Major casting agency looking for young people in Sheffield to appear in amazing new film

Casting directors are looking for young people in Sheffield to appear in the new Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 05 April, 2019, 19:15

The West End musical, about a 16-year-old boy who aspires to be a drag queen, is being turned into a feature film.

Warp Films, who were behind the TV series This is England and satirist Chris Morris’ acclaimed Four Lions, will adapt the musical and have been busy casting key roles for the film, which will be set in Sheffield.

John McCrea and the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The agency involved, Shaheen Baig Casting, are looking for young people in the city to play some of the key roles in the upcoming film.

They said they’re looking for young women and men from South Asian, Middle Eastern, Turkish and Somali backgrounds for the roles.

Applicants who can play 16-year-olds and love dancing, singing or acting are being encouraged to apply.

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Warp Films said professional experience is not essential and that successful applicants will be paid for their work.

Anyone interested should send a short video, no longer than a minute, to Warp Films telling the company a little bit about themselves.

Applicants must be based in the UK and be 16 or older. Anyone under 18 must include their parent or guardian’s contact details.

The closing date is Friday, April 12. Videos should be sent to jamiefilmcasting@gmail.com via email.

The musical, which is still running in London and is now into its second cast, was inspired by a BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. It premiered at The Crucible in 2017 and was directed by Sheffield-born Jonathan Butterell, with a script and music by Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells.

Last year the film’s production team started a search for local actors to play pupils in Jamie’s Year 11 class. The hunt for an actor to play Jamie himself on screen was later widened.