DATE/TIME: Thursday, 23 January @ 6.30 pm (approx. 3 hours)
VENUE: London, TBA
Manuel Puro’s film career began in 1995 as an assistant to casting director Jeremy Zimmermann, working across film and television projects with directors including Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough and Nic Roeg.
In 2000 he was headhunted by Michael Foster, then co-chairman of Europe’s leading talent agency ICM, to assist with an A-list roster of clients including Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Sean Bean, Michael Caine, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Kingsley, Julie Christie, and the presenters Chris Evans and Jonathan Ross.
In January 2007 he founded Puro Casting, a full service casting company working across feature films, television, video games, commercials and music videos. Manuel is regularly invited to host mentoring sessions with organizations such as the National Film and Television School, iFeatures, the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He has held casting workshops all over the world.
Manuel was the winner of Casting Call Pro’s inaugural Casting Director of the Year 2013 Award – voted by actors for the casting director they felt most comfortable with and who they thought got the best out of them.
Selected Casting Director Credits:
DESERT DANCER – directed by Richard Raymond, produced by Pippa Cross for CrossDay Pictures.
True life Iranian drama with Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen and Makram J. Khoury.
FLYING BLIND – directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, produced by Alison Sterling for BBC Films.
Political drama with Helen McCrory, Najib Oudghiri, Kenneth Cranham.
SKELETONS – directed by Nick Whitfield, produced by Kate Myers and Tracy Brimm for Forward Films.
Lo-fi comedy with Jason Isaacs and Paprika Steen and winner of the Michael Powell Award (Best British Film), Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
MOON – directed by Duncan Jones, produced by Stuart Fenegan for Sony Picture Classics.
Sci Fi with Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey and winner of the Michael Powell Award (Best British Film), Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009
HEARTLESS – directed by Philip Ridley, produced by Richard Raymond and Pippa Cross for Lionsgate.
Thriller with Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke, Tim Spall .
SEA WOLF – directed by Mike Barker, produced by Rikolt Von Gagern for Telemunchen.
Two part television drama with Neve Campbell, Tim Roth and Sebastian Koch.
THICK AS THIEVES directed by Mimi Leder, produced by Lori McCreary for Millenium Films.
Caper with Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Radha Mitchell.
*please note that there will be a practical element, but this may vary from our usual perform for a casting director workshop!
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