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Hopefuls line street for Bridport film casting
3:00pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
WANNABE film stars are queuing in their hundreds for a chance to be on the big screen.
Casting for a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd has come to Bridport today- and so have plenty of hopefuls.
The film is being shot in the west Dorset area this autumn and producers are looking for locals who look like they could have stepped straight from the 1800s to take part as extras.
Professionals, amateurs and people who have just walked by and decided to have a go are lining the street to await their turn in front of the camera.
It was old hat for Aidan Starck, aged 18 and Shannon Tracey, aged 17, who are both hoping to make it as professional actors.
Shannon, from Weymouth, said: “We go to a lot of castings. We decided to come and give this a go as it's on the doorstep and usually we're travelling back and forth to London.
“It's not necessarily about getting to Hollywood- we just love acting.”
Aidan, a student at Weymouth College, recently got down to the last two for a part in E4 drama Youngers.
Mark Rainbow only came along to support his daughter but decided to have a go himself after she told him he might be just what the crew are looking for.
Daughter Fenne said: “To have something like this come to West Dorset is really exciting.”
Matthew Dale was hoping his natural hair would be just what the producers are looking for.
He said: “It would be great to have the chance to star in a blockbuster.
“I'm really excited- finger's crossed I'll get somewhere.”
The crew are expecting to see somewhere between 200 and 400 hundred people through the doors but could need up to 1,000.
Assistant director Guy Campbell appealed for any real-life farmers to give it a shot.
He said: “We want it to look like real farming from the 1840s, so men with beards and real farmers.
“Unfortunately they tend to be the hardest to find because they're out in the fields farming.”
Hopefuls rare registering their details, having measurements taken and a photos for the team to look through.
Mr Campbell said: “Today's just about finding out how many local people are interested, getting their details and checking their availability.
“It may be that people get a call back from the end of this month through to September, or it may be that they get a call later on as we find we need them because they might fit a certain type.”
Mr Campbell said the recent Broadchurch bonanza has 'opened up the area in people's awareness.”
He added: “It's absolutely beautiful here. I can't wait to get started.”
A-list actress set to star in film
THE FILM will star Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba.
Mulligan recently played Daisy Buchanan in Baz Lurhman's The Great Gatsby.
She will be joined by Tom Sturridge as Troy and Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak.
The film is a collaboration between British production company DNA films, Fox Searchlight and the BBC.
Filming will take place from September, particularly in the Beaminster area.
Follow @dorsetfilming on Twitter for more information.
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