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Ruadhan The Bard will be shot in and around the Isle of Whithorn, Galloway
in June 2011. Starring the legendary Norman Maclean, Margaret Bennett and
Sheila Stewart, we seek three young leads and two older supporting actors to
join us and be the stars of tomorrow.
Part of the Strange Home project, Ruadhan The Bard is first in a series of
films bringing the drama, poetry and strangeness of Scottish folklore to the
big screen. Bound to delight old and new audiences, the film will make a
unique and lasting contribution to Scottish cinema in the story of one young
man's quest to bring the old world into the new.
The Transgressive North are a Scottish Artistic Community who in the past
year alone have worked with Irvine Welsh, Jarvis Cocker and Alexander
Ruadhan The Bard is a second feature directed by Jamie Chambers and
co-written with Robyn Pete and John Craine. It has several London Film
School alumni amongst the crew along with the participation of new community
arts group Transgressive North. Bound to delight old and new audiences,
Ruadhan The Bard will make a unique and lasting contribution to Scottish
cinema in the story of one young man's quest to bring the old world into the
The film was selected for the Les Arcs Festival of low budget films in
pre-production. Consequently there are basic expenses associated with this
project and a deferred payment. There may be modest fees upfront fees
associated with the leading role.
Shoot dates: Starting June 6th for approximately three weeks
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to audition or for more information.
Further details can be found at www.transgressivenorth.com and
www.ruadhanthebard.com <http://www.ruadhanthebard.com>; .
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Ruadhan||Male||Any Ethnicity||18-24||Ruadhan (22) is a hotheaded and determined young man. Still living with his mum, he can be reclusive (believing his generation are all idiots) but incredibly dynamic, full of misdirected energy and passion. The self-appointed 'keeper of tradition' in the small town of Portaran where he lives, Ruadhan aspires to be a bard like his hero Alec (Norman Maclean). Ruadhan lives in a self-styled pagan reverie, where he believes he is living 'on of the great poetic lives'; at one with nature and the soul of the community. This detachment from reality becomes increasingly problematic as Ruadhan's quest to save the dying traditions on the town verges on self-destructive, and threatens to do damage to the very community he has sworn to protect. Scottish accent essential. Basic understanding of Scots/Gaelic an advantage but not essential.|
|Calum||Male||Any Ethnicity||18-24||Calum (23) is Ruadhan's easy-going, long-suffering best friend. Faced with a tough lot (living with alcoholic father Ewen and with no job prospects himself), Calum chooses optimism over despair. His philosophy is to smile through the pain, and lock away his true emotions and frustrations; a choice that will have fatal consequences. Calum has a dream of leaving Portaran to travel Spain, a dream embodied by a rust-bucket old car he is convinced he can make work again. Calum considers himself and entrepreneur and is mostly able to scrape by on odd-jobs and being on good terms with everyone in the village, no matter what their background. Scottish accent essential.|
|Amy||Female||Any Ethnicity||18-24||Amy (21) is the clever, wordly and playful daughter of a second generation 'incomer' family to Portaran. Fresh out of university and with no idea what she wants to do, Amy finds herself stuck in Portaran bored out of her mind - until she meets Ruadhan. Ruadhan provides the distraction Amy has been looking for, and she takes a delight in following him on his erratic quests, delighting in what she finds out about the town traditions in the process. Ruadhan has never had a girlfriend and Amy takes a delight in playing with him to see him squirm. However as mischief descends into mayhem, Ruadhan's detachment from reality will make him an increasingly difficult companion for Amy. When their relationship threatens to become more serious, will she have the sense to cut ties with Ruadhan before he takes her down with him? Scottish accent useful.|
|Nigel||Male||Any Ethnicity||41-50||Nigel (late 40s/50s) is Amy's dad, and the owner of the town antique/junk shop. A pompous, self-appointed town bureaucrat, Nigel also considers himself (like Ruadhan) the self-appointed saviour of Portaran. An 'incomer' to Portaran, Nigel has made a decision to do something about the decaying economy, looking to mobilise the community across social divides. Nigel sees the resentment he recieves for his efforts as unfair but inevitable; if the native community isn't going to help themselves, then they have given him no choice. As Nigel's plans for social renewal in Portaran progress, he finds Ruadhan an increasingly infuriating obstacle. With his own daughter Amy joining forces with Ruadhan, Nigel must keep his cool if he is to be victorious in the struggle for the soul of Portaran.|
|Sofia||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||Sofia (40's) is a vaguely pretentious semi-retired restaurateur from the big city. Having chosen financial security over family aspirations, Sofia has moved to the remote village of Portaran with hopes of starting up an organic bistro whilst enjoying a slower lifestyle pace with a comfortable yet chic new wardrobe to match. Single minded as always, Sofia fails to appreciate the waves her attitude towards her own life comfort causes in the existing community. However, she does manage to find an ally and partner in Nigel who further indulges her belief that she is a cultural emissary and very, very important to the town.|