Sennia Nanua Is THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

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The Girl With All The Gifts – the eagerly-awaited big screen adaptation of M.R. Carey’s bestselling novel of the same name – is released in UK cinemas this week, starring our client, the wonderful SENNIA NANUA, in the titular role, opposite Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

One of the most fascinating sci-fi horror stories of recent years, The Girl With All The Gifts is an original and compelling tale that gives a completely fresh take on the ‘zombie’ genre. It follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite having a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie (played by SENNIA) seems to be the key to finding a cure.

The film opens in UK cinemas this week on Friday 23 September – go see the brilliant SENNIA in her big-screen debut! Here’s the trailer:

Aaron’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Is A Smash!

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The reviews are in for writer/director Tom Ford’s new film Nocturnal Animals, starring our wonderful AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON – and by all accounts, it’s an absolute smash!

Having won the Silver Lion award at last week’s Venice Film Festival, Ford’s second film (his follow up to 2009’s A Single Man) looks set to take the world by storm, receiving rave reviews across the board, especially for AARON and his incredible performance.

Nocturnal Animals is a dark psychological thriller adapted (by Ford himself) from late American novelist Austin Wright’s 1993 book Tony and Susan. It tells the story of an art gallery owner (played by Amy Adams) haunted by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal)’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat against her and a symbolic revenge tale. Adams and Gyllenhaal play dual roles as the once-married couple and as the protagonists in the novel-within-the-film, from which the film takes its name. Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher and Laura Linney also star.

AARON plays terrifying bad guy Ray, the leader of a gang hired to initiate the vengeful kidnapping. Have a read below of all the wonderful praise being afforded to AARON on the strength of his performance in the film. Go AARON!

“The real standout is Taylor-Johnson, so effectively creepy as the ringleader of the novel’s miscreants…his unsettling charismatic turn here heralds a career turning point.”
– Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

“Ford’s most precious collaborator is Taylor-Johnson, who gives this movie a jolt of wild-eyed unpredictability.”
– Jeff Sneider, Mashable

“The leader of the gang is Ray, played in long black sideburns by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who gives this taunting sociopath a strange kind of depth”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“…director Tom Ford pulled off a casting coup by turning [Aaron] into a bad guy. With a Texas drawl and goatee, he’s unrecognizable…It’s thrilling, and terrifying, to watch Taylor-Johnson’s descent into the dark side.”
– Ramin Setoodeh, Variety

“Two best things about ‘Nocturnal Animals:’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson (yes!) and a bewigged Laura Linney as Amy Adams’s Texas socialite mom.”
– Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“In the role of the villain, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is spellbinding…[he] crafts one of the year’s most frightening villains. His best work comes when pitted against Gyllenhaal, whose devastation expertly contrasts with Taylor-Johnson’s sense of devilish control.”
– Matt Hoffman, Film School Rejects

Nocturnal Animals will be released in UK cinemas on November 4 2016. Here’s the trailer:

Two Big New Dramas Starting Next Week

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Next week sees the premiere of two big UK television drama series, each starring two HH clients.

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First up is National Treasure, starring NADINE MARSHALL and featuring BEN LLOYD-HUGHES in a guest role.

The 4-part Channel 4 miniseries examines the impact, both public and private, of accusations of historic sexual offences against fictional, much-loved public figure Paul Finchley (played by Robbie Coltrane). The series is a timely exploration of truth, memory, trust and family. As the investigation and criminal trial work their way towards a verdict, those closest to Paul – including his wife Marie, played by Julie Walters – must deal with the effects of the investigation. Memories that have become muddied in the intervening four decades are dredged, doubts flourish, loyalties are tested, and truths, half-truths and lies are all exposed.

NADINE stars throughout the series as DI Palmer, the perceptive expert interrogator who leads the case against Paul; BEN plays a television executive in the opening episode.

