THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT

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HH client GEORGIE HENLEY has been causing quite a stir and receiving some excellent critic, industry and audience reviews this month for her stunning performance in The Sisterhood Of Night, a new independent feature from debut director Caryn Waechter.

The film follows the aftermath of a teenage girl claiming to be the victim of a secret sisterhood as a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial. A “self-styled ‘The Crucible’ for the cyberbullying era” (Variety) based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, The Sisterhood of Night chronicles a group of girls’ provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence, along the way revealing the tragedy and humor of teenage years changed forever by the Internet age.

GEORGIE plays lead role Mary Warren, a strong-willed, mischief-minded high schooler who instigates the sisterhood. Variety magazine has praised both the film and GEORGIE‘s performance, stating: “But the one who really holds your attention is Henley, the remarkable 19-year-old British actress who made her big screen debut 10 years ago as Lucy Pevensie in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series; adorably earnest as she was then, she’s a quietly bewitching presence here, a performer who truly does seem to warrant her own cult-like following.” Check out the full review here.

The Sisterhood Of Night will be released in cinemas and VOD soon – watch this space! And in the meantime, check out the trailer below. Go GEORGIE!

Paterson’s SAFE HOUSE

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Safe House is a brand new four-part drama for ITV, starring PATERSON JOSEPH. It tells the story of a married couple, former detective Robert (played by Christopher Eccleston) and teacher Katy (Marsha Thomason), who are asked by close friend and police officer Mark (PATERSON), to turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House.

Their first ‘guests’ are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked by someone who claims to know them. But protecting the family brings back awful memories for Robert, concerning something that happened eighteen months ago…

Safe House is an exciting, atmospheric thriller and Episode One will air on Monday 20th April at 9pm on ITV. Check out the trailer below:

Manjinder, Midsomer & Murder

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HH client MANJINDER VIRK will be joining ITV’s long-running, beloved murder mystery series Midsomer Murders as a new series regular. She will play pathologist Dr Kam Karimore in the show, which will return to ITV next year.

MANJINDER will star alongside Neil Dudgeon and fellow HH client and current series regular GWILYM LEE, who will return in his role as sidekick DS Charlie Nelson.

Midsomer Murders began on ITV in 1997 and has become a staple of British television, watched by more than 6 million viewers a week and proving one of the ITV’s most enduring and successful dramas. Filming is already underway on a new six-part series – the 18th installment! – which will feature storylines including bodysnatching, competitive cycling and the sighting of UFOs over Midsomer.

MANJINDER‘s new recurring character will join the investigative duo as the three of them tackle intricate murder mysteries in the beautiful but deadly countryside of Midsomer. We’ll let you know when the new series will be airing, as soon as the date is set.

Sophie’s THE STRANGER ON THE BRIDGE

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The Stranger On The Bridge is an emotional and moving documentary narrated by SOPHIE OKONEDO, airing on Monday 4th May at 9pm on Channel 4.

It tells the true story of 26-year-old Jonny Benjamin who, following his diagnosis of schizophrenic affective disorder, found himself on the verge of taking his own life on Waterloo Bridge in 2008, when a stranger stopped him and talked him down. Jonny never saw the stranger again, with no chance to thank the Good Samaritan for his help.

Exactly six years after the incident, the film follows Jonny’s emotional journey and online campaign to find the stranger, who he nicknamed ‘Mike’, in order to thank him for saving his life. Soon, #FindMike was trending worldwide on social media, and the ‘Finding Mike’ campaign, in collaboration with the charity Rethink Mental Illness, was boosted by TV, radio and newspaper interviews. When Neil Laybourn’s fiancé alerted him to Jonny’s campaign, he knew immediately that he was the passer-by Jonny was looking for, and the two men finally became reunited.

This inspiring story and documentary shows how the simple act of listening can be a huge support to someone struggling with their mental health and we can all learn from its uplifting message. Tune in on 4th May!

BAFTA Baynton!

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Huge congratulations to MATHEW BAYNTON, who has been nominated this week for another BAFTA Award!

Last week, he received the nomination for the 2015 BAFTA Television Craft Award in the Writer: Comedy category, for the The Wrong Mans Series 2. This week, he has received a BAFTA Television Award nomination in the Scripted Comedy in 2015 category, for the same show.

MATHEW has received these nominations for the hilarious scripts he penned, along with his co-star and writing partner James Corden, for the second series of the hit television show, which has been hugely successful both in the UK and internationally, having received numerous award wins and nominations for its first series. Last year, MATHEW was nominated for the same BAFTA Craft Award for Series 1 of The Wrong Mans, for which he also received a 2014 BAFTA Television Award nomination for ‘Best Male Performance In A Comedy Programme’.

The 2015 Craft Awards ceremony is to be held on April 26th and hosted by Stephen Mangan; the 2015 House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards ceremony will take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on May 10th, hosted by Graham Norton.

