'Set against the backdrop of a sleepy Nottinghamshire village in 1972, Howl tells the story of primary school teacher Karen Crawshaw unravelling the mystery of a man that lingers at the school gates watching new pupil Eleanor Stagg.
After a chilling encounter between the young girl and the man, Karen must do all she can to protect the child, whilst at the same time coming to terms with the real threat being in the school itself, and learning through bonding with Ellie that the man may be something else entirely.
The film hopes to regenerate interest in the horror/monster genre through combining metaphorical parallels between a common evil within society (child abusers/paedophilia) and a traditional creature of nightmares. Using this, the film explores both adult and child fears.’
The following roles are being cast:
Ellie Stagg (7): A young Dakota Fanning. Protagonist of the film. She has long, mousy brown hair. Wears an eye patch over her right eye. Ellie walks with a limp. She carries a soft toy teddy bear with her.
Karen Crawshaw (30): Brave, bold, caring, she takes her work home. Rebecca Hall type (actress in Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974). She takes care of Ellie, a little like Miss Honey in ‘Matilda’. She is protective over Ellie. She is a third year primary school teacher. She is attractive and wears smart clothing.
Paul Bolton (48): A good teacher, mistakenly trusted (picture a more grounded Jim Cunningham from Donnie Darko…) Unknown antagonist of the film. A slender man, clean-shaven with greying hair. He wears a silvery suit. Paul Bolton results to being the actual pedophile of the film.
Man/Big George: Picture Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman) or Jack Earle Haley (2010 remake of Nightmare on Elm Street). A mix between human and a unique type of beast. In human form, known as ‘Man’ in the script or known as ‘George’ to Ellie. When in the form of man: He has a wiry beard, tied in places. Is generally unkempt. He wears a long, tatty leather coat. He often stands by the school gates and watches the children, especially Ellie. Although he seems mysterious and pedophilic, he actually protects Ellie.
As well as children to make up Karen’s class including speaking roles.
Expenses and a copy of the film will be provided. We are hoping to enter this film into festivals after completion. Please email resumes and photographs to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or send to: Nina Kastner, 20 Guildford Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 9QB. Showreels are very welcome.
Deadline for submissions: 3rd December 2012.
Thank you for your consideration,
Nina Kastner (Producer)