Hurt, is a short drama film about Maria, a mother/wife who is dealing with her exposure to an abusive domestic situation.
It focuses on her constant battling of her inner psyche, each mood and thought plague her mind as she tries to retain a sense of normality in her complicated life.
It is going to be shot in the style of a noir film, very contrasting rich shadows. It will approximately run between 5-10 minutes long, filming schedules are expected to be at the end of February in to March if required. The film will be completed by May.

Looking for main role of Maria, secondary role of Noel the teenage son, secondary role of James her husband, and a secondary role of Ruth, a ‘school mum’. Appropriate age range preferably between 40-50 for Maria, James and Ruth. For Noel to stay true to film must be teenage (or at least appear young enough to be).
Maria needs to be played by someone who can really harness an emotional rawness, most of the power of the performance doesn’t lie with dialogue within this film, the real emphasis is on Maria’s behavioural characteristics and subtleties in her character.

Auditions will be held next week commencing from the 11th and ending around the 18th depending on amount of applicants.

THIS IS A STUDENT PROJECT FOR FINAL YEAR GRADUATES STUDYING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL.

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Protagonist, Middle-Aged Mother/Wife.

Maria could be considered as your average run-of-the-day woman, dresses plainly, seems timid.

The requirements of this role is mostly reliant on capturing the mannerisms and subtleties of a woman who is beginning to crumble, her emotional state deteriorating the more she analyses the situation.
She is bold, but her mind is so conflicted her judgement has become tainted by her unconditional love. She is frustrated, angry, confused, and run-down.
Preferably to have a small body frame.

Females, aged 40 to 55 from Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    157 cm / 5ft 2in – 177 cm / 5ft 10in
  • Weight:
    50 kg / 110 lbs – 70 kg / 154 lbs
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English
  • Hair length:
    Medium
  • Dress Size:
    6 – 14


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Secondary Character, Middle-aged Husband James

Role is of James the husband, a typical working father .
He is shown at the beginning as he leaves to go to his local pub, and at the end when he returns.
He can be stern, but also hints of fear and vulnerability are detected despite him trying to uphold being the masculine figure in the house.
He is quite complacent, the performance of his character ideally would be similar to John C. Reilly’s character Franklin in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.

Males, aged 40 to 60 from Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    177 cm / 5ft 10in – 195 cm / 6ft 5in
  • Weight:
    70 kg / 154 lbs – 110 kg / 242 lbs
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English
  • Hair colour:
    Brown
  • Hair length:
    Short


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Secondary Role, Middle-aged school mum Ruth

Ruth is a mother of one Noel’s friend from school. Maria however does not particularly like Ruth.
Ruth is what you would consider a house mother, almost very stereotypical ‘american soccer mom’ type, overt in intonation and way she speaks, she seems a bit of a pry, very interested in other people’s lives and gossip. Similar to Beth Grant’s performance as kitty farmer in Donnie Darko.
She could fit in with the wives in Goodfellas , slightly overdone makeup and clothes.

Females, aged 40 to 55 from Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    162 cm / 5ft 4in – 177 cm / 5ft 10in
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English
  • Hair colour:
    Blonde
  • Hair length:
    Medium


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Secondary Character, Teenage son Noel.

Noel is a teenager around the age of 17-18.
He is a selfish character who truly only cares about himself and sees anyone who doesn’t agree with him or do what he asks, he sees as acts of betrayal and punishes them for it.
In terms of relevance to another character, I would particularly choose Kevin from the film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.
The performance should show traits of psychopathic tendancies, almost emotionless.
Requirements of actor are strictly about age to stay true to film

Males, aged 18 to 22 from Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Hair length:
    Short


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