Go MAT!

Carvel As Clegg In COALITION

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Coalition is a brilliant new 90-minute drama written by James Graham and starring HH client BERTIE CARVEL as the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. It airs next Saturday 28th March at 9pm on Channel 4.

Coalition charts Clegg’s rise in popularity ahead of the 2010 General Election and the subsequent forming of a coalition government by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, imagining what happened in the corridors of Wesminster in the days following the election and telling the story of Clegg’s astonishing rise from rank outsider to the heart of government. The drama, which has already received excellent reviews in The Guardian and The Independent (5*), also stars Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Ian Grieve as Gordon Brown and Mark Gatiss as Labour Party politician Peter Mandelson.

Talking to journalists after a screening, BERTIE described Coalition as “meticulously researched”, saying that whilst a lot of the dialogue is imagined, “in terms of events, they’re chronicled – a lot of them are in the public domain.” On being asked how it felt to play the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, BERTIE went on to explain how it was initially “daunting…playing people who are so high-profile…but the minute you divest yourself of that daunting responsibility and just try to serve the play that James has written…we just made it our own.”

Be sure not miss this excellent Channel 4 drama, which is bound to get the nation talking as we build up to the May 2015 General Election. Check out the extended trailer below to get a taste of what’s to come and to see BERTIE in action:

2015 Pilots: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

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As pilot season continues over in the States, we can now reveal our fourth HH client to land a lead/recurring role in a new drama pilot is NIGEL LINDSAY.

NIGEL will star in The Devil You Know, co-written by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller. Described as a provocative period drama, The Devil You Know explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history — the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, where intolerance and repression set neighbour against neighbour and led a town to mass hysteria.

The show will be brutal, multi-layered, often shocking with a wealth of fantastically drawn characters. Starring alongside Eddie Izzard, NIGEL is on board to play Dr. William Griggs, the local doctor, a man of science and reason; extremely likable and described by townsfolk as an “exuberant bear of a man!”

Production on the pilot — a co-production between HBO and Lionsgate TV — has just commenced in Boston, Massachusetts and is being directed by the legendary Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Elephant, Milk). Congrats NIGEL!

(Check out our previous blog post “2015 Pilots: First Three HH Leads Announced” to see which other clients are currently shooting for pilot season).

Sinéad Wins Manchester Theatre Award

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Huge congrats go to SINÉAD MATTHEWS who this week won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Studio Performance, for her stunning portrayal of ‘Pink’ in the Lucy Morrison-directed Pests at the Royal Exchange Studio.

Pests told the story of Pink and Rolly; two sisters from the same nest, both trapped in a tiny, rotting world, both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them, with one wanting out and the other needing her in. The show played in Manchester back in March 2014 before coming into London’s Royal Court Theatre in May and touring the UK during the summer. This is a very well-deserved win for SINÉAD, who was brilliant in the production. Go SINÉAD!

Susanne’s Soulful SHAMAN Short

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Futuristic and epic short film The Shaman, starring SUSANNE WUEST, will receive its world premier at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Written and directed by Marco Kalantari, The Shaman is a hugely ambitious and masterfully executed short with all the scope and scale of a big budget blockbuster. With an international crew of artists from places like Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, France, Serbia, Malaysia, UK, Iceland, Germany and Austria (where it was shot), the story is set in the war-riddled future of 2204 where people rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of the machines. These Shamans are experts in all aspects of the “unseen” and the “beyond”. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find any being’s soul and interact with it, making him a deadly and highly effective weapon. They track and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines in a psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else.

SUSANNE stars as The Soul of the Colossus in the film, which will screen in the ‘Interference’ category at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, running April 15-26 at venues across downtown Manhattan.

Have a read of this great review from Cosmicgrinder, which describes The Shaman as “bursting with originality and fierce energy that grabs you from the start…[it] packs quite a punch…the special effects are first-rate” and calls the scene between the Shaman and SUSANNE‘s Soul of the Colossus “brilliant”. You can watch the epic trailer below:

ORDINARY LIES With Edward & Manjinder

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Ordinary Lies is a compelling new six-part British drama for BBC 1 about how a simple lie can spiral out of control, and stars HH clients MANJINDER VIRK and EDWARD MACLIAM.

With tragedy, warmth and humour, each episode focuses on one of the colleagues and friends of car showroom JS Motors. From party-loving receptionists to enigmatic salesmen, each new and individual story questions just how well we know the people we work with.

The show opens with the story of family man and salesman Marty McLean. Stuck in a rut both at home and at work and having receiving his final warning for being late, he knows the pressure is on. When another heavy night of drinking leads to him sleeping through his alarm, Marty calls work and, in a panicked attempt to save his job, tells the drastic lie that his wife, Katrina, has tragically died. As his colleagues rally round to help the apparently grieving widower, his lie quickly unravels…

MANJINDER stars as Marianne Morton and EDWARD plays Niall. Ordinary Lies also stars Jason Manford, Max Beesley, Jo Joyner, Rebecca Callard, Sally Lindsay and Mackenzie Crook.

