
Alannah Olivia films the role of Redd in 'Fam', a new pilot for Lime Pictures, directed by Clint Dyer.
Peyvand Sadeghian is currently working as Puppeteer with National Theatre's Learning department at the National Theatre Studio..
Congratulations to Dorcas Fapson who stars as Sophie in season three of 'Shuga'.
MTV's eight part drama made by The MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Out of Africa Productions - which has recently been given a gold award at the World Media Festival 2014 in the Education : Edutainment category.
This means 'Shuga' also becomes nominated for a Grand Award / Grand Prix and Special Awards which are announced on May 14th in Hamburg, Germany. Congratulations and good luck to all cast and crew.
Billy Pamphilon and Samuel Folay play Wesley and Zurt in 'Chicken Shop' a new comedy pilot made by Two Brothers Pictures for BBC3, directed by Nick Collett
Elijah Baker joins the cast of feature 'We Still Kill The Old Way' as JP.
Retired London gangster Richie Archer is dragged back from his retirement on the Costa Del Crime when his brother is brutally murdered by an East End street gang.
Seeing the community he once ruled with an iron fist has become a violent ghetto where people are afraid to go out at night, he assembles his old firm and goes on a crusade against the youths terrorising the neighbourhood. But crime has changed - knuckledusters and coshes have been replaced by knives and guns and there are no longer any queensberry rules. The stage is set for an epic bloodbath on the streets of London. Sacha Bennet directs for Richwater Films
Maya Henson films 'Testament of Youth' directed by James Kent for Heyday Films / BBC Films.
The film stars Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson and Alicia Vikander.
Alannah Olivia films the role of Redd in 'Fam', a new pilot for Lime Pictures, directed by Clint Dyer.
Dave Plimmer returns as series regular Eggy in series two of BBC2's Bafta Nominated 'Count Arthur Strong' starring Steven Delaney and Rory Kinnear.
The show is written by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan and produced by Retort for BBC2.
Count Arthur is BAFTA nominated for best Television Situation Comedy in 2014: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/television/situation-comedy
We wish the whole cast and crew good luck for the 18th of May!!
Ramone Morgan films an episode of the eighth series of 'Dr Who' for BBC.
Verity Hewlett films on Marvel Comics upcoming secret block buster feature film.
Sheila Atim begins rehearsals for the role of Vinette in the two hander 'Klook's Last Stand at The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
'Klook's Last Stand' is written and directed by the critically acclaimed Ché Walker, with Lyrics by Ché Walker & Anoushka Lucas and Music by Anoushka Lucas and Omar Lyefook MBE.
Klook is a drifter who's gotten too old to drift. Vinette is on the run but she doesn't know what's chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and reach for hope until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face.
The show is produced by Natalie Macaluso at Vaultage Productions, with Steven Rinkoff.
Previews: 11th June Press Night: 13th June (7pm) Plays until: 6th July
Newcomer Maya Henson films the role of Essie in Big Talk's new feature 'Man Up'.
The comedy stars Simon Pegg & Lake Bell and centres an eccentric but loveable woman who accidentally gatecrashes a blind date. All set during one fateful night in London.
Ben Palmer directs and Nira Park Produces.
Laya Lewis films an episode of 'Cuckoo' series 2, for BBC3.
'Cuckoo' made by Rough Cut for BBC3, pits Hollywood stalwart Andy Samberg against British comedy giant Greg Davies.
Ben Taylor directs, Dan Hine produces.
Akuc Bol returns to CBBC's BAFTA-winning series 'The Dumping Ground' as regular character Kazima.
The series is set in Jacqueline Wilson's fictional children's home, familiar to millions of viewers from 'Tracy Beaker'.
Cerise Reid joins the ensemble in 'Finnean's Rainbow' (book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, music by Burton Lane).
The show transfers to the Charing Cross Theatre after a successful run at the Union Theatre.
Danielle Walters, Cerise Reid and Alannah Olivia film 'Kill Your Friends', The feature adaptation of the John Niven's cult novel set in the late 90s London music industry. Owen Harris (BAFTA nominated for 'Holy Flying Circus') directs this Britpop satire / black comedy about an A&R man - STELFOX played by Nicholas Hoult. Gregor Cameron and Will Clarke produce at Unigram & Altitude Films. The film also features Craig Roberts, Rosanna Arquette and James Corden.
Frankie Wilson films new BBC3 series 'Our World War', playing the young fusilier Frank.
