What's on the slate?
August 2019, Annie’s currently casting:
Workshop for new play FOXES by Dexter Flanders, directed by James Hillier for Defibrillator Theatre. “Daniel and Meera are preparing to become new young parents; however, a revealing encounter forces Daniel to question his identity. What would his community say if they knew and are we ultimately judged and defined by our race, sexuality, gender, age and culture?” Fully cast with Tosin Alabi, CJ Beckford, Michelle Greenidge, Ivan Oyik and Danusia Samal.
Short film UNCLE RAYMOND DROPS BY by writer/director David Horovitch. “It’s 1955 and eight year old ‘Daniel’ unexpectedly finds himself spending time his mysterious ‘Uncle Raymond’”. With Tom Brooke and Fiona Glascott. Full cast to follow.
Short film BABY DEAR directed by Soham Banerjee. “Caleb’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks at the door”. A coming of age drama about family ties and independence. Fully cast with Lorn Macdonald, Simone Lahbib and Georg Nikoloff.
Short film NATIVES by writer/director Siofra Campbell. “Hayley has a big decision to make, and time is running out”. A film about loyalty, identity and sacrifice. Fully cast with Zoe Tapper, Andrew Brooke, Clint Dyer, Thomas Coombes and James Hillier.
Additional casting for play LEAVE A MESSAGE by Ed Coleman, directed by Jessica McVay. Edinburgh Festival 2019. “Will we be remembered for anything more than the mess we leave behind? A comedy (mostly). Based on a real afternoon.” With Eleanor Fanyinka.
Short film MUSE for writer/director Azhur Saleem. A sci fi thriller. Produced by Tora Young. A sci-fi thriller about a painter and his muse. Fully cast with Paul Ready, Golda Rosheuvel, Lu Corfield, Taj Atwal and Sagar Radia.
Play JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL directed by James Hillier for Defibrillator Theatre and Artbeat. Starring Robert Bathurst. A site specific, one-man version of Keith Waterhouse’s celebrated comedy to be performed at the Coach and Horses pub in Soho, where the play is set. Running from 7th May - 1st June.
Additional casting for short film TRUE FIGHT by Wilson Benedito, directed by Lauren Mackenzie. A family drama about love and legacy. With Michelle Heard.
Short film HEARTS OF STONE by Oscar nominated short film writer/director Tom Van Avermaet, produced by Bulletproof Cupid. Fully cast with Jessica Barden and Noomi Rapace.
Short film HOME BY 8.30 by writer/director, Perry White, produced by Dominic Bolton. ‘Michael is a teenager now but after tonight will he get to see his twenties? An urban story about secrets, family, violence and last chances.’ Fully cast with Angela Wynter, Sharlene Whyte, Kevin Mathurin, Montel Bowen and Liani Samuel.
TV 2 parter DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? for Darren Stuart Media will star the incredible Rebecca Root as ‘Florabel’ and Vic Reeves as her enigmatic husband ‘George’ in this enthralling drama based on true events. ‘One indefatigable transwoman’s quest to be recognised for who she is results in basic human rights being granted for thousands of previously disenfranchised others.’
Rehearsed reading of Russell Bentley’s new play about love and sex addiction, TUMBLE, directed by Eric Loren. Fully cast with Damien Molony, Keith Allen, James Holmes, Genevieve Gaunt, Madeleine Potter, Joseph Mydell, Tilly Gaunt and Eleanor Fanyinka.
Rehearsed reading of Che Walker’s new play BURNT UP LOVE, directed by James Hillier. With Tia Bannon, Sheila Atim, Che Walker, Gemma Lawrence and Phoebe Pryce.
Workshop casting consultant for new musical AS YOU AS NERVOUS AS I AM? book by Simon Spencer, music by Leighton James House, lyrics by Shaun McKenna, directed by Phoebe Barran. Fully cast with Natasha J Barnes, Louise Dearman, Graham Bickley, Emmanual Kojo, Matthew Woodyatt and Sadie Shimmin.
