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Actors Required for Roles in Short Film "Fourteen"

Actors Required for Roles in Short Film "Fourteen"

New South Wales, Australia. Apply from all Australia.
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Fourteen is a dark tale about inherited family patterns.

The story is told through a girl’s relationship with a doll hidden in her cupboard.

The doll seems to exert a strange power over the girl. For years the girl manages to resist its pull, but at the age of 14 she finally succumbs. She nods at the doll - a simple gesture signifying her acceptance of her ‘fate’ - and everything changes: The doll comes to life, and fetches a mysterious black box from Mum’s bedroom. Inside the box is a family secret. The doll uses the secret to claim the girl’s life-force for itself. Then, with the girl lying motionless on her bed, the doll returns to its cupboard.

Using the doll as its principal symbol, the film examines the seeming-paradox of psychological destiny - you surrender to your inherited fate because you think it is inevitable, but it only becomes inevitable if and when you choose to surrender to it.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Auditions will likely be required - although depending on logistics and circumstances, a self-tape may be enough to make a decision.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity

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

The Mother

The Mother is a supporting role. We see her at various points in her life, starting with the birth of her daughter through to when her daughter is 14. Mum is slim and attractive, and she ages well and takes care of her appearance. However, as the years progress we get a definite sense that life isn't turning out as she hoped or expected. She starts off as a happy and attentive mum, but increasingly becomes wrapped up in her own dramas and disappointments - with the result that she fails complete

Female, aged 30 to 45

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Father

The Father is a supporting role. He seems to be a regular, happy-go-lucky guy. He is an attentive father and husband, eager to participate in family life on those rare occasions he's not working. But he doesn't have the insight or the emotional intelligence to grasp what is going on between his wife and his daughter.

Male, aged 30 to 45

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Second Mother

The Second Mother is a small, supporting role. In the final scene of the film, after the Doll has come to life, we cut to a close-up of another woman giving birth. We watch as this woman - the Second Mother - begins the cycle anew, triggering the process through which different family patterns and secrets can repeat themselves through the generations.

Female, aged 20 to 30

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Girl (14)

The Girl is the lead character. At age 14, to all outward appearances she's a normal teenager. She has plenty of friends at school, and academically she's doing well. At home, when she's with her family she puts on a facade of being cheerful and helpful. She spends most of her time in her room, but to her parents this seems like normal, teenage-girl behaviour. They don't notice that her inner life is unravelling. They don't notice that increasingly she is taking on the mantle - and the burden -

Female, aged 12 to 16

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Girl (11)

The Girl is the lead character. At age 11, to all outward appearances she is living a happy, normal life. She's socially and intellectually engaged at school. At home she's kind and attentive towards her little brother, and to her parents she seems like the perfect child. But sometimes, in private and unguarded moments, she is overcome with a sadness, a sense of desolation, she can't explain. She tries to ignore or dismiss these episodes, but they wont go away. Because she doesn't understand whe

Female, aged 10 to 12

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Girl (7)

The Girl is the lead character. At age 7, she is a happy and sociable little girl. We meet her when her 7th birthday party is in full swing, and she's laughing and playing games and opening gifts. Dimly, she is aware of something - a feeling or a presence demanding her attention. But for the most part, she's too busy having fun with her friends to pay it any heed. Later that evening, we see she has just started to become aware of the doll hidden in her cupboard. But she doesn't invest it with an

Female, aged 7 to 9

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Brother (10)

The 10-year-old Brother is a minor supporting role, with no dialogue. We see him at home, playing video games. He seems like a normal, happy-go-lucky kid, blissfully unaware of what is happening to his older sister.

Male, aged 9 to 12

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Brother (7)

The 7-year-old Brother is a supporting role, with some dialogue. He is a regular kid with a healthy disdain for the world of adults. He complains to his mum about getting to school too early, and also that she can never remember which days he has swimming classes. He's fond of his big sister, who is quite protective towards him.

Male, aged 6 to 9

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

The Doll (14)

The Doll is a supporting character. As the Girl gets older, so does the Doll hidden in her cupboard, and at age 14 it comes to life. In essence, the Doll is an external manifestation of the Girl's unfolding psychodrama, as she attempts (and fails) to seperate herself from certain unconsciously inherited family patterns.

Female, aged 12 to 16

Applications closed 23 February 2020.

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Listing created: 2 November 2019
Applications closed: 23 February 2020
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