Once Upon A Time In Winchester is an up-and-coming short Western film set in a fictional world, an infusion of the conventions of Western films and modern day life. A world where gangs of cowboys rule the streets and the industrial revolution was only a blip in the culture of the age. This particular story follows the evolution of Montell Williams, from the lowly brother of the gang-leader, to the fearless gunslinger seeking vengeance.

To answer a few frequently asked questions,

The film is not in an American accent, there is a lot of dialect in the film that reflects the speech and delivery of the Western genre, however, it is entirely in a British accent, so don’t be worried about that.

The shoot is intended to be over a five day course, with a lot of locations and a lot of actors. It’s a very exciting project that I hope you will be excited with me about.

Auditions are intended to take place at the end of February, however, I will accept video-tape auditions if that is what you prefer at this stage.

The shoot dates will be taking place between Mid-March to Mid-April, dependant on the availability of all cast and crew.

Be aware, this is an unpaid student project. However, this is an unpaid student project with a huge ambition, an incredibly talented crew and a budget. Expenses and food will be covered. A video copy of the project will be provided for showreel purposes (and to show off to your family and friends!!). The film itself will be submitted to film festivals, both in the UK and across the pond in American film festivals.

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Montell Williams

Montell Williams is the lead character in this story. He is an orphan, like the rest of the boys in the gang. Gangland outlaws killed his parents, and made him a product of his environment. This film is about his story and his moral battle; betrayal, rebirth and retribution.

Ethnicity: Black British/African Caribbean
Gender: Male
Accents: British

Physical Characteristics:
Height: Mid-to-tall
Weight: Mid/athletic

Males, aged 18 to 30 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    167 cm / 5ft 6in – 187 cm / 6ft 2in
  • Ethnicity:
    Black / African descent
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Skin colour:
    Black
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English
  • Hair length:
    Short


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Tyrell Williams

Tyrell Williams is the older brother of Montell Williams and plays a minor role within the film. Appearing in the first scene, Tyrell leaves the gang to Montell, with intention of leaving for the country. A natural born leader, he, and his schoolyard friend Stanley Edmundson, founded the gang to protect the people they cared about, and the younger orphan boys in their neighbourhood.

Ethnicity: Black British/African Caribbean
Gender: Male
Accents: British

Males, aged 18 to 38 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    172 cm / 5ft 8in – 195 cm / 6ft 5in
  • Ethnicity:
    Black / African descent
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Skin colour:
    Black
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English
  • Hair length:
    Short


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Stanley Edmundson

Stanley Edmundson, second-in-command in the gang is the big bad guy of the film. A greedy character and unafraid to use force to get his own way, he is the muscle of the gang. After Tyrell leaves the gang to Montell, Stanley does not take it well.

Ethnicity: White British
Gender: Male
Accents: British

Physical Characteristics:
Height: Mid-to-tall
Weight: Mid/Muscle/Athletic

Males, aged 18 to 38 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    172 cm / 5ft 8in – 195 cm / 6ft 5in
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English


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Jude Valentine

Jude Valentine is the local sweetheart of the group. Best friend of Montell Williams, he is flirtatious, rude, sweet and erratic. He plays a pivotal part in the film, being the support that Montell needs throughout the story.

Ethnicity: White British
Gender: Male
Accents: British

Physical Characteristics:
Height: Mid-to-tall
Weight: Mid/athletic

Males, aged 18 to 36 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    165 cm / 5ft 5in – 193 cm / 6ft 4in
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English


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Eggplant

Not much is known about Eggplant other than the fact that he once got arrested on a charge for stealing an eggplant. Slow and hardy, violent and dumb, Eggplant keeps to himself in the gang.

Ethnicity: White British
Gender: Male
Accents: British

Physical Characteristics:
Height: Mid-to-tall
Weight: Mid/Heavy

Males, aged 18 to 32 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Height:
    175 cm / 5ft 9in – 195 cm / 6ft 5in
  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English


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Old Lady Greenwich

Old Lady Greenwich is the Mr Miyagi to Daniel-San in this film. She finds Montell in a vulnerable situation, picks him up and trains him to become a ‘man’. Able to fire twin revolvers; she is the fastest in the land and with deadeye precision. She has (suitably) earnt a reputation of being a badass due to her vigilante persistance to wipe out bad gang activity and bring justice to those who deserve it.

Ethnicity: White British
Gender: Female
Accents: British

Females, aged 55 to 80 from Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White
  • Languages:
    English
  • Accents:
    UK English


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