'Our World War' is a gripping factual drama series offering viewers first-hand experience of the extraordinary bravery of young soldiers fighting 100 years ago. Drawing on real stories of World War One soldiers it uses the visual techniques and imagery familiar from modern warfare – POV helmet camera footage, surveillance images and night vision – to immerse the BBC Three audience in life on the Western Front.
Each episode is closely based on first-hand testimony, interviews and memoirs that reveal often hidden and sometimes disturbing aspects of the combat experience. The first follows a single company of riflemen and machine gunners as they fight the first battle of the war against a vast German army, a battle which delivers the first four Victoria Crosses of the war.
The films are produced by a multiple BAFTA-winning team behind programmes like Our War, The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, My Murder and the Relief Of Belsen. The directors are Bruce Goodison (Our War, My Murder, Bin Laden: Shoot To Kill) and Ben Chanan (The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Blackout); the producer is Sue Horth (The Man Who Crossed Hitler, The Relief Of Belsen) and Executive Producer is Colin Barr (Our War, My Murder, Maxwell).
Elijah Baker films an episode of 'Babylon' on Channel 4.
After the success of the pilot which aired earlier this year on Channel 4, Babylon is now filming in London
London's police force is in need of a public image revamp. And Chief Constable Richard Miller, played by James Nesbitt, has found just the woman to do it...
American visionary from the world of new media Liz Garvey, played by Brit Marling, sets out to revolutionise the force's PR department just as an outbreak of violence erupts.
Original comedy drama directed by Danny Boyle, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, featuring an ensemble cast including Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Jill Halfpenny, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel and Adam Deacon.
Ramone Morgan can be seen in ‘THOR – The Dark World’ starring Natalie Portman and Chris Helmsworth.
Ramone appears alongside Portman as the character of 'John', in this the second instalment of the THOR franchise.
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
View trailer here.
Desara Bosnja films new crime drama ‘Evidence’, created by Freemantle Media for Channel Five.
Evidence is a new procedural crime drama that will debut on Channel 5 in 2014 and sees Channel 5 returning to home grown drama for the first time in eight years. Evidence takes a new approach to drama both in the way it is created and executed. Each self-contained episode follows ten very different cases - from the committing of the crime, through its investigation and then to the final conclusion - and centres around three core detectives whose professional and personal approach to the job of policing drives the series.
Click here for more details.C
Bretten Lord plays 'Sam' in the new CBBC comedy series ‘All At Sea’, directed by Tracey Rooney.
A colourful 13x30 minute series centred around an imaginative 10-year-old boy named Charlie, whose family have recently moved from London to run a bed and breakfast by the sea in Scarborough.
Aaron Ishmael films a guest lead role on BBC's ‘Casualty’.
Dave Hart and Cerise Reid perform Commonwealth Theatre’s critically acclaimed site specific play ‘Our Glass House’ directed by Evie Manning. The show has transferred to London after receiving excellent reviews in Bristol and Edinburgh.
Hammed Animashaun continues in the Lyric Hammersmith’s ground breaking ‘Secret Theatre’ season.
A company of actors, writers, dramaturgs, directors and designers has been working with the Lyric to create something special. An exciting new season of secret shows.
Gwynfor Jones appears as 'The Actor' the West End's version of ‘The Woman in Black’.
The Woman in Black is a 1983 horror novella by Susan Hill, written in the style of a traditional Gothic Novel. The plot concerns a mysterious spectre that haunts a small English town, heralding the death of children.
Sheila Atim has recently played Maenad in Che Walker’s ‘The Lightening Child’ at Shakespeare's Globe, directed by Matthew Dunster. She now begins rehearsing for Pilot Theatre’s national tour of ‘Ghost Town’ directed by Katie Posner. ‘Ghost Town’ is an exciting piece of new writing by Jessica Fisher looking at runaways, identity and what it means to be courageous.
Samson Kayo, Alhaji Fofana and Che Walker will be joining the hotly anticipated second series of E4's 'YOUNGERS'. Samson returns to his role as 'Boss Fury', Alhaji will be seen playing new series regular 'Abraham' and Che Walker will be joining the team as 'Vince'.
The series is produced by Big Talk Productions, directed by Simon Neal and Kieran Murray- Smith.
MN's Alhaji Fofana films new BBC3 comedy ‘Siblings’, a brand-new scripted comedy series from Bwark Productions Ltd, makers of ‘The Inbetweeners’, Siblings is about the world's worst brother and sister. Obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved, they cause chaos and disaster wherever they go.
Phil Gilbert produces and Dan Zeff directs.