Tune in for the premiere on Tuesday 20th September, 9pm on Channel 4. Continues weekly on Tuesdays. Here’s the trailer:

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Next Thursday sees the premiere of ITV’s new 8-part thriller Paranoid, starring POLLY WALKER and WILLIAM ASH.

A dark and exciting conspiracy thriller, Paranoid tells the story of a female GP who is murdered in a rural children’s playground with an abundance of eyewitnesses. A group of detectives embarks on what seems to be a straightforward murder investigation, but as they delve deeper into the case they are quickly drawn into the twists and turns of an ever-darkening mystery, which takes them unexpectedly across Europe.

POLLY stars as the interfering mother of one of the detectives and WILLIAM plays the intervening brother of the suspected killer.

Tune in for the premiere on Thursday 22nd September, 9pm on ITV. Continues weekly on Thursdays. Here’s the trailer:

LUCIFER 2: Tom Returns From Hell!

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Hit FOX drama Lucifer – starring our very own TOM ELLIS in the devilish titular role – is returning next week for its second season, premiering on Monday September 19th on FOX (US) and Tuesday September 20th on Amazon Prime Video (UK).

In Season Two, TOM‘s Lucifer and his brother Amenadiel (DB Woodside), who have been sparring over Lucifer’s resistance to returning to the underworld, will now be brought back together for one common goal – to find their mother, Charlotte, who escaped Hell. After all, Lucifer doesn’t take after his dad, so the parent he does resemble is sure to be quite terrifying.

Lucifer’s work with the LAPD also is upended when the police force hires Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), a smart, tough forensic scientist whose mutual belief in both faith and science proves a point of interest to Lucifer.

With mom on the loose, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), who has become not only a therapist but also a confidante to Lucifer, will surely have a lot of advice to dole out. And, by the time she’s done with them, she may need a therapist of her own!

Just like the previous season, Lucifer will premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on Tuesday September 20th, less than 24 hours after it airs in the US. The second episode will then be made available on Tuesday October 4th, with subsequent episodes uploaded every Tuesday (in line with breaks and hiatuses in the US) to UK Amazon Prime subscribers.

Trailer below. Time to get excited!

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Ben Aldridge Returns In OUR GIRL 2

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BEN ALDRIDGE is back on our television screens again for the new five-part series of BBC One’s Our Girl.

Things are a little different for the second series; the setting has switched from Afghanistan to Kenya and the story has switched to focus on a new gutsy, passionate army medic – Georgie Lane – played by Michelle Keegan. But BEN‘s Captain James returns to lead a brand new mission.

Last time, he met and fell for army medic Molly Dawes while on tour in Afghanistan but found himself in a love triangle. He suffered some nasty injuries in a mission gone wrong but he won the girl. Now James is back leading a platoon – that includes Georgie – in Kenya.

He’s joined by the likes of Luke Pasqualino as Elvis, Anna Tenta as Kicki and Jayson Raynott as Al-Shabaab terorrist Abu.

Tune in every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One. If you’ve missed the first two episodes, catch up on iPlayer now. Here’s the trailer:

Rave Reviews for Ben Daniels’ THE EXORCIST

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In just over a week, the first episode of the highly-anticipated television remake of classic horror film The Exorcist will premiere on US channel FOX, starring HH client BEN DANIELS in the titular role. And very excitingly, the first reviews are glowing and full of praise for BEN and the show as a whole.

The Exorcist offers a modern reinvention of the classic horror franchise inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made. Returning now in series format, the show is written by Jeremy Slater, directed by Rupert Wyatt and is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Alfonso Herrera stars as Father Tomas Ortega – the warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church; BEN stars as Father Marcus Lang – an intense ‘holy warrior’ carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public; and Geena Davis plays Angela Rance, the tormented mother of a possessed young girl.

According to this fantastic Variety review, the drama “does a truly impressive job” and the pilot episode gives “an exceptionally effective starting point” full of “meticulous choices [that] reinforce a quiet yet palpable sense of dread and foreboding”.

