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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.

We have a new vimeo page for this project:

The videos will appear here, but if for some reason you want to find all the videos in one place, that's where they'll be.


Today we have started looking at Spotlight to see how we might cast this thing.* It initially seemed like quite a Catch-22, how to cast actors for their improvisation skills..? But I think if we run a normal casting session, but then spend more time talking to our actors than normal, to get a good sense of who they are.

I think the most difficult thing will be to find actors who are happy to work outside of their comfort zone. In some of my previous experience, actors have often wanted to know more about their character. I think this is partially to assuage any doubts they have over the reality of their actions, but the reality of the scene in an improvisation comes from within and finding out whether some one has this or not, is a hard thing to do in a 20 minute casting session.

Anyhow, the add on spotlight is up now, so here it is:


*Actually, the notice went out on Spotlight on Tuesday, but I was on Holiday so I’m starting to work on it now.