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Looking for 4 Actors to Lead in a Dark, Passionate Short Film in Wellington

Looking for 4 Actors to Lead in a Dark, Passionate Short Film in Wellington

Wellington, NZ
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"Der Koch" is a short film based on Armin Meiwes. The main character, Leonora, is an elegant, passionate trans woman with the desire to "become one" with a willing individual through cannibalism. She finds a consenting participant in Nicholas, a soft spoken young man, and the two partake in a historic banquet that is equal parts disturbing and beautiful. Detectives Reddock and Whitehall question Leonora only to find an individual remorseful over the loss of such a sweet boy, but proud of the experience she shared with him.

The script dares to tread where angels fear, with the primary goal of exploring the humanity of its characters: to delve into the extremes of human emotion without portraying the main character simply as a “murderous other”.

This is a rather intense, but rewarding film, written by the wonderfully talented Lynda Chanwai-Earle.

Please note: This short will contain violence, sexual themes and course language, however no nudity is required and injuries will not be depicted.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Auditions will be held from the 25th to the 27th of April in Wellington (although if you are outside the province, we can arrange a video call).
*Alternate dates can be discussed for the part of Leonora.

Production will take 1-4 days of shooting and should take place between the 10th and the 20th of May (exact dates to be determined).

Job payment

This job is unpaid

Expenses paid - Travel and meals covered.

The Saturday audition day has been moved to Sunday.

Edited 24 April 2019

All roles have been cast EXCEPT for Nicholas. Auditions for him are this weekend (the 4th and 5th of May) please apply promptly if you are interested.

Edited 01 May 2019


Leonora is a trans woman who once served in the military as Leon. After her transition, she slowly began to shut herself off from the outside world, and seeks to form an intense connection with someone ready to take a dark journey with her. The actress for this role should be trans. It would also be preferable is she can perform in a German accent (or at least pronounce German phrases well). The role involves some sensual and sexual actions.

Female, aged 25 to 45

Applications closed 5 May 2019.


Nicholas is a shy man who is ready to embrace death. He finds Leonora on the dark web and wants to participate in having his penis cut off, cooked, and eaten (which he shares with Leonora) before being killed. The role involves some sensual and sexual actions.

Male, aged 20 to 35

Applications closed 5 May 2019.

Detective Reddock

Detective Reddock is a big man, tough, determined, unmarried. He was a hunter before he joined the service with the goal of making a difference and protecting people. He is still rather green, and disturbed by the details of Leonora's crimes, which manifests as anger.

Male, aged 25 to 35

Applications closed 5 May 2019.

Senior Detective Whitehall

Detective Whitehall is analytical, compassionate; she's been on the force for awhile. She's seen some of the grizzlier sides of human nature and is able to keep her composure she met with Leonora. She guides Reddock and seeks to understand Leonora before bringing her to justice.

Female, aged 40 to 50

Applications closed 5 May 2019.

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Listing created: 16 April 2019
Applications closed: 5 May 2019
Casting #1001753
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