'Book Week' is hosting auditions for kids and adults

CASTING CALL: Some of the cast and characters of the film, which includes Alan Dukes (Last Cab to Darwin, Beneath Hill 60) as English teacher Nicholas Cutler.
CASTING CALL: Some of the cast and characters of the film, which includes Alan Dukes (Last Cab to Darwin, Beneath Hill 60) as English teacher Nicholas Cutler.

Local talent wanted: the award winning filmmakers behind the recent Australian film Broke want would-be actors, hopefuls or just plain enthusiasts to fill a range of roles in their new film, Book Week.

The school-yard comedy will be filmed in Lithgow and the Blue Mountains over January and February. 

There are lots of juicy support roles, especially for kids. The filmmakers are inviting locals adults and children with and without acting experience but plenty of passion to get involved.

Alan Dukes

Alan Dukes

“It’s another micro budget film with great ambitions and tremendous heart but it’s a comedy, so hopefully there will be more laughs this time around,” said writer/director/producer Heath Davis.

The film has attracted some of Australia’s best film and theatre talent including Al Dukes (Last Cab to Darwin), Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Steve Bastoni, Kahn Chittendan, Joelene Anderson, Maya Stange, Pippa Grandison, Andy Ryan and Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks) as well as newcomers Rose Riley and Airlie Dodds.Other prominent local-based actors will also lend their talents, including Tiriel Mora (The Castle).

Lithgow High School film teacher Sean O’Keefe said that the school’s students have been invited to participate in the production of Book Week.

“Lithgow High School film makers are involved and hopefully it will be an opportunity for students to be involved in the production side of the film and in front of the camera in acting roles,” Mr O’Keef said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to get hands on experience in a real feature film.”

ON THE BOOKS: Director, writer and producer of 'Book Week' Heath Davis. Picture: SUPPLIED.

ON THE BOOKS: Director, writer and producer of 'Book Week' Heath Davis. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The film will also send a social message with partners Dymocks Children's Books looking to raise money and improve books at local libraries in disadvantaged schools around Australia.

“Art projects like this have an amazing way of connecting people and communities. If we can do some good at the same time then why not? I used to be a school teacher, so I’m very passionate about literacy. Hopefully we can inspire others to follow suit."

The open casting call and auditions will be on December 16 at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre.Interested kids and adults can apply to bookweekcast@gmail.com re: Open Audition. Or just turn up on the day.

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