Additional casting for short film CLICK by Lucie Barat. ‘Following Scott’s funeral, his friends and family learn that there was more to him than met the eye.’ A comedy-drama about appearances and acceptance. With Dudley O’Shaughnessy.
Feature film THE CREEPING for director Jamie Hooper and producer Helen Miles. ‘A concerned young woman moves back home to look after her ailing grandmother and soon finds herself fighting a malevolent supernatural presence with a dark secret’. Shooting August 2019. With Riann Steele, Sophie Thompson, Jane Lowe, David Horovitch, Philippa Peak.
Feature film FUTURE TX (additional casting) by Danny Stack and Tim Clague. 'Two kids get their first mobile phones but they receive a call from someone who says he's from the future, and he needs their help if the world is to survive.' With Griff Rhys Jones.
Play LOSING VENICE by Jo Clifford, directed by the Orange Tree Theatre's Artistic Director, Paul Miller. Runs from 7th Sept - 20th Oct. 'A joyously witty take-down of dangerously daft machismo and the deranged behaviours of countries that have lost an empire and still not yet found a role.' Fully cast with Remus Brooks, Christopher Logan, Tim Delap, Eleanor Fanyinka, Josh-Susan Enright, Florence Roberts, David Verrey, Dan Wheeler and Tia Bannon.
Short film FRANK AND MARY by film maker Paul Williams. 'A brilliantly original comedy horror film about love, loss and DIY'. Fully cast with David Troughton and Roberta Taylor.
KINGS OF CRUMLIN
KINGS OF CRUMLIN
Short film SNAPSHOTS by Lliana Bird, directed by Phoebe Barran, produced by Blonde to Black Productions and Bird and Be Productions. The film is set within a photobooth across three different periods in time (1960's, 1980's and present day). Fully cast with Paul Kaye, Kellie Shirley, Jake Mann and Mark Benton.
Play NOT TALKING by Mike Bartlett, directed by Defibrillator Theatre Company Artistic Director, James Hillier. The Arcola Theatre, London from 25th April - 2nd June. 'A gripping and lyrical drama which blasts open cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife.' Fully cast with David Horovitch, Kika Markham, Gemma Lawrence and Lawrence Walker.
Four Stars: Time Out, Stage, Mail On Sunday, What's On Stage, Evening Standard
Documentary MARS 1001 for Director Robin Sip of Mirage3D, The Netherlands. Fully cast with Anna O'Grady, Nicholas Lupu, Lisa Caruccio Came, Mark Holden, Yuriri Naka and Giorgio Spiegelfeld.
Short film THE STORM by film maker Sam H Buchanan. 'A a sand srorm ravages the British countryside and traps a family inside their caravan'. Fully cast with Olivia Carruthers, Tom Spink, July Namir and Howard Lee.
Feature film KINGS OF CRUMLIN by writer/director Simon de Selva. 'A gentle comedy of violence, masculinity, displaced testosterone and salsa. 'The Shawshank Redemption' meets 'Strictly Ballroom' in Belfast'. Lead cast attached includes Freddie Fox, Peter Firth, Douglas Hodge, Doon Mackichan, Pauline McLynn, Joseph Balderrama, Steven Elder, Omid Djalili, Sean Gilder and Samantha Bond.
A Christmas campaign commercial for LIBERTY GLOBAL telecommunications. Produced by Caroline Willis for Perfect Tribe. Directed by Richard Cousins. Fully cast with Adrian Christopher, Carole Stennett, Peter Burrows, Ophelia Jones and Curtis Baffoe Djadja.
A commercial for SUNLIFE insurance for Aspect Film and Video, Bristol. Produced by Elle Dimond, directed by Sam Haire. Fully cast with Kim Durham, Hazel McBride, Steve Fortune and Nina Stratford.
Feature film OUTMODER for director Azhur Saleem and producer James Boyle of Park Road Pictures. 'A once-famous writer hacks an android to complete his much-anticipated second novel, but a productive start soon descends into jealousy and murderous violence.’ Cast attached includes Arsher Ali, Jack Rowan, and Richie Campbell.
