Thursday, September 10, 2009

Swansea auditions for Hunky Dory

THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Screenterrier reported on the open auditions for Hunky Dory in London and Manchester back in April.

Now 16 to 20 year old singers are invited to audition for the new film, being produced by Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake, My Little Eye)

They are looking for phenomenal singers of any style. Male and female - the emphasis is on individuals.


We will be seeing people all day Saturday 24th October 2009

If you want to audition then please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. and we will send an audition form for you to complete and send in. We will then issue you with a time slot and venue details.

We cannot allocate a time until we have received the form. Times are allocated on a first come first served basis so please do not email a specific requested time as we will be unlikely to be able to accommodate you.

Bring a song (sheet music if you have it) or feel free to sing a cappella or with your own accompaniment (i.e. guitar or CD).
HUNKY DORY is a very original film set in ..Swansea.. in the summer of 1976 – the hottest summer the ..UK.. has ever seen. It is half-way between a musical and a drama and centres around the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show; a rock and roll, space age version of Shakespeare’s Tempest using the kids’ favourite pop songs to tell the story. A kind of grand “rock opera” in the tradition of “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” which were all the rage at the time.

The film follows her single-handed attempt to put the show on and knock these teenagers into shape, a hard enough task made harder by the relentless sunshine and enticing beaches of ..Swansea...
What the film tries to capture is that musical magic created when kids come together and perform with their hearts and souls. The story is essentially a simple one about a school show, and the plot centres around a burnt down school hall, an ill judged affair and the everyday trials and tribulations of teenage life. “Hunky Dory” is an ensemble piece that through its various characters celebrates the fragility and exuberance of youth. More than anything it aims at authenticity.

So we are looking not only for kids who can sing but kids we can believe in as characters, this is not the X-factor, so what we want is real people with raw talent. Kids with attitude, who maybe sing in band, should feel that they can be included. Talent, like teenagers, comes in all shapes and sizes. (Film-wise, think The Commitments, not Moulin Rouge!)

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