BEN receives similar praise: “The Exorcist needs actors who can easily transition between operatic scenarios and quieter moments of resignation and fear, and Daniels’ nimbleness in this regard is exceptional”. The review goes on to celebrate “his charisma and finely calibrated range”, naming BEN and co-star Geena Davis as “two very strong foundations”. Read the full review here.

Fansided.com has also given a glowing review of BEN‘s work in the show, explaining why “his performance is going to make you a believer” and how he “has an ability to take control of every single project in which he appears…he doesn’t just sink his teeth into roles; he tears them apart.” Check out the full article here.

If you’re in America, tune in to FOX next Friday September 23 for the premiere. Until then, check out the trailer below (and prepare yourself for shivers as Mike Oldfield’s eery classic Tubular Bells – the theme from the original 1973 movie – kicks in at the end!)

MORGAN – Unleashed September 2

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The mysterious, eagerly awaited science fiction thriller Morgan will finally be unleashed into UK cinemas next week, starring our brilliant ROSE LESLIE.

The film tells the story of a young “girl” called Morgan, created and raised in a laboratory environment by a group of scientists (which includes Dr Amy Menser, played by ROSE). Defying nature with her super-human qualities, Morgan is walking and talking within one month and self-sufficient after just six, exceeding the expectations of her creators. After she has a “tantrum” in which she viciously attacks and injures one of the scientists, corporate troubleshooter Lee Weathers (played by Kate Mara) is called in to make the ultimate choice of letting Morgan live or terminating her before she causes any more havoc and escapes into the outside world.

ROSE stars opposite a large ensemble cast that also includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti. The film is produced by 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, and directed by Scott’s son Luke Scott.

Make sure you see Morgan on the big screen from Friday September 2. Here’s the trailer:

VICTORIA – Starts Sunday

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ITV’s brand new, lavish period drama Victoria – starring NIGEL LINDSAY – premieres this Sunday 28 August at 9pm on ITV1 with a feature-length first episode.

Written by Daisy Goodwin and produced by Mammoth Screen, the 8-part series portrays the opulence of the Royal Family in the 1800s and chronicles the reign of Queen Victoria, beginning with the moment of the 18-year-old Queen’s accession in 1837 and following her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager with a weak grasp on her duties and responsibilities to burgeoning monarch, and her marriage to Albert.

NIGEL stars in the series as Tory leader Sir Robert Peel, loathed by Victoria from their first encounter.

Tune in on Sunday for what is set to be one of the UK’s most talked about shows of the year! Here’s the trailer:

STRIFE’s A Smash!

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BERTIE CARVEL‘s directorial debut Strife is a smash! Now showing at Chichester Festival Theatre, the play is receiving great reviews and praise, both for the production and for BERTIE‘s excellent directing.

John Galsworthy’s political play, set in 1909 in a South Wales tinplate works, has been described in a four-star Guardian review as being “as relevant and vivid as anything we have today”. Read the full review here.

You can also have a read of BERTIE‘s insightful interview with WhatsOnStage.com about his decision to step into this new role, why he chose this particular play and how he’s found the process so far.

Strife is playing at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre until 10th September. Get your tickets here.

First Teaser Trailer For Hugh’s CHANCE

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The first teaser trailer is out for Hulu’s latest original series, Chance, starring the inimitable HUGH LAURIE in the titular role. Watch it below.

Chance is a provocative, psychological thriller based on the acclaimed novel by Kem Nunn. It focuses on Eldon Chance (HUGH), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance descends into the city’s wayward underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and tribulations of his teenage daughter.

Chance will premiere on Hulu in the USA on Wednesday 19 October. Check out the trailer:

Will To Star In Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Movie

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We’re thrilled to finally announce that our wonderful WILL POULTER has been cast to star opposite Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor and John Boyega in Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.

