The process of casting our film has been underway over the last few weeks and we have made some excellent progress.
We are very happy to announce that the ‘lead’ role has been taken by the very talented actor and musician, Jonathan Markwood.
And, more importantly, we hope to announce a complete cast list shortly.
This process has been a challenge for us, but one made much easier by the world of technology. The internet has allowed us to network and make connections all over the world in our campaign to raise awareness about the film. It has allowed performers to approach us directly and for us to assess a great body of work online.
This facility is an amazing boon to the modern film maker – especially when you are working to tight budgets and schedules.
It has also opened up areas of debate and made us reconsider some preconceived notions we held when we started this process.
This is one of the great things about being involved in a creative process. Whilst it is important to have a clear idea of what you are doing, it is also equally important to keep a flexible attitude to how the project develops and to also react positively to the challenges that invariably arise.
One of the most empowering aspects of the casting process, as the writer of this film, has been the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the piece from all of the people we have been connecting with. Partly, this is just a very nice ego boost to me – on a purely personal level. But, it is also a very strong validation of the project and makes everyone who is involved in this endeavour even more convinced that there is a powerful piece of work in development here. And in a very short period of time, we are going to have a film to show the world that will hopefully provoke a genuine emotional response and stimulate thought and debate.
It is always hard to use words like ‘profound’ and ‘intense’ when talking about a piece of work that you are personally responsible for creating. Ultimately, it will be down to the audience to make that judgement. But at this stage, as we come close to finalising the casting process, and already knowing the strength of the technical team, we are very confident that we are on the right track and that the final film will fulfill all of our ambitions and more!