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Thursday 19 October 2023

William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" Set for TV Adaptation - Casting Call Underway for Young Talents

William Golding's iconic novel, "Lord of the Flies," is making its television debut, and the hunt has begun to discover the emerging stars who will breathe life into this classic tale.

A Landmark Adaptation

Producer Eleven, known for its works like "Sex Education" and "Ten Pound Poms," has issued a call for boys aged between 10-13 to audition for roles in this highly-anticipated four-part drama. The adaptation, brought to life by acclaimed writer Jack Thorne, is set to commence filming in Australia from April 2024 onwards.

Nina Gold Takes the Lead

Leading the casting process is BAFTA award-winning casting director Nina Gold, renowned for her work on titles such as "Game of Thrones," "The Crown," and, most recently, "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." Gold was also behind the casting of "The Power of the Dog," which earned a BAFTA for Best Film and received multiple Oscar nominations in 2022.

The Search for Young Talent

The production team is on the lookout for children between the ages of 10 and 13 to assume the leading roles of the main boys in this faithful adaptation of "Lord of the Flies." No prior acting experience is necessary for the auditions.

Parents and guardians are invited to apply by emailing lotf@ninagold.co.uk. The application should include a video filmed on a phone, where the child states their name, age, and general location in the UK. The young auditionees are also asked to share, in under 30 seconds, what item they would choose to have with them if they were stranded on a remote tropical island and explain their choice. Parents and guardians should clarify their relationship to the applicant and assert their permission for the child to be considered for a role in the production.

"Lord of the Flies" - A Modern Adaptation

Written by Jack Thorne, the mind behind "National Treasure," "Help," and "Best Interests," and executive produced by Eleven's Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell, this adaptation of "Lord of the Flies" is a 4-part, 60-minute drama that will be featured on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It weaves the story of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded on a tropical island.

As they struggle to maintain civility, the boys form a hierarchy, led by Ralph and supported by the intellectual Piggy. However, Jack, tasked with signal fire duty, becomes more interested in hunting and vying for leadership, pulling other boys away from the group's order and leading them from hope into tragedy.

A Daunting Task

Commenting on the casting process, Jack Thorne acknowledges the challenge, saying, "I think casting these parts is a daunting job. We have to tell a complicated story, and it'll need a remarkable cast, so I'm thrilled that Nina will be in charge of the process. I can't wait for us all to get dug in."

Nina Gold's Perspective

Nina Gold expresses her anticipation of the challenge: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of finding exciting, talented, young actors for these characters that are etched on my own childhood memory, now being brought to a modern audience by this brilliant adaptation."

The Producer's Vision

Joel Wilson from Eleven notes, "There is no-one better suited to the job of casting these extraordinary roles than Nina, so we're delighted that she will be taking the reins. With Nina's help, we're convinced this group of boys and the journey they take us on will be as indelibly etched on our minds as the book is for those who have read it."

A Timeless Classic

"Lord of the Flies," first published by Faber for an unknown author at the time, has maintained its status as one of the most popular books on English curricula for the past seven decades. William Golding's literary masterpiece was recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

A Production to Watch For

"Lord of the Flies" is an Eleven production, supported by Sony Pictures Television, for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The series, penned by Jack Thorne, boasts executive producers Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC. It's a thrilling adaptation that promises to breathe new life into a classic tale and captivate audiences all over again. Stay tuned for more updates on this eagerly anticipated production.

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