London Casting: Heritage Short Film Is Seeking a Young Male Actor to Play its Lead

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“The First Day”

Make a Difference Entertainment is creating a short film about ‘bussing’ as part of a Heritage Lottery Project for Southall, West London. They’re looking for a young actor to play an Indian Sikh boy on his first day at a new school.

‘Bussing’ was a type of social engineering, where mostly Asian students from the London borough of Ealing were bussed to mostly white suburban schools. It has been a common practice around the world but caused protests when it was introduced by councils in West London.

“The First Day” is a short film set in the 1980s about a Sikh Indian boy who buses to a school far away from home. The team is looking for a strong lead to play 13-year-old Guti, a boy with a topknot, aged 13–18, from any Asian background. The team is also open to a young girl playing the part who can pass for a boy with long hair. Natural long hair is preferred but not essential.

This Heritage Lottery funded project pays £75 for the rehearsal day and £125 for a day of filming. Shooting will take place in January, dates TBC.

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