London Casting: Join Brexit-Inspired Comedic Short Film ‘Huntingdon Gardens’

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Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.  

Short film “Huntingdon Gardens” follows three families as they battle to get the best parking spots on their residential street. From filmmakers Paul and Simon Wade, the film explores the anger and absurdity surrounding Brexit through the story of three neighbours, each hoping to come out on top. Actor and comedian Paul Putner (“Little Britain” and “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle”) is attached for the role of Mr. Rogers. The team is now looking to cast the other three leading characters ahead of filming in October.

Mrs. Morris is a role for a white female actor, aged 35–55. Once a high flyer, she’s moved out of London for the slower pace of life and “community feel.” Since moving to the street two years ago, her husband has left her and she’s been forced to work in a lifeless office to support her family. She’s been sucked into the war over parking spaces in part because she’s bored and wants something to invest in.

Mr. Amin is for Asian male talent, aged 37–55. He’s a self-made builder who’s come from nothing and now owns his own business. He takes pride in his success, being the “man of the house” and providing for his family. Stubborn and direct, he hates small talk.

Mrs. Rogers is for female talent, aged 40–60. She’s lived on the street all her life and is an expert at hiding her aggression behind smiles and small talk. Having left work to have children, she spends all her time with Mr. Rogers who works from home in an unknown role. They are deeply suspicious and dislike anyone who doesn’t share their point of view. The pair have morphed into the same person, even as far as finishing each other’s sentences.

“Huntingdon Gardens” shoots from Oct. 10-12 in Luton, with a rehearsal and costume fitting the week before. Each role pays £150 a day. Think you’ve got what it takes to join the street? Head over to the casting notice for more information and to apply by Oct. 5.

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