Frankie Wilson records ‘What Does The K Stand For’ for BBC Radio Four. This six part BBC Radio Four sitcom comedy follows Stephen K Amos's teenage years in 1980s South London.
The series is produced by Colin Anderson.
Aaron Ishmael films new comedy 'Totally Square'' written by Julie Bower and produced by Sally Martin and Bernard Krichefski for CBBC with Channel X Ltd.
Samson Kayo, best known as Boss Fury in E4's Youngers, films 'Family V2' (pilot) produced by Lucy Robinson at Little Comet for BBC1. Dan Zeff directs.
Bretten Lord stars in the indie feature film ‘Lad – A Yorkshire Story’ written and directed by Dan Hartley, winning the award for Best Child Actor at the Hollywood International Family Festival.
The Film also picked up the following awards:
WINNER Best Film - Anchorage Film Festival 'Golden Oosikar'
WINNER Best Film - Houston WorldFest 'Gold Remi'
WINNER Best Actor - Houston WorldFest 'Gold Remi'
WINNER Best Supporting Actor - Houston WorldFest 'Gold Remi'
WINNER Best Cinematography - Houston WorldFest 'Gold Remi'
WINNER Best Feature Film - Mexico Int'l Film Festival
FINALIST Best Intern'l Film - Hollywood Int'l Family Fest.
Nerys Evans, Deputy Head of Comedy, announces new comedy commission with a new series called London Irish for Channel 4. The 6 x30min series is produced by Company Pictures.
London Irish follows the antics of four ex-pat Northern Irish 20 somethings in London, written by someone who knows a thing or two about ‘the criac’ in world’s best city, Derry girl Lisa Mcgee. For these four friends it's not easy navigating their way through London life especially when they’re playing by rules only they get which leads to a whole load of wrongdoings.
The show will transmit on C4 in the autumn. The series is produced by Liz Lewin and executive produced Caroline Leddy. Tom Marshall directs.
Landry Adelard is set to film ‘Columbite Tantalite’, A Young Vic / Guardian short film written and directed by Olivier award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Young Vic and The Guardian first joined forces last year to make Epithet, which was launched online in March 2012 and saw director Angus Jackson working with Patrick Stewart and writer Mark O'Rowe in response to Edward Bond's Bingo. Six months later, Hattie Morahan starred in Nora, written by Nick Payne and directed by Carrie Cracknell, inspired by her acclaimed production of A Doll's House. The film has been viewed more than 40,000 times since.
The Young Vic's artistic director, David Lan, said: "If we have a policy at the Young Vic, it's to do things we've never done before. We've never made films. Offering our directors a chance to make these short films has moved us all on in excitingly unexpected ways. We have three physical stages in the Young Vic. Our short films are becoming our fourth."
Andrew Dickson, the Guardian's theatre editor, said: "This is a fantastic creative partnership that we're proud to be part of. The quality of the shorts is incredibly high, and it's great to be able to help create content that takes theatre to new places."
New client Dorcas Fapson, (MN Academy graduate), lands lead role in the third series of MTV’s ‘Shuga’, currently filming in Lagos.
Shuga is a hard-hitting drama that follows the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of living dangerously.Celebrated Nigerian film-maker Biyi Bandele, director of the hotly anticipated feature film of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”, will direct the 8-part series.
Congratulations to our new client (MN Academy Graduate) Akuc Bol who is currently in Newcastle filming a regular role in series two of ‘The Dumping Ground’. The show is produced by Simon Nelson & Lis Steele and directed by Nigel Douglas for CBBC.
Congratulations to Bretten Lord who is currently filming the role of Sam in CBBC’s new comedy ‘All At Sea’, a 13x30-minute comedy drama centred around a highly imaginative boy with heroic leadership skills, qualities that combine to create amazing adventures and terrible chaos.
Charlie, his parents and his brother and sister have just moved to Scarborough from London, downsizing to a family home that doubles as a B&B. Life at the seaside is new to everyone and Charlie loves the freedom, his new friends and their exploits, while his family can’t understand how he creates such havoc around them. Written by Brian Lynch, produced by Juliet Charlesworth and executive produced by Connal Orton.
A series of four fast-paced narratives, Run is a compelling and surprising portrayal of modern British life and the unseen dramas which play out all around us.
Featuring an all-star cast with Olivia Colman, Katie Leung, Lennie James and Katharina Schuttler and also includes Jaime Winstone and Neil Maskell. MN Talents JJ and Billy Pamphilon play on screen brothers Dean and Terry.
