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Young Actors Required for "Moishe" - A Short Film

Young Actors Required for "Moishe" - A Short Film

London, UK. Apply from all UK.
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The short film (roughly 20 minutes long) follows the true story of Moishe Gralnick as he is kidnapped from his family and taken from rural Ukraine to a Russian Cantonist institution. He, along with his friends, are tortured in an attempt to force them to convert to Christianity. Despite this, Moishe manages to keep his faith and stay true to his Jewish beliefs. Twenty-five years later, against unbelievable odds, he finds his way back to his shtetl and family. The film explores themes of perseverance, faith and resistance in the face of immense hardship.

We are looking for 3 young actors to take part in the project. The filming may take place during term time, with roughly 5 days of shooting. Licenses will be applied for and if parents are not able to chaperone, licensed chaperones will be provided.

We actively encourage actors from Jewish heritage to apply but it is not essential.

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 will be mid-November TBC

Job payment

£75 per day - 5 days of Shooting (TBC), adhering to child performance laws in reference to hours working and breaks needed

Expenses paid - All expenses paid, travel, accommodation (if needed), licensing fees, if parents are unable to chaperone then a licensed one will be provided

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by the UK National Minimum Wage Act. Find out more


Moishe

We follow Moishe’s journey throughout the film. He’s taken from his Jewish community, home and forced to convert to Christianity. Moishe is the one boy in the institution who doesn’t convert. He’s incredibly brave but doesn’t always understand the implications of his actions. He’s quick to anger and slow to forgiveness.

Male, aged 10 to 13

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 10 September 2021.

Calev

Calev is the secondary lead in our film. He’s strong-willed but slightly naive. Calev begins by believing he will return home safely but as the abuse continues his faith is strained. His aim turns from facing the hardship head-on to survival.

Male, aged 10 to 13

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 10 September 2021.

Oren

Oren is an integral part of the film. He represents the large amount of younger children in the historical context. Oren follows where the older boys lead but is easily swayed. He is initially shunned by the others for giving in to the coercion but eventually embraced as the other boys learn and grow.

Male, aged 9 to 11

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 10 September 2021.

Previous audition:
Models Needed For Collaboration

Next audition:
Children's Entertainer Needed

Listing created: 2 September 2021
Applications closed: 10 September 2021
Casting #1142907