Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers. Now in its 12th year, the annual showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.
Past Stars of Tomorrow selected by Screen include Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (2005), Suffragette star Carey Mulligan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega (2011) and last year’s cover stars Taron Egerton, Olivia Cooke and Sam Keeley.
Stars of Tomorrow editor Fionnuala Halligan said: “It has been yet another exciting year for young British and Irish talent and yet another difficult selection in which I looked at around 400 valid candidates. This may be the first time you encounter these names, but it certainly won’t be the last. It’s our first year where we are presenting the Stars of Tomorrow at the BFI London Film Festival and hopefully they will benefit from the greater exposure. Some of the young talent are here with films in the festival already and more will return. We at Screen wish them well as they sail off into super stardom and we look forward to watching them as they shine."
Check out the trailer for Chewing Gum, a brand new E4 comedy starring the talented Michaela Cole. The series, an adaptation of her one-woman play which ran at the National Theatre, kicks off this week on Tuesday at 10pm.
RTS Futures are excited to announce an incredible guest list of gurus for their next 'speed dating' event. This is your chance to get their hints and tips on how to make a great impression and secure your next role. You can also ask their advice on anything from switching genres, moving up the production ladder to how to develop your writing skills. They will also be sharing their views on the television industry and how it feels to be making the most talked about shows on British television.
Check out the trailer for How Did We Get Here? a new original series coming soon to BWNG TV. The series is from the director of ‘Life Of Hers’ & ‘London Heat’ (Olan Collardy) and the writer/co-creator of ‘Brothers With No Game’ & ‘A Day In The Life Of Daddy’ (Leon Mayne).
How Did We Get Here? follows a complicated love affair between childhood sweethearts Dewale and Imani. Dewale, a talented musician, is in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship while Imani is in the corporate world and engaged. They stumble across each other 5 years after their relationship ended and very quickly discover their feelings have yet to subside.
Building on the success of the MonologueSlam UK initiative for actors, WriterSlam UK is an initiative to help TV production companies and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds and support them in their career development, providing tangible outcomes for participants with a structured and accessible programme over 2015.
The second WriterSlam will take place on 19th November at Theatre Royal Stratford East and is supported by Creative Skillset, Tiger Aspect, ITV, ITV Studios, BBC and Hat Trick. You might have literary representation, you might not. You might have written for theatre, or for short film, in your bedroom, or even just in your own head. ANYONE can enter.
Raindance Film Festival has unveiled its highly anticipated programme for its 23rd Film Festival, with international and UK premiere feature length films, shorts and documentaries from 48 countries. Raindance, which takes place in London at Vue Piccadilly between23rd September – 4th October, is Europe’s largest independent film festival and will this year play host to 90 feature length films, almost 200 shorts and 30 industry events.
The festival opens with the World Premiere of American spy thriller, Newcomer, starring BIFA winner James Floyd and Anthony LaPaglia, followed by an opening night gala at Cafe de Paris with performances from Little Barrie and DJ Tronik Youth.
Raindance’s prestigious international programme this year includes the World Premiere of Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, an intimate portrait of the poet-musician and rock star, the UK premiere of Mexican film, Alice in Marialand, starring new Bond girl Stephanie Sigman and a host of exciting work from new British filmmaking talent.
This week, SceneTV attended the London premiere of the fourth series of MTV's Shuga.
Shuga is an award-winning TV series from MTV's Staying Alvie Foundation that fuses sexual-health messaging with gripping storylines, exploring the issues of sexual relationships between young people in Africa in particular. Series 1 and 2 were launched in Kenya in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
The third series was set in Nigeria and first aired on Dec 1, 2013 (World AIDS Day) and has aired on 87 broadcasters worldwide, with a potential global reach of over 500 million viewers. It’s been viewed in countries such as: Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, US, Australia, Canada, South Africa, UK, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Zambia and Qatar.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has been selected by the San Diego Film Festival as the recipient of its Rising Star Award. He will be presented the trophy at Variety‘s Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in La Jolla, along with previously announced recipients Adrien Brody, Geena Davis and Brit Marling.
Now in its 14th year, the San Diego Film Festival will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.
Boyega will also star in James Pondsoldt’s The Circle opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. He also appeared in Imperial Dreams and Attack the Block.
Boyega is repped by WME, U.K. agency Identity Agency Group, and Hansen Jacobson & Teller.
The chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White, has said broadcasters have to do more to represent the diverse nature of Britain today and not the country of “20, 30, or 40 years ago”.
White said reflecting the nation back to itself was important for the UK’s cultural wellbeing and part of a “compact” between broadcasters and the public. The lack of diversity both on and behind the screen of UK broadcasters has been the focus of campaigners including actor and writer Lenny Henry, with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky pledging to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.
White said it was really important that society is reflected back in the programming.
‘Adam & Eve’ is a London based, modern adaptation of the first love story found in the biblical Book of Genesis. Set in a time where the concept of an apple has evolved from fruit to technology, the temptation in the hand of the beholder remains the same. With one simple bite, we witness young love deflate to lust, the fall of man, the beginning of the end.
‘Adam & Eve’ is written and directed by Oliver Greaves and co-produced by Jeffrey Boateng & Natasha Rosetta Joseph under their collaborative production umbrella of Visions Inc.