ENGLAND: actors (m/f) 30-50, for short paid film [P]

ref # 183972

closing date: This casting is now closed

project title: Benji
production type: short film
pay: paid

looking for:
based in/around: Dorset, England

about the project

Benji, a short film in the guise of a retro TV commercial for the robotic waste disposal unit “Benji” which becomes increasingly bizarre when Dad decides to recycle more than just household waste.

Benji is a surreal dark comedy about conformity and materialism, presented in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek TV ad format. Featured is a typical 1950s British nuclear family – Mum, Dad and their young Daughter. As the Mum and Daughter delight in demonstrating the bin’s capabilities, Dad appears increasingly uncomfortable and unsettled by Benji’s presence, and its ability to de-atomise objects.

Benji is an ambitious passion project we’re very excited about, and something I believe has the potential to be an excellent calling card for both cast and crew!

Paid £100 per day and shooting in Dorset with travel and catering covered.

Looking to fill the following roles:
role 1 | actors | m/f
playing age: 35 - 50
role languages: English
role ethnicities: Black

A subdued, mild-mannered and introspective type. On the surface his life seems idyllic, but behind the scenes he is experiencing a severe existential crisis which will eventually drive him to self-destruction.

Notes: No dialogue, so ability to convey subtle emotions is key. Able to cry on cue.

2 days shooting in November
role 2 | actors | m/f
playing age: 30 - 45
role languages: English
role ethnicities: Black

A parody of a typical 50s housewife as depicted in commercials of the time. Her over-acted, upbeat persona is similar to a larger than life Truman Show character. She has a warm, affectionate demeanour, and is completely unaware of the commercialised nature of her existence. It is only when she notices Dad acting strangely that she begins to question her reality.

Notes: No dialogue, ability to convey subtle emotions is key.

1 day shooting in November