Episode 1 will premiere next Tuesday 17th March at 9pm on BBC1 and will continue weekly on Tuesday nights. Check out the official trailer below:

2015 Pilots: First Three HH Leads Announced

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The annual ‘Pilot Season’ has been underway again since January, with all major U.S. television networks preparing to shoot their next potential hit shows for the coming year. Huge congratulations go to TOM ELLIS, JACK DAVENPORT and BEN ALDRIDGE, our first three clients to land major leading roles in some of the networks’ biggest productions.

TOM ELLIS has been cast as the title character in Fox’s comic book drama Lucifer, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman for Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Based on the characters from DC Entertainment’s “Vertigo”, the TV series centres on Lucifer (TOM) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.

JACK DAVENPORT will star as the male lead opposite outrageous U.S. comic Sarah Silverman in HBO’s as-yet-untitled comedy pilot, written by “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl” creator Lucy Prebble. Directed by Charlie McDowell, the project is described as a comic look at Jude (Silverman), a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis. JACK plays Blake, a broken Brit and eventual boyfriend who gets caught up in his own virtual reality in Seattle. Kerri Kenney will play Melissa, Jude’s older sister who is proudly holding the family together, with no idea her home is built on lies.

BEN ALDRIDGE has landed the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centres on Michael Sturges (BEN), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Joey Morgan is cast as Walter, Michael’s sweet-natured, brilliant but socially anxious/awkward college roommate. The pilot is written by “Psych” creator Steve Franks and directed by Jeremy Garelick.

Big congrats to all three!

We have many more clients shooting U.S. pilots this year, but details of their shows and roles have not yet been officially announced. We’ll bring you all the info here, just as soon as we’re allowed…

Paul McGann’s Super-Powered Owls!

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Next week sees the television premiere of captivating documentary Natural World: Super-Powered Owls, narrated by PAUL McGANN.

With their charismatic faces and extraordinary head-turning ability, owls are one of the nation’s best-loved birds, but it is rare to catch more than a glimpse of one in the wild. With the help of leading scientists and some bewitching slow-motion footage of nature’s ruthlessly efficient airborne killing machines, the programme follows the progress of irresistibly cute newly born barn owl siblings Luna and Lily. But once we get past the cute stage however, experts show us how and why these owls hunt at night, explain the secrets of their acute hearing and reveal, in incredible detail, their turbulence-free flight as they grow to become dive-bombing hunters.

The show airs on Tuesday 3rd March on BBC TWO at 8pm. Check out the two previews below:


Edward Hogg’s THE PHONE CALL Wins Oscar!

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Huge congratulations go to EDWARD HOGG this week as the short film The Phone Call, in which he stars, won the Oscar for Best Short Film – Live Action on Sunday night at the 87th Academy Awards.

Director/writer Mat Kirkby and producer/writer James Lucas’ film tells the story of Heather (played by Sally Hawkins) who, working for a crisis centre phone help line, receives a call from a suicidal older man called Stan (voiced by Jim Broadbent). It is an encounter that will forever change the lives of all of those involved in the call. EDWARD stars as phone operator Daniel and Prunella Scales appears as Joan.

In addition to this week’s Oscars glory, The Phone Call has won numerous prestigious international awards, including the Tribcea Film Festival (Best Narrative Short), the Dresden Film Festival (Audience Award), the Krakow Film Festival (Best Fiction Film Award) and the Aspen Shortfest (Audience Award). For more information on the film, visit its official website. Check out the trailer below.

You can currently see EDWARD starring in Channel 4’s epic 10-part drama Indian Summers on Sunday nights at 9pm.

Tilda Transforms In TRAINWRECK Trailers

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The first two trailers are finally here for the highly anticipated new Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck, starring TILDA SWINTON. And it looks hilarious! Check them out below.

The American comedy, directed by Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, stars Schumer as a commitment-phobic career woman who, having thought that monogamy was never possible, may finally have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. TILDA stars as Dianna, Schumer’s direct and outspoken magazine boss in yet another fabulous career transformation, sporting long blonde hair and a hilarious London accent. Check her out in the trailers as she gives one of her employees the crucial journalistic task of “investigating” whether garlic changes the taste of semen!

We can’t wait for this film to arrive, currently scheduled for an August 28th UK cinema release.

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Navin Stars In Tricycle’s MULTITUDES

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Multitudes is the brand new debut play by John Hollingworth, now showing at London’s Tricycle Theatre and starring HH client NAVIN CHOWDHRY.

