Angelique and I have been going through the people who have responded to our casting notice on Spotlight.

We had about 150 people in total and then we have tried to get in contact with another 40 or so. Hopefully we’ll get enough good people to fill our castings for next week.

So far there have been a lot of people who seem a little “Ambitious” with their playing age, but the maybe that is to be expected and with a reasonably vague casting notice, (as ours has to be given the nature of the film) people are entitled to be a little creative.

One thing I discovered when casting The Fold was that it was really difficult for girls to fake being 16/17. There was a certain base-layer of confidence that was very hard for them to turn off, but the character arch of Eloise in The Fold essentially required both sides. I think Dakota (who finally got the part) and maybe two other girls could do it. For this film, I think I need someone who can pull the same trick.

As for the mums, on the one hand, there are some wonderful actresses out there who’ve contacted us. So pleased that there are people out there who are attracted to this type of project. On the other hand… there are some really wild haircuts out there.