Bigelow’s currently untitled crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is yet attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots. Character descriptions are being kept under wraps at present but we can confirm that WILL is playing one of the leading roles.

Go WILL! More info soon…

Bronagh Gallagher At London’s The Lexington

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Our supremely talented soulful songbird, the one-and-only BRONAGH GALLAGHER, will be playing an exclusive gig at London’s The Lexington club on Monday 12th September to promote her outstanding new album Gather Your Greatness.

Having been writing and recording with her band for the last two and a half years in-between a successful film and television career, BRONAGH released her third full-length studio album on May 27th…and it’s absolutely stunning! Staying true to her winning formula of beautiful soul and rock ’n’ roll, BRONAGH has collaborated with long-time friend, co-producer & guitar player Conor Brady, along with pianist & composer Cian Boylan (who composed the string and brass sections) on this soaring and uplifting collection of songs.

Don’t miss BRONAGH performing these new songs live in London on Monday 12th September. Get your tickets from her official website quick before they all sell out!

In the meantime, you can check out the album’s first single Crimes and a live rendition of album track Hand On My Heart below.

Gather Your Greatness is available now at following links:
Official Store | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | Google Play | HMV

For more info, check out Bronagh’s official pages: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Bertie Carvel Directs STRIFE (WhatsOnStage Interview)

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Set to make his directorial debut with John Galsworthy’s play Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre in August, our wonderful BERTIE CARVEL has given an insightful interview to WhatsOnStage.com about his decision to step into this new role, why he chose this particular play and how he’s found the process so far. Read the full interview here.

Strife is set in 1909 in a South Wales tinplate works where men are on strike and the community is close to breaking point. Although the men have stood firm behind their firebrand leader, the union has withdrawn its support and it is only a matter of time before the men do too.

More than a hundred years after it was first performed, Galsworthy’s rarely staged play offers a strikingly balanced account of the political spectrum and speaks with directness to our present moment – something which BERTIE discusses in more detail in the interview.

Strife opens at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre on 12th August and runs until 10th September. Get your tickets here.

Craig’s HOLDING THE MAN Comes To Netflix

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Critically acclaimed 2015 Australian feature film Holding The Man, starring HH client CRAIG STOTT, will be released on Netflix worldwide from 1st August 2016.

Writer Tommy Murphy’s adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s internationally best-selling memoir of the same name, Holding The Man is the sweeping love story of two high school boys, one the hunky captain of the football team (played by CRAIG) and the other a sensitive drama student. After a sweet courtship, the two fall madly in love and traverse a rollercoaster romance and enduring relationship over 15 years and through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

The film garnered six AACTA Award nominations, is directed by Neil Armfield and also stars Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia.

Holding The Man is an inspirational true story that captures the beauty and heartbreak of the best romances of our time. Look out for it on Netflix from August 1st!

Mark Rylance is THE BFG – Released Tomorrow!

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Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) will open in UK cinemas tomorrow, starring our amazing MARK RYLANCE as the titular character.

Fresh from his Academy Award win for his spellbinding performance in Spielberg’s previous film Bridge Of SpiesMARK looks and sounds absolutely fantastic as the loveable, titular giant in this massive visual spectacular. Just like the book, the film is magical, emotional, terrifying and heaps of fun! It tells the story of Sophie, a young orphan girl who, after spotting an elderly giant outside her window late one evening, is captured and taken into Giant Country, where the adventure begins.

The BFG also stars Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Rafe Spall and Jemaine Clement, with a script by the late Melissa Mathison.

Go see the giant spectacle on the big screen this weekend! Here’s the trailer:

Ben Stars In BBC3’s FLEABAG

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Fleabag is a new feminist comedy-drama for BBC Three, starring Olivia Colman and our very own BEN ALDRIDGE.

The sexually explicit, six-part comedy series is based on the acclaimed 2013 Olivier Award-nominated monologue of the same name by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also takes the title role in the television adaptation. The character of Fleabag is described as a ‘dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy… sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help her, and keeping up her bravado throughout’.

