Clappy-happy! If you go to chapel in Clapton you might be in with a prayer to become a movie star

RoundChapel: Round Chapel, Glenarm Road (crnr Lower Clapton Road), Clapton E5 0LY 170211 © DavidAltheer [at]


HEY, LADS! You know that roundy happy-clappy placey in Clapton, above, that you occasionally go past? It could be the start of your showbiz career.

A casting agency wants to find a teenage working-class boy to star in “a major studio film” by director Yann Demange, known for 2011’s Top Boy series with Ashley Walters.

Des Hamilton Casting (DHC) says it likes to do “street casting” to find new talent, rather than audition established actors, as it did with Top Boy and the violent This is England.

DHC adds: “We are hoping to discover a working-class, streetwise, Caucasian, 15 to 18-year-old male to play the lead.

Round Chapel Clapton © David Altheer
Inside job: an event in the interior

“The brief is quite specific because it is based on a true story. The boy doesn’t need to have any acting experience.

“This will be well-paid work.”

By the anthropologically questionable word “Caucasian”, the agency means “white”.

Hamish Scott 161116

* Open call: at Round Chapel old school rooms, 2 Powerscroft Road, Clapton E5 0PU, on Saturday 19 November 2016, noon-5pm. The queue will be long so no sleeping in this Saturday, OK? 

* Backstory: TV calls Dalston and Stokey dogs; Parents, is your school run cool enough for TV? 

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