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Boy Aged 8-11 to Play Lead in Short Film

Boy Aged 8-11 to Play Lead in Short Film

Kent, UK
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"Harry the Hamster" is about an excited young boy is spending the day with his grandad at his seaside home. His excitement is less for grandad and more for grandad's beloved pet hamster Harry. However, sadly the day does not turn out the way the boy imagined (flying through the air on motorbikes with Harry shooting uzis) and ends with sadness as the boy, upon his arrival at Grandad's, finds the frozen stiff carcass of Harry. What makes matters worse is later that day at the funeral, he discovers that Harry was someone completely different to whom he first thought.

Written and directed by Lewis Reeves (I May Destroy You, Unforgotten) and produced by Maëva Demurger (Automatic Driver - La Roux, upcoming Joan & Nino), this charming short will be full of stylised flourishes and animation, shot against the quirky seaside backdrop of Margate, Kent.

Please note this is an unpaid opportunity, however expenses for the boy and their parent / guardian will be paid, including but not limited to travel expenses and lunch on both days.

Please only suggest boys who are based in Margate or the surrounding area.

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by local 'working with children' regulations. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

2 days during w/c 31st August '20
Shooting Margate, Kent

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity

Expenses paid - Travel expenses reimbursed. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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

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Lead. The boy is playful, caring, a daydreamer full of imagination and has a certain creative / artistic quality to him. He is not naughty. He's the type of boy who could spend hours in his bedroom drawing incredible adventures with Harry the hamster, dreaming about it and reenacting his scenarios. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable on-set experience with a nice team of people, who are keen to produce an endearing and fun short which would showcase the boy's charm.

Male, aged 8 to 11

Applications closed 4 July 2020.

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Listing created: 17 June 2020
Applications closed: 4 July 2020
Casting #1076433