Au­di­tions for Gaelic short film take place this week­end

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

ST. ANNS — Marc Al­mon, writer and di­rec­tor of the award-winning Gaelic short film The Wake of Calum MacLeod, is plan­ning to re­turn to Cape Bre­ton later this year to film a new Gaelic lan­guage project en­ti­tled The Fid­dler’s Reel.

Al­mon and pro­ducer An­gus Swan­tee re­cently won the Na­tional Screen In­sti­tute Drama Prize for The Fid­dler’s Reel, and the award pro­vides fund­ing and ser­vices to make a short film. The two ex­pect to be shoot­ing the project in Iona in June.

In or­der to make that hap­pen, they’re looking to fill sev­eral roles and will be hold­ing au­di­tions Satur­day in Why­co­co­magh and St. Anns. While pre­vi­ous act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is not nec­es­sary, some pro­fi­ciency in Gaelic is re­quired. MacIn­nis - male, age 35-45, Cau­casian, lead Sto­ry­teller - male, age 70+, Cau­casian, prin­ci­pal John Stir­ling - male, age 30-45, Cau­casian, prin­ci­pal To learn more about the au­di­tions or to book an au­di­tion time, con­tact Swan­tee at aswan­tee@hot­mail.com.

Al­mon said he’s looking for­ward to re­turn­ing to Cape Bre­ton to work on an­other Gaelic project.

“Film­ing in Cape Bre­ton and work­ing with the Gaelic com­mu­nity was such an in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” he said. “I’ve been looking for an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn, to tell a new story in Gaelic.”

The Fid­dler’s Reel will tell the story of a farm girl trapped in bleak servi­tude on a De­pres­sion­era Cape Bre­ton farm. But when she falls for a mys­te­ri­ous wan­der­ing mu­si­cian, she finds the courage to chal­lenge her dom­i­neer­ing fa­ther and es­cape from a pow­er­ful boot­leg­ger de­ter­mined to have her hand in mar­riage.

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