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Lead Male and Female Actors Required for AFTRS Short Period Thriller Film

Lead Male and Female Actors Required for AFTRS Short Period Thriller Film

New South Wales, Australia
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We are casting four leading roles for 'The Candidates', a short psychological thriller inspired by the CIA MK Ultra experiments.

Taking place in an unassuming Sydney suburb in 1964, our story follows Todd as he navigates the internal conflict between his family home and a covert government bunker.

A willing candidate of secret state-sanctioned psychedelic experimentation, Todd’s family life becomes increasingly strange as the testing on his mind confuses his perception of home and self.

We are a crew of Sydney student filmmakers with both amateur and professional experience, bringing a shared love for the period to the story. We are hoping to work with actors who will bring their own passion for the period and genre to the project, and are excited to learn with us or share their experience and insight. All applications are welcome.

We intend to enter 'The Candidates' into festivals early next year.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Shooting will be in Sydney on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November 2021*

*Subject to Covid 19 restrictions

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - AFTRS Student Film

Expenses paid - Coffee and lunch will be provided and cast will be reimbursed for travel expenses

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


Todd is a young 1960's family man working for a covert government branch. He is loyal, good willed, amenable and vulnerable. Eger to impress his superiors, Todd acts as a willing subject of experimental psychedelic testing and electroshock therapy. Eventually leaving him victim to a state of uncertainty and confusion in which his perception of ‘home’ and ‘family’ is conflated with the testing facility.

Male, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 2 October 2021.


Emma is married to Todd, she is youthful, kind and bright. Her energy is cheeky and playful but always gentle and good spritted. Emma is a caring and clever mother, taking style cues from Jackie Kennedy but really a bit of a hippy at heart.

Female, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 2 October 2021.


Employed under a secret state-funded project, Andrew is an experimental research psychologist with a particular interest in the study of psychedelics and the human mind. He is stiff and straightforward, with an abrupt sense of humour.

Anyone, aged 40 to 65

Applications closed 2 October 2021.


Todd and Emma's daughter, Lily is a young teenage girl who is smart, caring and observant. Lily recognises the shift in her father's behaviour at home as the impact of the testing on his mind reaches a high point.

Anyone, aged 18 to 20

Applications closed 2 October 2021.

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Listing created: 7 September 2021
Applications closed: 2 October 2021
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