A corporate film for RSA produced by Glyn Williams at Belong Communications and directed by Richard Cousins. Fully cast with Alicia Charles and Hayley Jayne Standing.
Short film A STITCH IN TIME for film maker Graham Atkins-Hughes. 'Following a knife crime incident in London, a young man faces two very different versions of the future.' Fully cast with Paul Barber, Marcus Rutherford, Davina Moon, David Leopold, Ailish Symons, Gianpiero Cognoli, Matthew Flynn, Elizabeth Boag and Carol Walton.
Following its highly successful sell-out run at the Finborough earlier this year, LATE COMPANY by Jordan Tannahill transfers to Trafalgar Studios, 21st Aug - 16th Sept.
FOUR STARS: Telegraph, Times, Express, Evening Standard, Time Out, Daily Mail, Independent, What's On Stage, Stage, Radio Times.
Short film SAFE SPACE by film maker Ben S Hyland. 'The work-a-day world of a case worker confronted with the daily challenges of helping survivors of human trafficking in the UK.' Fully cast with Rebecca Grant, Marlene Madenge, Alma Eno, Josie Campbell and Karina Knapinska.
Short film BLOOD TYPE for NFTS graduating director Jeongmin Lee, produced by Jimmy Campbell-Smith. 'An absorbing and bittersweet love story that alternates between a boldly stylised struggle for survival in 1930's Soviet Russia and a tender romance in a youth hostel in present day London.' With Arthur Lee and Catherine Nix-Collins.
Additional casting for short film WISHIN' AND HOPIN' directed by Jacqueline Pepall. 'In the ladies loo at Jane's wedding reception, Kate considers her past relationships and an unexpected encounter brings the possibility of a brighter future.' With Martine Brown.
An online commercial for TAYLORMADE. Produced by Louis Haywood at Aspect Film and Video, Bristol. Directed by Sam Haire. Fully cast with Robin Sebastian and Alfred Hoffman.
A corporate film for SKY. Produced by Nikki Bentley at Perfect Tribe. Fully cast starring Surendra Kochar.
An online commercial for LOCKTON. Produced by Louis Haywood at Aspect Film and Video, Bristol. Directed by Sam Haire. Fully cast with David Hampshire, Denise Stephenson, Wayne Perrey, Rachel Handshaw, Jonny McPherson and John Christian Bateman.
An online commercial for BABYLON. Produced by Elle Dimond at Aspect Film and Video, Bristol. Directed by Joshua Lawson. Fully cast with Jody Larcombe, Jason Bailey, Rachel Fagan and Charlotte Burke.
An internal corporate film for MACQUARIE BANK. Produced by Glyn Williams at Belong Communications. Directed by Lorrin Braddick. Fully cast with Robbie Smith and Jennifer McKinnon Magee.
Play LATE COMPANY. Described by Torontoist as a “searing, unforgettable drama,” the play uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.” The European premiere of this acclaimed drama by Canadian writer Jordan Tannahill will run at the Finborough, directed by Michael Yale. Fully cast with Todd Boyce, David Leopold, Alex Lowe, Lucy Robinson and Lisa Stevenson.
Short film HOME TO THE HANGERS for film maker A D Cooper of Hurcheon Films. 'War poet Edward Thomas stumbles away from the battlefield. Hardly knowing where he is, he staggers and half jogs up into a wooded hillside. From the hilltop, Hampshire spreads out – England’s green and pleasant land. Thomas settles down by a rock, almost moved to tears, and soaks in the familiar view with its rolling hills, unchanged for centuries.' Fully cast with Alex Bartram as 'Edward Thomas'.
Play CHINGLISH. 'Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in his way: He can’t speak the language. He can’t learn the customs. And he’s falling in love with the one woman he can’t have.' Tony Award winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang returns to the PARK THEATRE following the sell-out success of 'Yellow Face' (Park Theatre 2013, National Theatre 2014), with this European premiere of his Broadway hit comedy, directed by Andrew Keates. Fully cast with Lobo Chan, Duncan Harte, Siu-See Hung, Candy Ma, Windson Liong, Gyuri Sarossy and Minhee Yeo.
