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Idris Elba posted an open casting call for his new film and got far more than he bargained for

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in brand PR,Celebrity PR,Consumer PR,Entertainment Brands,Film PR,Stunt Of The Day.


Idris Elba has always used his fame as a platform to raise issues close to him particularly the struggle for equality within the arts and has gone on record many times to voice the hardships many black actors find when trying to break into the industry.

He said back in 2016, “People in the TV world often aren’t the same as people in the real world. And there’s an even bigger gap between people who make TV, and people who watch TV. I should know, I live in the TV world. And although there’s a lot of reality TV, TV hasn’t caught up with reality. Change is coming, but it’s taking its sweet time.”

It appears that change is not coming soon enough for Idris who is now moving into the director’s chair and providing opportunities himself for unseen talent. Over the weekend Idris posted on Instagram with an invitation to an open casting call and a chance to be a paid extra in his new film set within the Afro-Caribbean community in Hackney, 1983.

Even a small part is a start.

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Unfortunately and yet somehow unsurprisingly Idris’ call proved too powerful with over 900 hopefuls turning up in droves for a chance to audition.

With so many arriving it was not long before the police appeared, forcing casting to be shut down.

Idris took to Instagram again to post this message to his fans.


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All is not lost though, as you can still send your head shot and information in to have a chance to shine and who knows where it might lead.

As in the acting world, Elba points out, “Even a small part is a start”. Good luck to you all!

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Never mind the Empire State: Kong is heading towards his latest target, LA!

Posted on March 10th, 2017 in creative publicity,Film PR,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day.

Leading up to the premiere of Kong: Skull Island Grandesign, an experimental agency has created a path of destructive tracks across Los Angeles. The stunt features the notorious and enormous ape’s footprints implanted into the ground. The agency has produced five visually dramatic displays over a period of almost a week.


The first display features the ape’s enormous footprints embedded deep into the sand at Dockweiler Beach, measuring at a staggering 25 feet long by 12 feet across.


On Sunday, Kong travelled to Capital Records to unveil a site of damage and destruction. Cars were crushed and the pavement shattered, by the uncontrollable ape. The team behind the creative stunt placed fog machines in the cars to heighten the effect of horror to the scene.


Microsoft Square was next on Kong’s list. On Monday, the agency used 3D vinyl and chalk to create the illusion of Kong’s hands being forced into the ground. The image was surrounded by broken benches, some snapped in half and others destroyed completely.


On Tuesday, Kong popped by the infamous Hollywood sign. However, the visit featured no glitz or glam but instead mud and dirt. The stunt used sculpted dirt, scenic props and fog machines which were inserted inside the footprints.


The last visit featured Kong making his mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame famously outside the Dolby Theatre where the premiere was held last night.

All featured locations were placed on Waze, a traffic and navigation app. An icon captured, “Kong was here” would pop up on the map as passers-by came into contact with the scenes. Additionally, Kong’s epic prints also showed up on Goggle Earth, during the stunt.

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Posted on February 10th, 2012 in Stunt Of The Day.

A group of Stormtroopers enjoy a preview of the 3D version of The Phantom Menace, at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, which goes on general release tomorrow.

In 2005, a battalion led by Vader attended the UK premiere of Return Of The Sith at The Empire cinema in London.

via: Mail Online

Skins: The Movie

Posted on May 27th, 2010 in Film PR.

London/Isle of Man, Thursday 27 May 2010: Producers Company Pictures and Stormdog Films, feature film financiers and distributors CinemaNX, and Film4 have today announced that they are jointly developing a feature film version of the E4 hit television series, SKINS.


Scripted by SKINS writer Jack Thorne, working closely with SKINS creator Bryan Elsley, the film is scheduled to go into production later this year, and follows four hugely successful seasons on E4. The latest of these has just finished its run, with the highest ratings of any series so far.

Director of Company, Charlie Pattinson, believes that bringing a film version to the big screen is the obvious next step for SKINS – “given the huge amount of support from the ever expanding fan base of the series, we feel that we can go much further and produce yet another unique SKINS experience”, remarked Pattinson.

A number of familiar characters from the four series are expected to feature in the film, which will be directed by long time SKINS director Charles Martin and produced by long time SKINS producer Chris Clough. Shooting in Bristol and the Isle of Man later this year, the film is scheduled for a summer 2011 release.

Company Pictures have a long history of working with both Film4 and CinemaNX individually but this project will be the first collaboration between all three parties.

