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Lead Actors Needed for VCA Film - ELLA, A Queer Musical Comedy

Lead Actors Needed for VCA Film - ELLA, A Queer Musical Comedy

Victoria, Australia
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Ella is a satirical, reflexive, and tongue-in-cheek retelling of Cinderella, where Cinderella is a trans girl, Prince Charming is a chaser with wandering hands, and the fairy godmother is Ella herself from the future, and together, and through song, the two Ella’s solve transphobia.

Ella is a musical comedy where the boundaries between the story and the film being made around it break down, as Ella's own boundaries are crossed, and consequently interrogated.

The film will be shot primarily in two locations: in the Studio at the VCA and on location (TBD; a high school end of year dance).

The director, Ada, is a graduating masters student at the VCA. Ella is her final project. There is a touch of irony to her when she says she hopes to use this film to solve transphobia. Ada is also a new mother; she promises set visits by the baby as close to daily as possible.

We are looking for one or two lead actors to play the parts of Ella. We hope to find one, or two, wonderful singers for the parts. We encourage transgender women to apply.

We are also on the lookout for three actors to play the parts of Derek, this movie's Prince Charming. The character is recast twice during the course of the film, hence our need for three actors. Only one of them needs to be able to sing.

More detail on all parts below.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

We will be shooting for six days during the period September 10 - September 16.
Adhoc rehearsals will be held before the shoot, after negotiation with cast.
Auditions will be run on a needs basis.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Graduating Student Film. 6 days.

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


Ella would describe herself a bright and happy girl who, like a sun, fills a space with her light. These are lies she tells herself to mask the truth. She struggles every morning to get out of bed, she hasn't been to school in days, and she is losing herself in the comfort of her old VHS tapes. Ella wants to be rescued, whisked away, that she might escape the horrors of her abusive home and become the bright shining light she wishes to be. Ella uses song and fantasy as a coping mechanism.

Female, aged 18 to 35

Applications closed 1 July 2021.

Ella from much later in her life

Ella lives in the shadows cast by her own regrets. She wishes she transitioned sooner, she wishes she went to her high school dance, she wishes she knew her authentic self, she wishes, she wishes, she wishes. Ella carries this burden as invisibly as she can. She is a beacon of positivity, but she carries a history of pain. She loves playing guitar, despite being quite bad at it.

Female, aged 25 to 45

Applications closed 1 July 2021.

Derek (Singer)

Derek is the classically handsome every-man that the TV would always tell you about. He would as soon whisk you away on a romantic magic carpet ride as he would risk his health to rescue you from the tallest tower. Or, at least, he might tell you such things as these. Derek is not entitlement without limitation. He might be something of a pick-up artist, but he isn't an abuser. He has boundaries.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 1 July 2021.

Derek (Recast)

After the first Derek refuses to carry through the fancies of the screenplay, the Director is force to recast him. This second Derek is a rougher and scruffier man, but it's all just a bit of fluff. He is safe and picturesque, a leading man if ever there were one. He is willing to go a little further than the last Derek. He doesn't see the problem with it as, after all, it was all part of the social contract Ella agreed to when she chose to dance with him. He still has his limits, however.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 1 July 2021.

The Last Derek

This last Derek truly has no limits. Tall, dark, and brooding, he is manifestly the Byronic man. Derek is not a particularly malicious man, nor a particularly awful one-- he is just disappointing.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 1 July 2021.

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Listing created: 25 May 2021
Applications closed: 1 July 2021
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