Short film THE DEAD DOG for writer/director, Helen Bolter of The Moirae Films. 'A self-proclaimed Duke welcomes us to the oddest pub in Britain. Railing against the forces that threaten this place he considers to be his sanctuary, and completely oblivious to its lunacy, he nominates it for the hallowed title of 'Britain's Best Boozer'. Fully cast featuring Maimie McCoy, Emmanuel Imani, Tim Bentinck and Rob Tofield.
Short film THE LION for director Sam Buchanan and producer Camila Carlow. 'Set in a claustrophobic recording studio, a young director wrestles with a stuffy corporate script, a trio of meddling clients, and a voice over artist who's had enough.' Fully cast with Neil McCaul, Ed Coleman, Julian Stolzenberg, Ian Pope, Samantha Spurgin and Levente Molnar.
Feature film workshop WE TWO 2 DORNOCH by filmmaker Maximilian G L Ward for Hilux Productions. 'In an attempt to fulfill their best friend’s dying wish, two naive young men travel to Scotland, only to find themselves at odds with the local authorities.' Fully cast with Alex Ferns, Siubhan Harrison, Will Hislop, Harry Lister Smith and Ruari Cannon.
Short film A VERY HAM-FISTED STAKEOUT for filmmaker Maximilian G L Ward of Wardraw Productions. 'After a botched drug deal leads to the death of his girlfriend, a hot-headed rookie teams up with a more experienced trigger man to exact retribution.' Fully cast starring Steven Hartley. With Tom Varey, Eliza Butterworth, Gianpiero Cognoli, Eliza Butterworth and Helen Kurup.
Short film IN-DREAMS for director Joseph Morgan of Tomorrow and Co Productions Ltd. 'A glimpse into three historical narratives, characterising three famous dreamers: Sir Thomas Moore, Charles Fourier and Lady Charlotte Guest.' Fully cast with Eloise Black, Daniel James and Tom Clear.
Short film SOMNIUM for director Mayed Al Qasimi of Doro Films. 'Keeping intergalactic postal worker Joan Kepler company on her many postal missions is her spaceship, PAT1. On today's menu, three innocuous packages and a trip into uncharted space. Well, it’s nothing they haven’t handled before. But when something starts to affect PAT1’s navigation system, and his carefully programmed personality, Kepler realises that something is very wrong indeed.' Fully cast with Michelle Ryan and Denis Lawson.
Short film THE PENNY DROPPED for filmmaker AD Cooper of Hurcheon Films. 'A desperate woman seeks help from an unlikely and enigmatic source. She may not get the answer she thinks she wants.' Fully cast with Abigail Thaw and Philippa Peak.
Short film FAITHLESS for director Steve McCarten of Kinetic Film. 'A burned out Detective seeks revenge for the murder of his seventeen year old daughter.' Fully cast starring Sean Gilder, Jack Gordon and Jake Davies.
Short film SEVEN for James Morgan Films. 'Set in a remote archipelago 50 miles inside the Arctic Circle, SEVEN is the story of 16-year-old Johanna who lives in a tiny, isolated, rural community threatened by escalating oil exploration. When her father is killed by an oil worker, customary law dictates that the fate of the perpetrator rests in Johanna’s hands.' Fully cast with Nicholas Boulton, Dagny Backer-Johnsen and Trond Teigan.
Stage show AFFECTION for director Ben Buratta. Outhbox Theatre in association with The Glory present a brand-new devised show about bodies, intimacy and HIV. Fully cast with Rebecca Crankshaw, Aiden Crawford, Gavin Duff, Josh Enright, Barry Fitzgerald, Conor Gormally, Elijah W Harris and Jack McMahon.
Short film PADLOCK for filmmaker Ben S Hyland. 'An emotionally scarred man must survive the night in an abusive relationship after an argument escalates into something more sinister.' Fully cast with Gina Bramhill, Antonia Bernath, Valmike Rampersad, Rebecca Grant, Martina Laird and John Paul Connolly.