Sydney Film School

Panopticon: Short Film - Drama from Sydney Film School

New South Wales, Australia

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There are 2 Main rolls and then 4 minor roles that need filling! Character descriptions are down below.
MINA: (23) Strong eyebrows and facial structure. 5'7-5'10 and thin. Shy and body conscious. Recently moved to Sydney and is struggling to find herself on the online world. Artistic but also self conscious. OPEN TO 19 - 24 year olds.
ANNA: (24) Welcoming demeanour and charming. 5'7-5'10 and average body shape. Beautiful smile with a cheerful and infectious attitude. 20 - 25 year olds.

LUCY: (26): Sister to Mina, extremely caring towards her sister. Family orientated and only wanting what is best for her sister. Strong facial features, with defined eyebrows. OPEN to 25 - 28 year olds.
ELLEN: (43) Mother of 4 who is hard working and determined to create a good life for her and her children. Pretty much a single parent due to husband's demanding job making him absent a lot of the time. OPEN to 40 - 46 year olds.
MARGO: (9) Child experiencing new things with the help of her mother ELLEN. Is adjusting the the new normals of her life due to this new experience. OPEN to 8 - 12 year olds.
TALK SHOW HOST (50): Someone to 'interview' one of the character's VICTORIA (A social media mega star) OPEN to 45 - 53 year olds.

Rehearsal / production dates

End of March - Middle of April.

Job compensation



To play a social media star who is a fitness guru. Actress must be physically fit and portray a vibrant personality. Preferably blonde. OPEN TO 18-24

Edited 16 March 2017


Edited 20 March 2017

Mina - Main Character

Motive for Mina is to gain a larger platform on social media. She is artistic but also lacks confidence with her body image and relationships
Mina’s background:
- Recently moved to Sydney to further her art career
- She grew up in a middle class family,attending art classes regularly thanks to her generous parents
- Mina is a hard worker, but can easily find herself doubting her work and herself, always feeling like an outcast
- Due to her body confidence issues, Mina wears baggy clothing

Females, aged 19 to 24 from New South Wales, Australia

  • Height: 167 cm / 5ft 6in - 177 cm / 5ft 10in
  • Weight: 50 kg / 110 lbs - 70 kg / 154 lbs
  • Minimum Acting experience: Extra

Anna - Supporting Role

Motive for Anna is just to live a life outside the confines of the social media world. She allows Mina’s character to see the life outside her screen.
Anna’s background:
- From a low income, Anna works for every dollar, but isn’t embarrassed by her lifestyle
- Anna works as a celebrity impersonator for her job as a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like in the Surry Hills district.
- Anna is eccentric - she wears thrift store finds that are vintage and colourful.

Females, aged 19 to 25 from New South Wales, Australia

  • Height: 167 cm / 5ft 6in - 177 cm / 5ft 10in
  • Weight: 55 kg / 121 lbs - 74 kg / 162 lbs
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Minimum Acting experience: Extra
  • Hair color: Brown

Ellen - Minor Role

Motive for Ellen is to provide the best life she can for her children, but also meet their needs as much as she can, whilst maintaining a full-time job.
Ellen’s background:
- Been married to her husband for 21 years
- Husband recently got promoted to a a position in which he travels a lot, so Ellen has become pretty much the sole carer for her 4 children
- Works part time as a nurse to try and provide more income to the family, so they can maintain their travelling and spending levels

Females, aged 38 to 45 from New South Wales, Australia

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Minimum Acting experience: Extra
  • Hair length: Short

Lucy - Supporting Role

Motive for Lucy is to help Mina to understand that this technological world isn’t everything, especially the desire to be popular from it. She is trying to make Mina remember her true passion, the one she moved to Sydney for.
Lucy’s background:
- Very close to her younger sister, Mina
- Growing up, she had to take care of Mina a lot, due to her parent’s having to both work to maintain the life they desired
- Lucy stayed in her small home town, due to her parent’s only have Mina and her

Females, aged 28 to 33 from New South Wales, Australia

  • Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles - Previous paid speaking roles

Victoria - Supporting Role

Motive for Victoria is to build her empire to an internationally recognisable product, thanks to the help of the KIRI technology.
Victoria’s background:
Extremely interested in physical activity and her physical physique: she created called the ‘Tonal Motivator’.
Due to her amazing physique being apart of her brand, she wears very tight fitting and showy clothing from high class brands.

Females, aged 18 to 24 from New South Wales, Australia

  • Height: 167 cm / 5ft 6in - 177 cm / 5ft 10in
  • Weight: 40 kg / 88 lbs - 70 kg / 154 lbs
  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Acting experience: Previous unpaid speaking roles - Previous paid speaking roles
  • Hair color: Blonde


KIRI is a digital glasses voice. Practically SIRI but is for glasses.
A strong female voice is needed as a voice-over for this short film.

Females, aged 18 and over from New South Wales, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
Applications closed: 28 March 2017

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