“The sheer depth in quality that SKINS has delivered over the years makes it perfect for the big screen and we are delighted to be back in business with Company,” said chairman of CinemaNX, Steve Christian.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama, said: “It is very exciting to be migrating across from E4 to Film4, this extraordinarily talented team from SKINS, who have successfully grown such a wonderfully loyal audience over the course of the last four series.

About CinemaNX: CinemaNX is one of Britain’s leading film finance, production and distribution companies. Formed three years ago with backing from the Isle of Man Government, CinemaNX has an exciting slate of films in production and distribution and continues to expand operations by way of strategic partnerships and investment in media assets. NX released Bafta-nominated Me and Orson Welles at the end of 2009 and currently has the critically acclaimed The Disappearance of Alice Creed in cinemas. The next two releases are Oscar-winner Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita and Albatross starring Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond and Felicity Jones. Previous NX productions Heartless starring Jim Sturgess and Wild Target with Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy are also being released in the UK by Lionsgate and Entertainment respectively.

About Film4: Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 is a founding partner of the Warp X digital studio. Film4’s latest releases include Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Xiaolu Guo’s She, A Chinese and Tom Harper’s Scouting Book For Boys. Upcoming launches include Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Peter Mullan’s Neds and Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom. Currently completing post-production are Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go; Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle Of The Ninth and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. Currently in production is Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. For more information visit:

About Company: Company Pictures is one of the UK’s largest independent television drama and film production companies. Established in 1998 television production highlights include Generation Kill, Skins created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, Bafta-winning Shameless, Wild at Heart created by Ashley Pharoah, starring Stephen Tompkinson, Bafta-nominated The Devil’s Whore and The Take starring Brian Cox and Tom Hardy. Company Pictures has made six feature films and is currently producing further series of Wild At Heart, Shameless and Skins. New shows in production include The Silence; a four part serial for BBC1, The Runaway; a second Martina Cole adaptation for SkyOne, a fourth series of Inspector George Gently for BBC1, Women In Love; an adaptation of the D.H.Lawrence novel, The Shadow Line; a six part drama for BBC2 and Skins in America; a co-production with E1 for MTV based on the UK series. Amongst its numerous awards Company Pictures has won Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast awards in 2004 and 2008, European Producers of the Year Award at the 2004 Monte Carlo Awards, four Golden Globes, twelve Emmy Awards and numerous BAFTA’s for Best Series including Shameless and the Philips audience award for Skins. Since October 2004 Company Pictures has been a part of the All3 Media group.

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Film4 in Cannes with stellar line-up for 2009

Posted on May 11th, 2009 in Film PR.

LONDON, 11th May 2009: Film4 will be in Cannes with a diverse slate of new films from an array of established and first-time directors.


Among these is the Cannes competitor Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric, starring Steve Evets and Eric Cantona, which will premiere on Monday, May 18th.

Film4 has always looked to back bold and distinctive films and the forthcoming slate of films are hugely representative of what the company stands for – authorship, new and experienced talent, fresh and strong vision from the British film industry.

First-time filmmakers Xiaolu Guo, Tom Harper and Paul King are now in post production on their debut films while Sam Taylor-Wood is completing filming. Kevin Macdonald, Mike Leigh, Jonathan Glazer and Richard Ayoade, meanwhile, are busy casting their latest projects with Film4.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama, said: “We are thrilled to be working with so many talented directors this year, and on such a varied spectrum of films. And we wish Ken Loach every success with Looking For Eric in Cannes. It’s a tough economic climate for us all, but Film4 will continue to develop and invest in exciting projects and we’re all looking forward to a productive and busy festival.”

 Film4 Productions

Completed Productions:

Looking for Eric
Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty
Producer: Rebecca O’Brien
Cast: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, John Henshaw, Stephanie Bishop
Eric Bishop is a postman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. With two teenagers running riot in his house and the reappearance of his first love, Eric struggles to cope. But then his mates come up with some unusual self help techniques to put his life back on track. And there is the imagined intervention of a mythical hero…
Production Company: Sixteen Films
Sales: Wild Bunch.
Sixteen Films, Canto Bros. Productions, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, Film4, Icon Film Distribution, North West Vision Media, France 2 Cinema, France 2, Canal +, Cine Cinema, Sofica UGC 1, Diaphana Distribution, BIM Distribuzione, Les Films du Fleuve, RTBF (Television Belge), La Region Wallonne, Cineart, Tornasol Films, Alta Produccion.

