Goergia is cast!

I’m really pleased to be able to announce that Sophie Platts has been cast as the lead role in my upcoming short film Georgia’s Angel. Sophie is a versatile performer with acting, dancing and singing experience under her belt – quite a lot for a tender sixteen years of age! Having featured in the Yorkshire Young Ballet performance of The Nutcracker in 2006 she won a scholarship to the Northern Ballet Theatre and is currently with ther Yorkshire Young Dancers. She’s featured in a variety of stage performances including classic shows such as Bugsy Malone and Annie. Sophie’s acting experience includes a role in the pilot episode of Switch TV’s The Cut.
Sophie was up against some really tough competition, such that we had to extend our planned audition. She brought a vulnerability and essence to the character that is essential in telling the story and bringing Georgia to life and I’m really pleased to have her in the lead role.
I also want to thank Tavarna Garvey, Kat Mikeljevic, Kirstie Whittimore and Heather Newstead for coming along to audition today as well. Both Rob and I agreed that each girl delivered a performance that was unique and added something to the character that we had not previously seen before. I would single out Heather Newstead for her acting – definitely someone to watch for the future and I hope that we can work together sometime soon.
My appreciation to my producer Rob Yeomans (spelt correctly now, you’ll note!) and also to Wayne Russell who journeyed from Hathersage to be part of the auditions today. And of course to the folks at Sheffield Independent Film.

Thank Heaven!

Off filming in Runcorn tomorrow for the day – a local charity called Thank Heaven are holding their annual talent contest, with guest judges including Gary Barlow’s mother, and they want a DVD producing of the event.  I’ll be using the Z1 as per usual and I think I’m going to try out the Flip Ultra HD for one or two other shots too. The show doesn’t finish until late so I’ll probably stay over. Next update next week, probably mid-week. May put up some storyboards too. Have a good weekend!
STOP PRESS 7.20pm: I’ve just read on the BBC News website that actor and director Lionel Jeffries has passed away.  Very sad to read this, as he was involved is some of the more uplifting British movies of the 1960s and 1970s, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Railway Children. RIP.