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Mother and Daughter/Son Actors Wanted for Short Student Film

Mother and Daughter/Son Actors Wanted for Short Student Film

Cardiff, UK. Apply from all UK.
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I'm Tomás Ferreira, an MA Film Directing student at the university of South Wales conducting my Final Major Project and drama short film entitled “In a House, At Night” alongside my producer, Georgina Morgan.

WRITER/DIRECTOR - TOMÁS FERREIRA

Graduate from Lisbon Theatre and Film School, currently studying MA Film Directing at the University of South Wales, Tomás has directed three shorts films, one of them promoted by a renowned film critic and another screened publicly at Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre. He also co-wrote a short film accepted for a creative supporting programme at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

PRODUCER - GEORGINA MORGAN

Georgina is a writer/producer who has created multiple short films and music videos. She is passionate about film making and since graduating has worked for ITV, trained as a script supervisor and assisted on films that have won awards across the globe. In 2020, she founded the production company, Venus and Mars Films, and has begun development on her first feature film.

SYNOPSIS

On Halloween night, in a women’s shelter, 7-year-old Lynn sulks about missing her old house and dares to leave her mom's bed in a tantrum, hurting her.

Separated and alone, the young girl re-encounters fear as witness of the asleep victims' nightmares, while Alice dangerously ponders about calling back her husband to give Lynn her family again…

WRITER'S VISION

Since an early age I was aware of this strange house at the end of my street. One night, as I passed by it with my father, I noticed its bared windows and high ragged walls surrounding it and yet a very innocent white and pink exterior. I remember seeing through a window the shadows of a mother and a daughter watching TV. I asked my father what the place was and he answered. It was a women’s shelter.

This image stayed with me, leading to this project which invites the spectator to dive into an eerie horror atmosphere enveloping a very sensitive drama story. It’s a study of a mother-daughter bond stained by the shared memory of violence and a reflection of the shelter as a paradoxical place conveying both protection and imprisonment of the fears and anxieties bubbling inside it.

PROJECT'S FUTURE

Based off an advance Marketing & Distribution plan, we intend to launch the short film final cut into our next year's selection of Film Festivals at a national and international level, as well as establish collaboration with certain production and distribution companies that may power it's marketing campaign. Online platforms are also being explored.

Requirement note: Some actors will require face painting and particularly, the character of Alice, will need to use a Halloween cat costume fitted by our costume designer, Amelia Kennedy.

Ideally, we’re looking for real mother and son/daughter actors for each of the parenting relationships described.

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by local 'working with children' regulations. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals on location: 23rd to 24th October

Shooting days: 6th to 8th November and 13th to 14th November (weekends for shooting with child actors)

4-5 shooting days and 3 technical rehearsal days.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Masters Student Film

Expenses paid - Food and travel expenses

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.

All advertisers agree to abide by the UK National Minimum Wage Act and are responsible for defining the nature of their production and any payment requirements. Find out more.


Alice (Lynn's mother)

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Alice is a thirty-year old mother. Married to her first love, met during University, as soon as their daughter is born, he becomes a violent envious presence that isolates his wife and daughter for himself until the pain is too much and both are rescued to a women’s shelter, where we find her during the first days there. Even if safe, the shelter feels strange. Alice often battles between moving on to uncertainty, even If free, and the sense of guilt from taking Lynn away from having a father.

Female, aged 27 to 33

  • Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Skin color: White
  • Languages: English
  • Hair color: Black
  • Hair length: Short

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

Lynn

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Lynn spent most of her time away from Alice during her first years, being pushed to sleepovers at friends' homes or with grandmother as Ian wanted Alice for his own. Alice would listen with pleasure to Lynn’s joy from late night pyjama parties, but also sadness for seeing her daughter with little connection to her. When 5, Ian vindictively started insisting that Lynn stayed to witness the violence, assisting to fights she rarely been aware of and building empathy with her mother in the process.

Female, aged 7 to 10

  • Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Skin color: White
  • Languages: English
  • Hair color: Auburn , Brown
  • Hair length: Medium

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

Sarah (Daniel's mother)

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Sarah, forty-years-old, is tormented by the sense of guilt in letting her older son pass away at his own hands from the pressures of a violent household. However, the need to provide for her family and unemployed husband while living under abuse, prevents her to fully mourn. It’s during her time in the shelter that she knows some peace, though nightmares trouble her with losing Daniel too who has become a very silent and restrained child since he was the first encountering his lifeless brother.

Female, aged 40 to 50

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
  • Acting experience: Extra, Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Skin color: Black
  • Hair color: Black
  • Hair length: Short
  • Hair type: Curly

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

Daniel

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Eleven-year-old Daniel hardly speaks since the day he found his brother in a tragic way, after coming home from school. Daniel protects his body for the rest of the day and hides him so mother can see him, but father can’t. Nevertheless, when found, his father inexplicably beats and blames his mother for the occurred. The event scars Daniel’s ability to sleep quietly and he grows an overly protective feeling towards his mother.

Male, aged 10 to 14

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
  • Acting experience: Extra, Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Hair color: Black
  • Hair length: Short

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

Ruth (Molly's mother)

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Ruth, forty-five years old, struggles with controlling her older son's aggressiveness during her time at the shelter, which keeps her hurtful past from being buried. Rhyn, her older son, has trouble sleeping and consistently has violent attacks, mimicking his own father’s rage, picking on his sister. Ruth has to balance carrying for the two children while living in fear that her own son might accidentally do something terrible.

Female, aged 45 to 55

  • Acting experience: Extra, Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Skin color: White
  • Languages: English
  • Hair color: Auburn , Brown
  • Hair length: Medium
  • Hair type: Wavy

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

Molly

This role is seeking family members or people from the same household/bubble

Molly, 7 year old Rhyn's sister, feels very confused about how to behave around her older brother in who she used to trust as a guiding hand until his sudden breaking point which turned him loud and violent ever since. She finds solace in her mother’s protection, though she misses a lighter time of play with Rhyn.

Female, aged 7 to 10

  • Acting experience: Extra, Previous unpaid speaking roles
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Skin color: White
  • Languages: English
  • Hair color: Blonde
  • Hair length: Medium , Long

Applications closed 13 November 2021.

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Listing created: 14 October 2021
Applications closed: 13 November 2021
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