If you missed the series check out 4oD here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/run/4od#3548735
And don't miss the C4 page exclusively dedicated to JJ and Billy: 'Behind Run: The New Talent of Run - Brothers Billy and JJ Pamphilon': http://www.channel4.com/programmes/run/videos/all/behind-run-the-new-talent-of-run
Congratulations to Alhaji Fofana who has just filmed his first TV role in 'The IT Crowd Special' directed by Graham Linehan. The award-winning comedy is made by Retort for Channel 4. Banished from the ivory towers of Reynholm Industries, the IT crowd lurk below ground, avoiding work and social contact in equal measure..watch out for Alhaji's TV debut. Transmission dates TBA.
Elijah Baker has recently filmed the feature 'Vendetta' with Danny Dyer.
VENDETTA is a hard hitting urban vigilante film produced by Jonathan Sothcott and directed by Stephen Reynolds for Richwater Films (http://www.richwaterfilms.com/). It set amongst the backdrop of broken Britain starring Danny Dyer, Vincent Regan, Nick Nevern, Bruce Payne, Josef Altin and Tony Denham. Produced by Jonathan Sothcott (White Collar Hooligan, Devil’s Playground). Written and directed by Stephen Reynolds (fall of the Essex Boys)
Hammed Animashaun films new comedy 'Wizards Sleeve', written by the BAFTA winning writer James Lamont and directed by John Henderson for Angel Eye / Channel 4.
'Wizards Sleeve' will be shown as part of the Channel 4 Comedy Showcase and is produced by Alex Moody and exec produced by John O'Callaghan.
Congratulations to Dave Hart who's short 'Leonard' made by Hunter Hart Productions wins OTT Networks 'Film Of The Month' for May 2013
Dave stars in this thought provoking, twisted snap shot of a lost souls typical day. Not your average day. The piece tells the tale of Leonards struggle and diverse way of coping with his daily existence. Leonard is now in development as a feature length screenplay.
Congratulations to Zephryn Taitte who created and co starts in the popular web series 'Brothers With No Game' which wins the '2012 LA Web Series Festival'.
Set as short realistic and humorous plays where four friends discuss and analyse their emotional relationships with the opposite sex. Most of the action comes from a Living Room somewhere in London.
These guys are fumbling their way through their hopes of a relationship, dispelling the myth that black men are players.
Pharelle Onoyon returns to Corsica and Paris to film season five of the popular crime series drama 'Mafiosa' for Canal Plus.
Phareelle plays Carmen Paoli, daughter of Mafia parents La fille de Jean-Michel et Marie-Luce Paoli.
Laya Lewis films lead in 'The Line' directed by Bafta nominated Fay Gilberrt and produced by Yaw A. Basoah for Dark Pictures.
The Line is selected to be part of the the BFI Shorts 2012 - a high-level production scheme that forms part of the BFI’s commitment to support emerging filmmaking talent and provide opportunities for them to demonstrate their potential to create feature films.
Laya also films 'Cold Comfort' which will be broadcast ob Sky Arts later this year. 'Cold Comfort' is produced by Rob Watson and directed by Robert McKillop for Rankin Films in association with Poisson Rouge.
EastEnders is a British television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London. The series primarily centres on the residents of Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses, and its neighbouring streets, namely Bridge Street, Turpin Road and George Street. The Square encompasses a pub, street market, night club, community centre, charity shop, cafe and various small businesses, in addition to a park and allotments.
E4, the channel that launched Skins, The Inbetweeners and Misfits, today announced a new 8 x 30' drama series from Big Talk Productions set in the UK urban music scene. Youngers is written by Levi David Addai (My Murder, Micah - part of C4's Coming Up new talent season), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Eggbox, Casualty).
Screen Daily has word that ‘Perfect Sense’ and ‘Young Adam’ helmer David Mackenzie is set to direct rising star Jack O’Connell (‘Tower Block,’ ‘Skins,’ ‘Eden Lake’) in the prison drama ‘Starred Up.’
The original screenplay comes from psychotherapist, poet and first-time feature writer Jonathan Asser and deals with “a 17-year-old boy who meets his father for the first time since he was a toddler when he is transferred from a young offender’s institute to an adult prison because of his violence.”
‘Starred Up’ is set to kick off production early 2013 with filming to take place in the Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast. The film has the backing of Sigma Films, Film4 and Creative Scotland.
Jaime Winstone is set to play a stripper in a new contemporary drama on Channel 4 called, ‘Run.’ The 4 part series is currently being filmed in South London and also stars Olivia Colman, Lennie James and Katie Leung.
