We're currently casting for Overnight, a short film.
LEAD ROLE in short film exploring migration to rural UK
Character gender/ethnicity is not predetermined, as per our casting policy. We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds and commit to adapting the role to suit the right candidate, to the greatest degree possible. It is our intention that the background of the chosen performer will positively inform the role, which will be developed together within the short time allowed. An ability to speak a language originating from outside Europe is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.
He/she is young, but not a child, and old enough to have travelled a long distance alone – perhaps 17-24 years old. He/she is from outside the European continent, perhaps North Africa or the Middle East. He/she has arrived in Europe after a long and difficult journey over land and sea, and travelled from there to rural UK.
He/she has experienced great danger and seen terrible things on the journey. It has taken a long time, going the long way round to avoid border controls and dangers associated with popular migration routes. A great emotional resilience has been necessary and so he/she often comes across as quiet or reserved, but this is a survival mechanism.
He/she carries a small backpack containing everything needed for survival: a small amount of cash, food, weatherproof clothing items, a universal tool, lighter, a mobile phone.
The film is a micro-commission for an Oxford gallery, and is based upon a period of in-depth research and interviews with people who have recently moved to rural UK. It is written and directed by Edwin Mingard.
Auditions will be held 13th October, either in person or via self tape, to your convenience. Principal photography is currently scheduled for 14th/15th October in London and Oxford. You will need to be available for these dates.
The successful applicant will be paid £300 + agreed expenses for the role. The film's first screening will be in Oxford on 20th October.