Two Auslan-Using Actresses Required for AFTRS Grad Film

New South Wales, Australia

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"A psychological thriller about a Deaf teenager whose decision to give up speaking aloud creates a rift between her and her hearing family which threatens to swallow them all."

'See For Yourself' is an exciting new short film in development with a team of experienced third year students at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as part of their graduation major work; directed by Kyle William McDonnell and produced by Oliver Ellis. Designed to be inclusive to d/Deaf and hearing audiences alike, it aims to deliver the bittersweet reminder that our feelings and identity are valid – regardless of whether they go heard or not.

Over the past three years, Kyle and Oliver have built a unique creative partnership. As members of the LGBTQIA+ community they share a passion for telling stories which allow an audience to step into the shoes of unique and underrepresented perspectives, and – in doing so – challenge what it really means to be Australian. Their portfolio of work includes a range of fiction and documentary content. Some of their most notable works include 'CODA': a documentary detailing the story of performance artist Jodee Mundy, the only hearing child to grow up in an all Deaf family. Most recently, they produced 'Farewell Happy Fields': a reflective documentary following Kyle himself, who - while recovering from depression – challenges award-winning author Fiona Wright to express her experience with anorexia… by performing one of her poems.

This project is a self-contained short designed as a Proof of Concept for a feature length version of the story which has been in development for the past year with the help of filmmaker Davo Hardy, who presented their crowdfunding video and recently directed 'A Silent Agreement': the first feature film to star an Auslan-using protagonist. 'See for Yourself' is just the thriller that Australia needs at the moment: one where true horror doesn’t come from any supernatural monster, but instead the way in which we treat our most under-heard citizens.

This story is waiting to be told, and audiences are ready to listen.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Filming will take place in Sydney for a maximum of three days between 3 October - 16 October.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity

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

Joy Roberts

An unruly Deaf teenager who – fed up with her hearing parents not listening to her – vows never to speak aloud again. Her newfound identity only further isolates her and puts greater strain on her Auslan-using sister Abbigail. Suffocated, Joy’s own fears of not being accepted by those closest to her has given rise to a burning hatred for the world. Can she keep a grip on the violence growing in her, before it's too late? This role is reserved for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing actresses.

Female, aged 16 to 25

  • Languages: Sign Language

Applications closed 22 September 2018.

Abbigail Roberts

An extroverted, quietly-depressed teenager who feels shoved into the role of translator between her hearing parents and Deaf sister Joy. Her isolation has given rise to a deep-buried jealousy for Joy and the attention which she gets, and the possibility that Joy doesn’t put the same effort into listening to her as she does for her. Can she find a way to express herself, before her relationship with her sister falls apart? d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing actresses are encouraged to apply.

Female, aged 16 to 25

  • Languages: English, Sign Language

Applications closed 22 September 2018.

Applications closed: 22 September 2018