My name is Daniel Mansfield and I'm an independent filmmaker specialize in creating ultra low-budget b-movies catering to the Horror and LGBT film markets. I'm now in pre-production on my new film 'Distraction', a mysterious erotic thriller feature film focusing on a romantic relationship between two very different men.
The part of Jack will be played by an actor who has worked with me many times. I'm looking to cast an unknown guy in the role of Tom. Filming will take place in Nottingham over 4 days during Spring 2018, depending on the schedule of the actors.
Payment: I am offering a 10% profit share to you from all the profits the film ever makes.
Your transport expenses will be covered for the shoot, you will have accommodation and you will be offered three meals a day. The hours will be long and the content is intense, but it will be a terrific opportunity for a man who would like a great starter experience in low-budget film. A distribution deal is anticipated which means you could be on the cover of a DVD in HMV. The film will be submitted to the major LGBT film festivals.
You will be asked to submit a filmed monologue audition scene. Successful candidates will be asked to attend audition with the actor playing Jack. Auditions will take place either in London or Nottingham, depending on what suits us all in the coming months.
WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
Looking to cast the role of TOM. A male performer aged 25-45. Any race.
The role requires performing without clothes and love scenes with another male performer. Please only apply if you are fully comfortable with this. Your own preference is your business, but please be aware this is a film about gay male lovers intended for a gay male audience.
You do not need previous acting experience to be considered, but remember this is a lead role with lots of dialogue to learn. You must be able to listen and take direction. I have worked with both trained and amateur performers during my career. You must be comfortable in your own skin and a natural exhibitionist. I want you to have a great time filming and not be self conscious in front of the camera. I work very quickly and need a performer who is able to enjoy the adrenalin during the pressures of filming, but stay focused.
You don't need a perfect body to apply, but you must carry yourself with confidence. You must have natural (unshaved) body hair, or the willingness to grow it for the shoot.
Please read the breakdowns listed below and see if you might be suitable for the role of Tom. If interested, please email me with a selection of photographs and tell me why you are interested and why you would be a good choice to play Tom. If you have showreels etc please include them.
Many thanks for your time and consideration. I am happy to discuss all elements of the project with serious applicants, who will all receive a copy of the script to read. Please make sure you read all this information carefully before getting in touch. I will aim to reply to you within 48 hours of initial email contact.
Distraction is a mysterious erotic thriller, focusing on the unconventional romance between two outsiders. The film draws inspiration from Stranger By The Lake, Repulsion and Weekend. Distraction is a Lynchian suspense film exploring the dangers of online dating, noir-ish voyeurism, dangerous obsessions and the seductive charms of technology.
Jack is a reclusive romance novelist struggling with writer's block. He delves into the world of dating apps and anonymous online encounters with other men. As he is drawn further into this noir-ish world, he begins to push his own moral boundaries and explore his sexuality. Danger signs appear as Jack receives threatening anonymous messages from various men.
He starts an affair with Tom, a charismatic career criminal whose confident façade hides a lonely heart. The passionate affair kick starts Jack's writing again as his imagination is awoken by desire. Jack starts to cross other boundaries as he starts to stalk Tom in a bid to uncover secrets and inspire his writing further. As the pair grow closer, we learn that Tom has never really allowed himself to be emotionally intimate with anyone.
Jack is revitalised by his transgressions and Tom must search his soul to survive. Throughout their relationship it is unclear whether Tom is a danger to Jack or not, which gives their relationship a mysterious charge. Jack must navigate clues and red herrings as he is filmed by an anonymous stalker. As Tom starts to reveal his vulnerabilities, Jack finds himself hopelessly in love, just like the heroines in the books he writes. But can these two lovers survive the dangers that surround them?
A successful romance novelist, he has forsaken friendships and relationships to devote himself to writing. He is nervous and unsure of himself. He believes his greatest asset is his imagination. Restless and in search of in inspiration he enters the world of online hook-up apps, allowing his darkest desires to be awoken. With each transgression Jack becomes increasingly reckless and much bolder. Having lived in solitude for so long, he transforms from nervous outsider to reckless risk-taker. His desire for Tom is all-encompassing, allowing him to ignore the increasing signs of danger.
Due to a hard upbringing spent in poverty, Tom keeps his emotions locked away. He appears to the world as confident and down to earth, but inside he is lonely and getting tired of his criminal lifestyle. He is a career criminal and lives on his wits, but his life of secrets is starting to take its toll on him. The effect Jack has on him is huge, forcing Tom to face his demons and allow himself to be vulnerable emotionally. This is the first time he has fallen in love and he is forever changed by his love for Jack. Tom is finally able to be himself and envisage a happier future in the arms of the man he loves.
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