The film production company that’s producing Top Boy released a statement this afternoon:
“The producers of Top Boy, Cowboy Films held an open audition specifically for 13 – 16 year olds. The auditions were attended by more people than had been anticipated and was closed early for safety reasons. The situation was extremely well handled by police on the ground and the crowds dispersed very quickly.”
The organizers of an audition for the second series of Top Boy were forced to cancel it, after an unexpected number of hopeful youths showed up for their chance to be noticed.
While there have been rumours on Twitter about gunshots and fights, nothing has been confirmed, although a witness to earlier scenes told Hackney Hive he believed replica guns where present. There was also chatter of fireworks being released.
It is still unclear if it was cancelled due to the unexpected numbers or if violence broke out, however a police spokesperson confirmed there had been NO incidences.
Word spread fast earlier in the week, after a call out was issued:
In a one off open call for series two of the hit Channel 4 drama Top Boy, the casting team will be looking for the following:
BLACK / MIXED RACE / ASIAN / NON WHITE GIRLS AND BOYS
BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 16.
No acting experience necessary.
Please do not attend the casting if you do not fit the above description as you will be turned away. No emails or tel calls, simply turn up on the day.
DATE: SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2012
TIME: 12 PM – 5 PM.
VENUE: HOXTON HALL, 130 HOXTON STREET, N1 6SH
PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ANY LATER OR EARLIER AS YOU WILL NOT BE ACCOMMODATED
Top Boy is written and co-produced by Stoke Newington resident, Ronan Bennett who was refused filming permission in Hackney for the first series in 2011, by the council. At the time Hackney Mayor defended the councils position by saying:
“It was not fair on residents to run the risk of having their neighbourhood stigmatised on national television as riddled with drugs and gangs.
“Even where estates do suffer these problems, few people would want their home portrayed like that, and I’d question the motives of any that did.
“Estates aren’t film sets to be casually rented out, they are people’s homes. When filming is proposed on an estate, before approaching residents’ associations for their agreement, Hackney’s film office looks carefully at the application and considers numerous issues including whether the portrayal would have a detrimental effect on the reputation of the area.
“Had Hackney agreed to the filming and had our worst fears confirmed, what possible justification could the Council give for being complicit in such negative stereotyping?”
The audition organizers have were unable to be reached for a comment or on when a new date will be arranged.
This video from the streets outside Hoxton Hall has surfaced: