Auditions for Gaelic short film take place this weekend
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.