News: Everybody's Talking About Jamie Film Adaptation is Looking for Local Talent

Friday 1 June 2018

West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is being turned into a film and will be holding an open casting search in Sheffield for the lead roles. The stage show which was nominated for Best Musical at the Olivier Awards this year is being developed by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films along with Film4. The movie adaptation will be directed by the musical’s original director and Sheffield native, Jonathan Butterell.

The musical based on the 2011 BBC documentary _ Jamie: Drag Queen at 16_, is written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, and originally premiered in Sheffield and is now running at the Apollo Theatre in London. The forthcoming film adaptation also announced they are looking to cast 30 local performers to star as the Year 11 class. The casting process will occur over the next seven weeks, led by casting director Shaheen Baig, who said: “We would love to find a beautifully diverse cast right here in Sheffield. The story is set here and it’s the most obvious place to start our search.”

Producers are looking for:

  • People aged 16 years and upward, but you must look/ be able to play 16 years.
  • There are no other parameters on how you should ‘look’ – we want you as you are!
  • We’re looking for a variety of people to make up our exciting and talented class.
  • You will ideally be from Sheffield or the surrounding areas.

No previous experience is necessary, however, anyone wishing to apply should upload a one-minute video of themselves and some basic information to www.jamiefilmcasting.com. Applicants must be over 16 to apply, and producers are looking for individuals from Sheffield and its surrounding areas.

Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2019. T&Cs apply.

Photo: Alastair Muir

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