Casting call for Cowell feature film

FILM CREW: Gere Fuss takes location shots in Cowell with Michael Harpas (front), Hannah Morcom, Bridget McDonald and Kyle Davis.
FILM CREW: Gere Fuss takes location shots in Cowell with Michael Harpas (front), Hannah Morcom, Bridget McDonald and Kyle Davis.

A group of Flinders University honours students preparing to shoot a feature film at Cowell in July is looking for Eyre Peninsula locals to star in the production.

‘Deep End’, is a small town drama, coming of age feature film about a group of young adults living in a rural coastal town. 

We have two main characters and four supporting characters that we need to cast.

Producer Michael Harpas

Producer Michael Harpas, cameraman Gere Fuss, writer Bridget McDonald, director Kyle Davis and production designer Hannah Morcom visited Cowell and Arno Bay in April to scout locations for filming and put the call out for locals to act in the film.

However Mr Harpas said more actors were needed so they are looking further afield around Eyre Peninsula.

“We have two main characters and four supporting characters that we need to cast,” Mr Harpas said.

The group is looking for three male actors aged between 18 and 25, two female actors aged between 18 and 25 and one female over the age of 30.

Mr Harpas said they were looking to cast a couple for the main roles of Kelly and Jake.

He said the group had not planned any auditions for the film and was just looking for people to provide a photograph and a little bit of information about themselves. No acting experience is required.

Mr Harpas said while the film was a part of the students’ honours year, they hoped it would feature at film festivals.

“Hopefully it will go really well and will be featured at film festivals internationally, which will be great for Cowell,” he said.

Anyone interested in acting in the film or who has any questions or can assist the students in any way, is encouraged to contact Michael Harpas by email at michaelharpas@gmail.com or call 0478 297 249.

Filming will take place from July 9 until July 27.

What’s the story?

The film will focus on a group of young adults living in a rural coastal town.

Some finished high school and some didn’t, and now that school is over for everybody the dynamics within the group are starting to change.

The main characters are Kelly and Jake, a young couple who are left to play house when Jake’s father goes to work on the mines for two weeks.

Kelly works in the local fish and chip shop, and quietly saves for a half-formed plan of moving away. Meanwhile, Jake spends his time riding bikes, fishing and hanging out with friends.

Kelly’s decision to move away isn’t easy to make, she has a strong connection to the town and a codependent relationship with Jake.

Tension is created when Kelly begins to confide her feelings with Jonty, the self appointed leader of their group.