Fleabag is an unflinching, clever look at tricky youth, terrible sex and self-destruction, which the Radio Times has described as “wonderful…[it] deserves some awards for its unusual, clever and brave depiction of a female world in disarray.”

BEN stars as the amusingly named ‘Arsehole Guy’. You’ll know why after the show’s opening scene!

Fleabag premiered today on BBC Three online; head to iPlayer now to watch Episode 1. New episodes will be uploaded weekly, every Thursday.

A UNITED KINGDOM To Open London Film Festival

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Upcoming feature film A United Kingdom, starring DAVID OYELOWO, will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October.

The third film from BAFTA-winning director Amma Asante, A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (played by DAVID) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The film is testament to a defiant and enduring love story and celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression.

The LFF gala screening, which will be the film’s European premiere, will open the festival on October 5th and there will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings in movie theatres across the UK. The film’s screenplay is penned by Guy Hibbert, based on the book Color Bar by Susan Williams, and HH clients JACK DAVENPORT and JESSICA OYELOWO also star.

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 5-16. The full program will be announced in September.

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Trailer

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The trailer has finally arrived for the big screen adaptation of M.R. Carey’s bestselling novel The Girl With All The Gifts, one of the most fascinating sci-fi horror stories of recent years. The film stars our client – the wonderful SENNIA NANUA – in the lead role opposite Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

The Girl With All The Gifts is an original and compelling tale that gives a completely fresh take on the ‘zombie’ genre. It follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite having a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie (played by SENNIA) seems to be the key to finding a cure.

The film opens in UK cinemas on September 23rd. Watch SENNIA in action in the fantastically creepy trailer below:

Hayley Voices Antigone

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HH client HAYLEY ATWELL has lent her voice to a recent Audible production of The Oedpius Plays, in which she plays the timeless role of Antigone in two of Sophocles’ three Theban plays: Oedipus At Colonus and Antigone.

The plays were written around 450 BC and tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate – to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

HAYLEY says: “My background is in classical theatre…When you are part of an acting community as we have been [whilst] recording the Theban plays, you also realize you are part of a tradition that has been passed down — and hopefully we will continue to pass it down to the next generation. It is a way of keeping these texts alive.” In her opinion, Sophocles’ works translate especially well to the audiobook format. “These particular plays… were written to be heard, first and foremost,” she says. “Seeing them was kind of secondary. That’s why [they’re] so wordy — nothing very visual happens!”

Listen to HAYLEY‘s Antigone in the exclusive clip below. The audiobook is available now – order your copy at audible.com/Oedpius.

New Trailers: Summer 2016

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After a fantastic start to the year, 2016 just keeps getting better for HH and our clients. Check out the below selection of trailers to get a sneak peek at some of the year’s big upcoming cinema releases, each starring one or more of our clients. We’re sure you’ll agree, there’s a lot to get excited about. Enjoy!

The Infiltrator
Starring JOSEPH GILGUN
Released in UK cinemas on 15th July 2016


The BFG

Starring MARK RYLANCE
Released in UK cinemas on 22nd July 2016


Morgan

Starring ROSE LESLIE
Released in UK cinemas in September 2016


Queen Of Katwe

Starring DAVID OYELOWO
Released in UK cinemas in September 2016


Bridget Jones’s Baby

Starring SHIRLEY HENDERSONEMMA THOMPSONDEBRA GILLETT and BEN ASHENDEN
Released in UK cinemas on 16th September 2016


Alone In Berlin

Starring EMMA THOMPSON
Released in UK cinemas on 29th September 2016
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Doctor Strange

Starring TILDA SWINTON
Released in UK cinemas on 28th October 2016

And here’s an early TEASER TRAILER for the eagerly-awaited remake of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, starring EMMA THOMPSON and due for release in March 2017: