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SATURDAY 17 JUNE | 11:00 hs - 17:00 hs

with Leo Davis, world-renown casting director,
 Nabil ElouahabiBritish born actor, 
Nathaniel Martello Whitewriter, director and actor,
Beru Tessema, Ethiopian born actor and scriptwriter,
Gillies MacKinnon, Scottish film director, writer and painter 

Leo Davis is a Casting Director with a career spanning over three decades. Based in the United Kingdom, she mainly works with renowned British and European directors.
Her long list of credits on acclaimed national and foreign feature films includes Antichrist by Lars von Trier,Hannibal Rising by Peter Webber, The Queen by Stephen Frears, Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski, The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Peter Webber, Skagerrak by Soren Kragh Jacobsen, Sunshine by István Szabó, and many others.
Leo has always been involved in the discovery of new acting talent. She is a founding member of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), the first association of its kind aimed exclusively at casting directors for feature films.

In Conversation with Leo Davies 
Leo has been instrumental in the casting business for over three decades. Her inimitable flare for inventive and iconic casting has earned her a place as one of Britain’s most important casting directors. She will talk about her career and give first hand insights into good casting practice for directors and producers.
Nabil Elouahabi is a British Born actor - most recently appearing in HBO The Night Of and the hit show The Missing. Nabil works extensively across theatre, film and TV. Recent theatre work includes: Oil (Almeida) Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State (National Theatre) and Fireworks (Royal Court).

Nabil is a prolific TV actor and has appeared in 24: Live Another Day, Top Boy, Mad Dogs, Strikeback, Law & Order, Generation Kill, The Path To 9/11, EastEnders, Only Fools & Horses, As If.

His film work includes: Sandcastle, Hyena Road, Reign of the General, Zero Dark Thirty, Towerblock, Junkhearts, Blitz, Journey to Mecca, The Boat People, Charlie Wilson’s War, Code 46, In This World, Ali G Indahouse, The Sum of all Fears.

Nathaniel Martello White is a writer, director and actor. As an actor his theatre credits include People, Places & Things,Edward II (National); City Madame and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC). His film and TV credits include SilkDeath in ParadiseMisfitsHard Boiled Sweets and Life Just Is. As a writer, Nathaniel’s theatre credits include Torn (Royal Court) and Blackta(Young Vic) and he has recently completed three short films Slap,Cla'am and Mars Tingz.

Beru Tessema was born in Ethiopia and raised in London. He completed his MA in Screenwriting from the London Film School, where he graduated with distinction. He trained as an actor at RADA, where we went on to spend several seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe and other theatres around the UK. Beru has written, produced, directed and edited several short films including Absence (2013) and Verse (2014). He co-wrote featureBarley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain (2016) and is currently preparing for his new feature-length fiction film.

Working with Actors - from the page to the screen
Actors Nabil and Nat will be in conversation with acting coach & mentor Beru about the techniques of their craft. They will look at ways to prepare with the text, how to bring out character motivation and the scene’s intrinsic meaning. They will also look at how a director can best work with actors and the kinds of procedures that are more likely to elicit great performances, covering read throughs, rehearsals and the performance itself.
Gillies MacKinnon studied at the National Film and Television School in the early 1980s and went on to become one of the most prolific and versatile British directors of the 1990s. MacKinnon has made several critically acclaimed films, eliciting superb performances from his cast and winning top awards at Rotterdam, Berlin and Edinburgh along the way. Films include The Playboys (1992) with Albert Finney, A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) with Steve Martin and Gabriel Byrne, Small Faces (1996) with Kevin Mckidd, Regeneration (1997) with Jonathan Pryce, Hideous Kinky (1998) with Kate Winslet, and Pure (2002) with Molly Parker and Keira Knightley. 
Working with Actors

Participants will be divided into two groups and each group will be headed by one of our guest directors. The actors will then work with the directors on different script pages. Taking the participants through techniques for read-throughs, rehearsal and performance, the participants will be asked to engage with the process of achieving strong performances, while interrogating the importance of great characterisation, clear motivation and where necessary, the right dialogue. These sessions will be interactive and beneficial to all members of the production team.  

Don’t limit yourself to one course - take advantage of our bundles and book multiple courses at a discounted rate! 

2 Course Days - £200 £180 (-10%) 
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