Four Actors for a Black Comedy Student Short Film
The film, Life Sucks is a black comedy exploring Sam’s struggle to provide for his new family and Geoff’s struggle with a mid-life crisis.
We require 4 characters Sam (Male, 30s), Geoff (Male, Late 40s), Jack (Male, 50s), Laura (Female, 30s). Each role is reasonably open to being adapted to the actor.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesAuditions commence in early September on a weekday between 9am-5pm.
The shoot date will be over a 4 day period in the week of 14-18 October.
This job is unpaid
Sam - Lead - 'Door-to-Door Salesman'
Sam is a door-to-door vacuum salesman and husband to a newly pregnant wife Laura. Sam is overwhelmed by unpaid overdue bills and the threat of being fired if he does not make a big sale. Sam usually a character that takes the path of least resistance is confronted by his wife being pregnant must now take responsibility over the future of his family.
Males, aged 27 to 37
Geoff - Supporting Actor - 'Mid-Life Crisis'
Geoff is a man experiencing a mid-life crisis. Geoff’s sense of self worth has deteriorated since his wife had left him for a personal trainer. Geoff’s self esteem has dissipated to the extent he wishes to hang himself. Geoff’s deterioration in his personal circumstances has lead him to being an eccentric, hermit, barely able to take care of himself.
Males, aged 40 to 55
Laura - 'Pregnant Wife'
Laura is a full-time housewife expecting Sam’s child very soon. Being pregnant, Laura is very invested in Sam both emotionally and financially. Preoccupied in making preparations for motherhood, Laura is oblivious to the family’s financial situation. Laura is naïve, nurturing, loving and selfless.
Females, aged 25 to 35
Jack - 'Overbearing Boss'
Jack is Sam’s overbearing boss, driven by sales and profits. Jack is a workplace bully with a fragile sense of self who feeds his ego by oppressing others. Jack is egotistical, cruel, demanding and lacks empathy.
Males, aged 40 to 60
Extras - 'Homeowners' - speaking role/reactions
Extras are needed to act as homeowners responding to the lead role door to door salesman, speaking may be required or reaction based.
Anyone, aged 18 to 80
- Located in New South Wales, Australia
- Joined August, 2019