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Two Actors Wanted for Student Short Film about Disability - "Crutch"

Two Actors Wanted for Student Short Film about Disability - "Crutch"

Victoria, Australia
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I'm a Bachelor of Screen Media student at Victoria University, in my third year. I've also been writing and shooting short films for years, but I plan for this to be my largest production yet. As a part of my studies, I plan to shoot a short film over the coming months.

'Crutch' is the story of Thomas, a man in his mid-20s who has taken de facto guardianship of his teenage sister Emily, who suffers from brittle bone disease. While she doesn’t have any disfiguration, walking unaided strains her body and she usually uses crutches to get around. She already gets enough grief about her obvious disability at her new school, but the bullying comes to a head when a student sees her briefly walk without her crutches. Mocking accusations of faking her disability lead to her hitting the student with her crutch. The film begins with Emily arriving back home from school, where Thomas confronts her about what happened.

The film is about who properly understands what kind of care a disabled person needs, particularly with regards to how physically disabled people are treated socially, and that ultimately the disabled person’s feelings are what matter most above any perceived traditions or niceties. It is a drama piece, with it being entirely a conversation between these two characters.

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

Shooting is currently scheduled to take place between the 21st of May and the 11th of August. Exact dates is to be discussed with actors, to see what works best for everyone.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - This is a student project but you will be paid $100 plus travel fees to Drysdale

Expenses paid - Travel fees to Drysdale.

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


Emily is deeply entrenched in teen angst, but also very strong-willed and headstrong. She's very stubborn and argumentative, and is driven heavily by emotions. At the same time, she's clearly very vulnerable and hurt by her experience. Must have a school uniform to be worn during the shoot.

Female, aged 15 to 19

Applications closed 14 June 2021.


Thomas is Emily's older brother and guardian after the death of their mother. It's a responsibility he was unprepared for, and as such he's very tired and worn down by the pressures of life. He always tries to approach problems cautiously and logically, trying to find the best in bad situations.

Male, aged 20 to 28

Applications closed 14 June 2021.

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Listing created: 2 June 2021
Applications closed: 14 June 2021
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