Bunny & The Bull
Director: Paul King
Producers: Mary Burke, Mark Herbert, Robin Gutch
Cast: Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegui
Bunny & The Bull is a comedy road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnball hasn’t been outside in months, and when he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek around Europe he undertook with his friend Bunny, a catalogue of adventures unfold. Stephen’s flat becomes the springboard for an extraordinary odyssey through lands made up of snapshots and souvenir replica landmarks within his imagination. Bunny & The Bull is a touching and beautiful journey to the end of the room.
Production company: Warp X
Sales: Wild Bunch
Film4 and UK Film Council present in association with EM Media and Screen Yorkshire

The Scouting Book For Boys
Director: Tom Harper
Producers: Christian Colson, Ivana MacKinnon
Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Holliday Grainger, Susan Lynch, Rafe Spall, Steven Mackintosh
Best friends David and Emily love their carefree life on a caravan park. When Emily discovers she has to move away, David helps her hide out in a remote coastal cave. But when Emily reveals her real reason for hiding, David’s world is shattered. As the missing person search closes in and David wrestles with powerful new emotions, their innocent subterfuge spirals out of control.
Production Company: Celador Films
Sales: Pathe International
Celador Films, Screen East Content Investment Fund and Film4 present in association with Pathe

 She, A Chinese
Director and Writer: Xiaolu Guo
Producer: Natasha Dack
Cast: Huang Lu, Wei Yibo, Geoffrey Hutchings, Chris Ryman
She, A Chinese is the feature film debut of novelist and documentary maker, Xiaolu Guo. Looking for adventure away from her Chinese peasant village, Mei’s restless nature takes her to London. After a marriage to a much older man and an affair with an Indian immigrant, Mei finally discovers what she wants.
Production company: Tigerlily Films and Warp X
UK Film Council and Film4 in association with EM Media and Screen Yorkshire. A Warp X/Tigerlily Films Production

In Production

Nowhere Boy
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Writer: Matt Greenhalgh
Producers: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae
Cast: Kristen Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Aaron Johnson
John Lennon grew up in a family full of secrets. Raised by his Aunt Mimi he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia. Their intense reconciliation catapults him toward finding out the truth about his past, about the war that has raged between two very different sisters. Now coming of age, John must bring that war to an end. A fragile peace breaks out, marred by tragedy. But his mother gives him one great gift – music. A wayward boy finds his voice.
Production company: Ecosse Films
Sales: HanWay Films
Film4 and UK Film Council present an Ecosse Films production and Sam Taylor-Wood film in association with North West Vision & Media, LipSync Productions and HanWay Films.

The Lovely Bones
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Aimee Peyronnet
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, The Lovely Bones centres on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family- and her killer- from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Production company: Wingnut Films Productions Ltd
DreamWorks Pictures and Film4 present a Wingnut Film Production. A Paramount Pictures Release

Never Let Me Go
Director: Mark Romanek
Writer Alex Garland
Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Cast: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard, Andrea Riseborough, Domhnall Gleeson
Adapted for the screen by Alex Garland from Kazuo Ishiguro’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name Never Let Me Go imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Kathy attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham school, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
Production Company: DNA Films
A Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films and Film4 presentation

Director: Hideo Nakata
Writer: Enda Walsh
Producers: Alison Owen, Laura Hastings-Smith
Cast: Aaron Johnson
When five teenagers meet online, innocent friendships are formed. But soon the charismatic leader of the group singles out the weakest kid and seizes the chance to erase his own past- a chance to lead his victim towards self-destruction. Set in both the online and physical worlds, this psychological thriller exposes the chilling reality of what happens when the lines between reality and cyberspace are blurred.
Production Company: Ruby Films
Sales: West End Films
Film4, UK Film Council and WestEnd Film presents

Future Productions;

Four Lions
Director: Chris Morris

Director: Mike Leigh

Director: Peter Mullan

Eagle Of the Ninth
Director: Kevin MacDonald

Director: John Crowley

Beware the Devil
Director: Shane Meadows

Under the Skin
Director: Jonathan Glazer

Attack the Estate
Director: Joe Cornish

One Day
Director: Penny Woolcock

Director: Richard Ayoade

About Film4
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4’s most recent releases include Danny Boyle’s, Slumdog Millionaire most recently winner of 8 Academy Awards, Steve McQueen’s Hunger, winner of, amongst other awards, the Cannes Camera D’Or, Martin McDonagh’s Oscar nominated, In Bruges, Mike Leigh’s Oscar nominated and Golden Globe Best Actress winner, Happy-Go-Lucky and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova.

For information and to arrange interviews during the Cannes Film Festival please contact:

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