Set-in modern-day Bristol “Absent” is a fictional short film drama of a missing pupil Haley Winter, and the determined, smart and enquiring teacher’s assistant, “Sarah”. Sarah knows the disappearance of Haley is suspicious, but she cannot put her finger on why she believes the parents have more to divulge, so she pays them a visit. Armed with a plethora of questions and a sharp mind, Sarah tries to uncover the real reason Haley is missing. “Absent” has taken inspiration from both “gone girl” and “Zodiac”, which has been reflected in the dark, tense and suspenseful writing of director Vince Ashby. Vince’s directorial debut was in his first year at UWE with short film “Battenberg” a world war two drama, about the unlikely friendship developed between two soldiers from opposing sides in the midst of battle. Ruth and Mike Winter are the parents of missing school pupil Haley. They appear almost clinical, and they maintain their house in an almost clinically clean way. You could say they both suffered from compulsive cleaning disorders, but that would be an understatement. Ruth: A cold, unusual woman. Her movements in some ways don't marry up with the words that leave her mouth. She is calculating, but calm, persuasive yet reassuring. Although a mother, she is anything but motherly. Ruth is detached, some might even say "something" is missing. To compensate, Ruth often makes overtly welcoming gestures, an over-fondness to house guests. Something altogether very unsettling. The character of Ruth is subtle, she isn't larger than life. She unsettles the audience in ways one would almost be unable to put into words. Mike shares a detached, somewhat cold nature. He is definitely the Braun to Ruth's brain, a devoted husband, Mike and Ruth are a calculating pair. Mike maintains a stoic composure amid the invasion of his privacy, and as Mike isn't as confident and reassured as Ruth, he comes across almost like everything he does is an accident. This playing down of his intellect makes him easy to trust, but for all the wrong reasons. SARAH 20-30's Sarah is a teaching assistant at Haley's school. Sarah knows the disappearance of Haley is suspicious, but she cannot put her finger on why she believes the parents have more to divulge, so she pays them a visit. Armed with a plethora of questions and a sharp mind, Sarah tries to uncover the real reason Haley is missing. Sarah combines innocence and wonderment of the world around her, together with the understanding that not everything is what it seems. She's curious, tentative and determined. If you would like to audition, for the part of SARAH, we would ask you prepare a short monologue to self-tape and email it Filming will take place within the first two weeks of March, in Bristol, and we anticipate a three-day shoot, in which we are covering expenses and transportation as well as refreshments, and will be editing together requested scenes, should you require, for your show-reel. The aim of the finished project will be to enter it into TIFF, the RTS student film awards alongside other BAFTA qualifying short film festivals. I hope this has piqued your interest.