This week, several shorts, a feature, and an episode of television need talent. Read on to find out if a role could be right for you!
AMELIA DIMOLDENBERG SHORT
Amelia Dimoldenberg, YouTuber and creator of cult series Chicken Shop Date, is putting together a short film for Homespun’s annual competition. This quirky comedy film is shot from the point of view of a photograph hanging on the wall of a London gallery and eavesdropping on the conversations happening place in front of it. The comedy short takes in the arguments, pretentiousness, bewilderment, joy, and upset happening inside the gallery. Several roles, aged 18–34, need male and female talent to fill them. Background artists can be males or female, aged 16–50. Ideally, they will be performers who have comedy backgrounds and can be subtly funny with their movements. The film shoots in mid-September in London and roles are paid. Click through to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
Experimental short horror film John tells the story of a young black psychiatric patient suffering from delusions who witnesses the death of another black patient at the hands of white staff. Fearing for his life, he escapes only to discover an even bigger mystery, a group of black mystics who provide him with unbelievable powers. Created by artist Kat Anderson, the film is an exploration of institutional racism designed to spark conversations about black mental healthcare and social injustice. The film needs talent to play hospital patients and staff. Hospital Patient roles are for black and white male talent, aged 18 and older. Actors of any size or build are welcome; the team are looking for expressive faces. Hospital Staff roles are for white male and female talent, aged 30 and older, that is preferably average height and a strong build. John shoots on Aug. 27 or 28 in South London and roles are paid £100 per day. Head to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
Science fiction feature film Ghostware is casting a range of roles ahead of filming in November. Made up of a British and Norwegian cast, the team from production multilingual company Goldenway Media are searching for three British lead females and one lead male performer, all without tattoos or piercings, aged 18–70. Ghostware shoots in London from November and roles are paid Equity rates with meals and travel within London covered. See the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
AUTOPSY: THE LAST HOURS OF...AUDREY HEPBURN
ITV series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… is shooting an episode on the life of film star Audrey Hepburn and casting a drama-documentary that explores the factors leading to her premature death. The team are searching for one young lookalike. Young Audrey Hepburn is for white female talent, aged 14–18, that is slim and has brown hair. It’s a non-speaking role for a young performer who resembles Audrey Hepburn and is highly skilled at ballet. The episode shoots for one day between Sept. 3 and 6 in London and the role is paid £150 plus a £90 chaperone fee. Find out more at the casting notice and apply now.
Travelling Light, the award-winning Bristol-based theatre company, is casting talent for a remount and tour of the successful play for children “Igloo.” The company is seeking two performers, aged 22–37, from underrepresented backgrounds who are great storytellers. Talent will share in additional tasks such as driving. Rehearsals will take place from Jan. 6–18, 2020 with the national tour running from Jan. 20–Feb. 29. Talent will be paid £500 per week. Head to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
“LEAVE TO REMAIN”
This short comedy film follows a young man named Karim who receives a deportation letter from the Home Office but decides to convince them it’s all a misunderstanding. The producton is looking for background actors, aged 18 and older, for multiple roles. Shooting will take place on Aug. 28–29 in Woolworth, southeast London. Talent will be paid £80 per day. Take a look at the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF ITALY
Theatre in education company Bell Beyond are seeking performers to go on a tour of Italy, providing students with an open and enjoyable learning environment to boost their language skills. The team are casting male and female leads, aged 20–30, and supporting roles for talent, aged 18 and older. Performers will be part of an interactive theatre show, lead workshops, and tell interactive stories, so they will need a combination of singing, dancing, and acting skills as well as lots of energy. Actors will need to be creative and open-minded native English speakers with a strong sense of fun and self-sufficiency. The job is ideal for someone who wants to work with children and is looking for an opportunity to take in the beauty and culture of Italy. You’ll need to be eligible to work in Europe and available from October. Performers with driving licences are preferred. The tour pays €1,000 per month with travel and accommodation provided. Refer to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
Student short Allegro follows a young girl who must balance her passion for dance with a rapidly deteriorating home life and a mother with a degenerative illness. The team based in Brighton are casting three roles ahead of filming in the autumn. The Young Dancer is for female talent, aged 8–15. The performer should be able to perform with sensitivity and those with dance experience are preferred. The Mother is for female talent, aged 40–60. The Adult Dancer is for female talent, aged 18–35. Allegro shoots in late August in Brighton. Fees are negotiable and dependent on experience, with food and travel costs covered. See the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
Writer and director Ethan Evans is casting his next project, a short horror film called Here, Boy! It Follows a woman who begins to notice strange behaviour in her newly adopted dog. The team are casting the lead role of Christine for female talent, aged 26–38. She’s a doctor who has dedicated her life to others but is now feeling lonely and companionless—until she gets more than she bargained for after adopting a dog. The performer will need to be happy working alongside a dog. Here, Boy! shoots on Sept. 21–22 or 28–29 in the Bristol and Gloucestershire area. The role is paid minimum wage for both shoot days and accommodation can be supplied as well as some expenses. Click through to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
Feature film Sunrise, shot by H28, is set in the 80s and follows a Norfolk school girl who’s expected route to university is put at risk when she discovers and falls in love with London’s rave scene. Mixing music, comedy, and drama, Sunrise explores an important period in British culture and features a mostly BAME cast with a female lead. The team are casting supporting characters and day players for white and BAME male and female talent, aged 15–75. Sunrise rehearses soon and has an initial shoot from August to September in London. Roles are paid and on set catering is provided. Get yourself to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
JILL CRAIGIE DOCUDRAMA
The team behind a documentary on Jill Craigie, one of the first female documentary makers, are casting two actors to play the movie mogul J Arthur Rank and his accountant, John Davis. The film is planned as a special feature on a BFI release. J Arthur Rank is for white male talent, aged 50–65, that has a large build, dark hair, and a large nose. John Davis is for white male talent, aged 40–50, with a round face and receding hair. Davis was described as “a most unpleasant man” and “the Caligula of British cinema.” The docudrama shoots for one day between Sept. 9 and 13 in Brighton and roles are paid £150 per day, plus travel expenses within the south east. See the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
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