The programme tells the stories of 5 people who are facing life-changing decisions. The separate characters seem to be unconnected, but somehow their lives intertwine.
Coleman plays a single mother struggling with 2 teenage sons, whilst James plays a former heroine addict trying to stay clean. Leung plays an illegal immigrant from China, surviving by selling pirate DVD’s and stolen mobile phones in Brixton.
First-time feature director Sally El Hosaini makes a bold and terrifically confident debut, hitting her stride with this urban drama set in east London. It's well made, well acted by a largely non-professional cast and seductively photographed by cinematographer David Raedeker – a muscular and heartfelt film with Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette somewhere in its DNA.
Over recent years we have seen the growth of colour-blind casting in the theatre, as stage productions try to reflect today’s multi-cultural society.
There are some who suggest that having black actors playing English Kings in Shakespeare is “political correctness gone mad” but by and large, I think the majority of theatre audiences accept that the colour of an actor’s skin shouldn’t restrict the roles he or she is able to play. It is talent that should count.
It’s still a live issue though. The RSC, which has led the way in colour-blind casting, has just run into trouble for featuring only three East Asian actors in its forthcoming production of The Orphan of Zhao, a play regarded as the Chinese Hamlet. Now the actor Nathaniel Martello-White has come up with Blackta, a sparky satire about the life of black British thesps.
It's 10.30pm and nine-year-old Kevin should be fast asleep, not reading. "All this reading," Dad grumbles, "just gives you dreams." The sly precision of that phrase is typical of Alan Ayckbourn's brain-stretching 1998 play, which is smart and demanding but sufficiently silly that even the youngest in the audience enjoy it (although it's aimed at sevens and up, younger siblings inevitably come, too). Reading, Ayckbourn reminds us, might give us nightmares – but it also gives us good dreams, ambition and hope.
The book absorbing Kevin is a pulp thriller featuring his favourite detective, Rockfist Slim; when Kevin goes to sleep, he falls into the industrial oven where Slim is trapped. Together they escape – only to find themselves in the next book on Kevin's shelf, Chess for Beginners. Then, as they hop from Grimms' Fairy Tales to a collection of ghost stories, the contrasting prose styles challenge characters and audience alike. Unsurprisingly, Shakespearean declamation proves difficult to understand, as does the gnarly Scots of Robert Louis Stevenson's gnarly
Scots of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, but light relief comes with some fleet rhyming couplets and the sunshine simplicity of The Wooblies' Picnic.
The BFI and Lighthouse announce the 16 short film projects to receive production funding through BFI Shorts 2012, the BFI’s one year scheme to support emerging UK filmmakers.
Spanning genres from drama to comedy, thriller to sci-fi, and featuring filmmakers from a range of creative disciplines including film, TV, documentary, commercials and theatre, the 16 ambitious live action films have been selected for their strength of artistic vision and potential audience appeal.
With budgets of up to £50,000, each project is helmed by an emerging filmmaker with a strong track record of creative work. The BFI Shorts 2012 scheme will give these exciting new filmmaking voices, with the strong support of their producing teams and also Lighthouse and the BFI Film Fund, an opportunity to demonstrate their potential to create feature films that will entertain and engage audiences.
Today’s announcement follows an open call for applications in February. After receiving almost 1000 applications Lighthouse and the BFI embarked on a rigorous selection process, taking a number of films through to long-list stage and providing a development period to further hone a number of projects before selecting the final 16 films. The combined production budget for the scheme is up to £800,000 and the completed films are due to be delivered in 2013.
A Bafta-winning filmmaker is to tackle the little-known issue of teenage asylum seekers who arrive in Britain alone in a new film with real refugees playing leading roles and working on the crew.
Leave to Remain stars Toby Jones, who was recently named best actor at the Evening Standard Film Awards, alongside first timers including Massieh Zarrien who came to the UK from Afghanistan when he was eight-years-old. It emerged today that the film, which is in post production, will be scored by last year’s Mercury Award winning band Alt-J.
A TOUCH OF CLOTH is a British television comedy police procedural series created and written by Charlie Brooker and Daniel Maier It is a parody of British detective and crime dramas, and stars John Hannah as title character Jack Cloth, a police detective with personal issues, and Suranne Jones as Anne Oldman, his bisexual colleague. The title is a play on the title of another detective series, A TOUCH OF FROST as well as the British euphemism "to touch cloth'.
Casualty, stylised as Casual+y, is a British weekly television show broadcast on BBC One, and the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world. Created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin, it was first broadcast on 6 September 1986, and transmitted in the UK on BBC One. The original producer was Geraint Morris.