May the good news keep rolling ...

Great to have good news to share with you all.😎🎉

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Congratulations to Jed Murray who has been booked for the role of Mike in a new dramatic short film 'The Space Between Us' written by Emmet Kelly, Production Co - Burning House Productions & Dingle Film House Productions. Director - Elaine Kennedy (Michael Inside, Making It).  Jed is also directing a play in the Edinburgh Fringe this year, The Fetch Wilson. The Corps Ensemble and award-winning writer Stuart Roche are bringing this brand-new play to Pleasance Theatre - 'centre of the cultural universe' according to The Scotsman - for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Previewing at Buxton Festival Fringe July 19 - 21st🎭

Well done to Cally O’Callaghan from Galway who was booked this week by Gemma Sykes UK Casting Director for a film titled ‘Uprooted’ Director - Ben Liam Jones and Production Co - Strangelove Films. Cally is on his way today to the UK today for 7 days. 🎬 Uprooted is a powerful film about Middle Eastern refugees in the UK. The film aims to highlight the responsibility we have as consumers, to ensure we know where our products come from, where there’s money, there is exploitation.✈️

Congrats also to Amy Potter and Dermot Ward who were booked this week by Terry Loughran and Green Grape Productions for the roles in their short film ‘For Love’ which films end of June beginning of July.👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨

There were high fives this week for Emma Kearns who shot a TV an online ad, and we have another strike for the ‘Caraher sisters’ in Monaghan, as Lilianna, younger sister of Poppy gets her first featured role in a Transport ad shooting next week. Whilst Muireann Ryan was booked for a Butter ad. for German TV also shooting next week.👏⭐🎞️🎥📺

 

 

April ends..

Dear Arabella’ is a new play by Marie Jones (of Stones In His Pockets fame) directed by Sara Watson. It's been staged in Monaghan on 12th and 13th May with all proceeds going to Pieta House and Palliative Care in the area. Break a leg to cast and crew especially to our own lovely Joanne Brennan. 

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Congrats to Brian J Roche who was cast as Claudio (second lead) in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ planned for Summer in the open air St Endas Pk, Dublin - Director Brendan Phelan.

For Emmet, Kelly good news keeps coming in on his short ‘Lost Memories' last week at The Belfast Film Festival it was given special commendation. Emmet was delighted to be acknowledged at one of his favourite film festivals and this week the film screens in The Newport Beach Film Festival in California. 🎬🏻 

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Finally... keep an eye out for 'Topographia Hibernica' (trilogy) - Director Liza Bolton which starts on RTE May 7th ep 1 with ep 2 is in post-production along with ep 3. Due for release in Summer. From the stills I’ve seen during the making of this - it's going to be amazing and it stars our own Philip Coffey   Biog for Top Hib :  Gerald of Wales is the first Norman traveller in Ireland. He recounts the miracles, wonders and evils of an island yet to be discovered and ultimately conquered through fantastic, bizarre sometimes outrageous stories.  In this first episode, Giraldus and his novice Bartholomeus arrive in Ireland. They have their first encounter with the native people. A clash of language, culture and religion leads to communication issues and ...It does not end well. This is the first of 9 fantastic, bizarre and compelling stories from Topographia Hibernica (Giraldus Cambrensis 1188) retold in Latin and Norman French. Filmed on location in Ireland. This is a stylised piece of work. The elegant camera work, skilful blocking and 'nowhere to hide' element of a continuous take performance for the cast, results in a piece of work that is unique and powerful. Genre: Satire, History, Fantasy, Fiction.

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April reigns...

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Great news this week for Karen Connell and Claire O’Donovan as they got the news they were cast by Maureen Hughes for two weeks on 'Nightflyers' from Monday. Nightflyers, the new sci-fi drama by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin, has completed its first week of filming in Troy Studios in Limerick and the cast say that the psychological thriller, meets sci-fi horror which shoots in Troy Studios Limerick.

Declan Reynolds is making his Moat debut as Yossi Amichai in a one act play "What's Left of the Flag" written by Jimmy Murphy and directed by John Lennon running this Thursday 12th, Friday 13th & Saturday 14th April at 8pm in Moat Theatre, Naas, Co Kildare. It will go on the All Ireland Drama Festival Circuit in Autumn 2018.

