Award-winning Arab-American director casting two leads for the short film, Playtime. Production will take place in Kuwait between September 26th and October 2nd.
Matthew is a 12 year old expat who’s just moved to Kuwait with his single mother, whose just been hired for a post at an American Army Base. One night, after his mother leaves him alone for the first time, he escapes to track her down. Instead, he quickly crosses paths with Dalal, a teenage Kuwaiti girl who lives next door. Fearing a second abandonment, Matthew convinces her to help him find his mother. What Matthew doesn’t know is that Dalal needs more help than he and that the only way to combat his own feelings of alienation is to stop depending on the care of others. Having descended far into the depths of the Kuwaiti desert, Matthew must fend off some threatening characters and return the two of them safely home.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS FOR ROLES TO BE CAST
Dalal: A 19-21 year old Kuwaiti girl whose dark but youthful features betray her attempts at appearing much older than she is. Preferably casting someone of Kuwaiti or Gulf descent, but open to all Arab nationals. Firm grasp of English and Arabic.
Matthew: A 12 year old expat who has just relocated to Kuwait with his single mother. He comes off as more mature in conversation. Though, he has a frail frame and this also manifests itself in his goofy physicality and clumsiness. Caucasian features with firm grasp of English with an American accent.
Also looking for American Males and Females age 25-35 for supporting roles. Contact director for more details.
Click HERE for More Details on the Director and Vision of the Film.
PRESS AND SCREENINGS
Grant support for the film from the Doha Film Institute was unveiled at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival this past May.
This film will be produced with an international crew and sent to Oscar-qualifying film festivals internationally including: Palm Springs International Shortfest, Telluride (Colorado), Tribeca, Dubai International Flm Festival, Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France).
Auditions to be held between 4-8 PM on Saturday, September 7th, Sunday, September 8th, Tuesday, September 10th and Thursday, September 12th.
NON-ACTORS WELCOME! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.