‘This whole multicultural happy-clappy hippie-dippie love-in is a fantasy.’

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Multitudes is set in Bradford on the eve of a Conservative Party Conference and explores the journey of conversion and British perceptions of Islam.

The country is in turmoil and one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister. Kash, a liberal British Muslim (played by NAVIN), prepares his address to politicians about the state of the nation. His girlfriend Natalie, a recent convert to Islam, cooks for anti-war protesters gathered at the Town Hall. Lyn, her mother, moans to anyone who’ll listen about the decline of her cherished England. It’s all too much for Kash’s daughter Khadira, who begins to plan a radical intervention. As the nation questions immigration policies and military support in the Middle East, one family face their own internal conflict of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British.

Multitudes opens today at the Tricycle Theatre and runs until Saturday 21st March. Get your tickets here! You can have a read of the great write up on the show in this week’s Guardian here, and check out the trailer below:

Stuart’s COACH Wins Berlinale Prize

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Big congrats go to STUART McQUARRIE and the team behind short film Coach, which won the Special Prize from the Generation 14+ International Jury at this year’s 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

Produced by Fluxus Films and directed by Ben Adler, Coach tells the story of divorced father Nigel (played by STUART) who takes his son to France for a football game. When the car breaks down, they have no choice but to accept a ride from a bus of traveling England fans. Here, Nigel will find his authority questioned, as the loyalty of his son transfers to the charismatic leader of the fans.

According to the festival’s jury, the film won the award “for its tonal mastery in portraying the casual brutality of male relationships, a nuanced script and pitch perfect performances, culminating powerfully in a moment of insight for its teenage protagonist…a film which surprised and captivated us.”

Congrats STUART!

Emma Thompson Turns Bill Bailey Upside Down

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For a one-off Valentine’s Day special, Bill Bailey has re-imagined one of his most popular songs in a spoof music video, starring EMMA THOMPSON.

Poking fun at the earnestness of romantic rock, ‘Love Song’ recounts how a solitary, obsessive loner’s life is turned upside down by a beautiful, mysterious woman, played by EMMA

The full video is viewable exclusively on BBC iPlayer until 13th March. Check out the teaser preview below and watch the full video on iPlayer here.

Mark Rylance On The South Bank Show

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Prestigious arts documentary strand The South Bank Show returns to our television screens next week and the first episode sees Melvyn Bragg meeting HH client MARK RYLANCE. The Olivier, Tony and Bafta award-winning actor, director and playwright reflects on a career in which he has starred in films including Prospero’s Books, The Other Boleyn Girl and Intimacy, as well as being the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank. Tune in next Tuesday 24th February at 9pm on Sky Arts 1.

MARK can currently be seen starring in BBC2’s Wolf Hall and in the upcoming feature film The Gunman, opposite Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem.

Taking Civil Rights Fight To The Acting Profession

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Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed, multi award-winning feature film Selma is currently screening in cinemas around the world, starring DAVID OYELOWO in his masterful performance as African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. Whilst promoting the film, DAVID has himself become a leading voice in the fight for racial equality in the acting profession – an issue which he has been speaking out on passionately since the early 2000s in an attempt to change the outdated casting attitudes of British TV and the voting habits on the Oscar ballots.

In an amazing article in this week’s The Guardian, Mark Lawson profiles DAVID’s remarkable career to date, describing how he was an early advocate for racial equality in both stage and screen – an ongoing issue that is still as relevant today as ever. Read the opening paragraph below and check out the full article on The Guardian website here. Go David!

“There’s a theatrical anecdote in which the wife of a leading performer advises a friend: “I wouldn’t come round for lunch on Sunday if I were you. He’s playing Stalin at the moment.” In a more benevolent example of the phenomenon of actors overlapping with their characters, David Oyelowo, while promoting his role as the African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King in the movie Selma, has become a leader of the fight for racial equality in his own profession. He complained that British TV’s lack of interest in telling “black stories” had forced him to work in America, while not sparing his adopted culture either, acknowledging “hurt” at the lack of recognition from the predominantly white Oscar voters for Selma, including his own omission, despite adulatory reviews, from the 2015 Best Actor shortlist…[Continued…]”

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Manjinder In MIDWIFE Crisis

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MANJINDER VIRK will be starring in a guest lead role in the fifth episode of the hugely popular Call The Midwife this Sunday, 15th February, at 8pm on BBC1.

This fourth series of the hit television show, which also stars PAM FERRIS as series regular Sister Evangelina, has already seen many new character developments and exciting storylines incorporating various different UK communities. In Sunday’s episode, MANJINDER stars as Ameera Khatun; a pregnant, non-English speaking Sylheti (Bangladeshi) woman with whom the midwives must try to communicate via her young, English-speaking son – a process which brings with it a whole new set of problems for the sisters.

Bu sure to tune in and watch the drama unfold!

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