And finally...Congrats to Rob Webster who was cast this week in a new phone commercial shooting in Dublin and Wicklow 

Busy times...

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Congrats this week to Jed Murray cast by Louise Kiely for Quantico - Director Russell Lee Fine. Jed will be shooting for a few days with Tim V Murphy who also stars in this series. Quantico is an American television drama thriller which premiered on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)  Jed is also confirmed for EXTRAORDINARY a film - cast by Maureen Hughes /Castle Winter Film Productions, it shoots in Dublin end of April.

Well Done also to Sophia Adli who was cast for ‘Into The Badlands’ series 3 by Louise Kiely - Director Paco Cabezas.  Into the Badlands is an American television series which began in series 1 with a warrior and a young boy who journey through a dangerous feudal land together seeking enlightenment and the story continues now into the 3rd series. 

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Also well done to Anais Rizzo who was cast by Maureen Hughes in ‘Nighflyers’- series 1, Director Andrew McCarthy. Nightflyers is a new Si-fi series based on the television adaptation of George RR Martin’s Nightflyers novel, its produced by NBC Universal and Universal Cable Productions, along with Wild Atlantic Pictures, is set to be made available on Netflix it shoots in Troy studios Limerick.

Break a leg to Philip Coffey as March 30, 31st, April 1st sees Philip shoot Topographia Hibernica episode 3 with Director Liza Bolton in Galway. While Muireann Ryan is busy for 10 days in April shooting ‘This Day’ with Frame it Productions & Punk House Productions, the film shoots in Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny.

Jed Murray, Amy Potter and Sophia Adli are also shooting a short film "Kevin's Interview” - Director Eamon Murphy & produced in association with the Screen Director's Guild the film shoots over two days 17th and 18th April. This last production makes it a hat trick for Jed this week - well done Jed!!!

On TV we have a few Fair City appearances coming up with Claire O’Donovan and Jim Tighe joining Nigel Mercier (D.I Yates) and regular Jenny Dixon (Kerri-Ann) on set, well done to all.

To Celebrate our 5th Birthday...

It has been great to take an idea and work on it for five years and still feel the passion you had on the day you started. I suppose that is why so many of my good friends are in the acting business - as they to relate to the highs and lows this business throws at you.

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Each year I tell you all I love my job and this year is no different.  I’d like to take the opportunity today to thank all the actors for the friendship and kindness you have shown me, for the professional way you treat the agency, and for the reputation you are building with me showing - that Castannettenow is an agency always open for business and always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.    

In April, we celebrate the last five years with a party, and look forward together to what the next five brings. Once that includes our health and happiness we are already halfway up the hill of success! 


Annette is a favourite with TBWA Dublin when casting for TV commercials. She has a great roster of experienced actors and an ability to place the right actor in front of us, in response to a brief.
Working with Castannettenow is a joy because they are friendly, efficient, adaptable & proactive. 
HAPPY BIG 5TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
xx Onagh
— Onagh Carolan, Head of Broadcast TBWA/The Disruption Company
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I first dealt with Annette in mid 2017 for a theatre production that I was producing. What makes Annette stand out for me isn’t just her industry knowledge or the calibre of the talent that she has on her books but the way in which she conducts her business and herself. Her professionalism aside, she is a wonderful person to work with and deal with and sincerely has her clients best interest‘s at heart. The talent that came to our audition from this agency was second to none and the Castannettenow actors we booked were of the highest caliber. I will undoubtedly continue to work with Castannettenow and highly recommend this agency as part of any production large or small
— Kamal Ibrahim, Owner and Executive Producer, Reel Screen Films

Thank you to all the Casting Directors, Directors, Producers and Companies we have worked with over the last five years. It's been a pleasure.  Special thanks to those who have written to say nice things about us.  We hope to be part of bigger and better projects with you all during the next 12 months. 

Finally to my family, thank you all for all the encouragement and support you have each given me over the last five years, I couldn’t have done it without you! x

Best, as always…

Annette

 

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