Actor Susan Prior, filmmaker Enzo Tedeschi and casting director Stephanie Pringle will evaluate the performances at the third Face Off screen actors’ showcase next week.
Performances from around 10-15 actors will be screened at the event at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington on November 28, starting at 5.30 pm.
The panelists will break down the works on screen and offer advice on how to improve and what producers, directors and casting directors are looking for in performances and auditions.
Submissions which close tomorrow can be showreels, short films or auditions; the fee is $40 per minute. Entrance to the event is free.
“The great thing that came from the first Face Off in April last year is a union between filmmakers and actors that eventuated in the making of A Remarkable Career, one of the most lauded films on the festival circuit, “ the organiser Glenn Fraser tells IF.
The short directed by Paul William Dawkins and co-written by him and Lauren Hamilton Neill will screen at the event. The first production from the duo’s partnership Nateall Films, it stars Lauren as the famous and notorious Ellen, who gives an interview that takes unexpected twists and turns, and Zoe Carides.
Lauren tells IF: “I was in the first Face Off. It was exhilarating to see and hear what the audience responded to from my performance. When you are in the amazing position to see firsthand what worked (and maybe what didn’t), you can literally save yourself years of audition and on-set mistakes.
“It’s a phenomenal way to learn and meet people. In this case it got a sample of my work in front of the amazing Tom Gleeson who, after seeing my work, ended up being our stellar cinematographer for A Remarkable Career.”
NIDA graduate Prior’s recent credits include Book Week, Rising Wolf, Les Norton, Frayed, The Gloaming and Safe Harbour.
Among the projects Pringle, the co-founder of Chicken and Chips Casting, has worked on this year are Victoria Wharfe McIntyre’s The Flood, Monica Zanetti’s Ellie & Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt), Enzo Tedeschi’s Deadhouse Dark anthology and Maddie Dyer’s Blood Sisters.
Tedeschi executive produced director Aaron Warwick and writer Jennifer Van Gessel’s soon-to-be released feature Beast No More and Dark Whispers Volume 1 created by Megan Riakos and Leonie Marsh.