A film company is advertising for “native Liverpudlians” to cast in a short film due to begin shooting in late April.
An Everyday Act is a short film from Liverpool filmmaker Gavin Scott Whitfield , and requires two leading child roles and one adult actress.
The film follows Eric on a normal school day where he is forced to make decision which will change his life forever, but which could also help those he loves most.
Filming will take place on location in Netherley .
A spokesperson said: “We are not looking for perfect actors or experienced performers – we are looking for real, authentic people and shall be undertaking street casting alongside this open call.”
For the lead role of Eric, applicants must be at least 13 years of age because of performance licence requirements.
His role is described thus: “Eric is 12 years old. He is self-contained, reserved, says little. Unreadable in many ways.
“He gets by in school with a general reticence and aura of detachment. He deeply loves his sister, Hayley, though expresses that love in curious ways, not in open affection but often in teasing language.
“There is a lot going on behind his eyes but little on the surface. He doesn’t communicate much emotion to those around him. He is conflicted between honouring his family and joining up with a gang to earn money for them.
“Something broke in Eric at an early age. Perhaps it was his father leaving. Perhaps it is a sense of not belonging anywhere. Perhaps this is what he was always destined to become.”
His sister Hayley, who is eight years old, is described as a “typical innocent, happy-go-lucky young person, wrapped up in the marvels of a world she barely knows and yet wants to explore and discover everything about it.
“There are some things she is dimly aware of like hunger and poverty, though she copes with these things with a cheerful acceptance that they are normal and common to all people.
“She has a complicated relationship with Eric. She loves him and seeks protection from him in the wake of her father leaving and mother’s continued absence. But she also resents that dependency and is harsh in her judgments on his behaviour.”
The final character to be cast is a neighbour called Shirley, who is a Scouser in her late 30s.
She is described as a “stay at home mum, born and bred in the area. Her sister lives round the corner, her mum on the next block.
“Knows everyone, is a bit of a go to for the estate, getting by how best she knows. What you see if what you get with this woman.
“Regularly spots Eric’s mum a tenner and never gets it back. Considerate, compassionate, caring, matter of fact, unapologetic woman. Salt of the earth. True Scouser.”
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday, March 22. Full details on how to apply can be found here .