" JOY "

Employer: Ryerson University

Union: ACTRA

Type: Short Film

Location: GTA

Duration: 6 days, starts December 5th 2014

Apply to: Hayley Wong. Email ( joythefilm2014@gmail.com )

AUDITION DATES: November 19th - 22nd 2014

Payment is on an unpaid basis.

Director: Heyishi Zhang.

SYNOPSIS:

A story about the silence of abuse and trauma of survival. Due to an abusive home life, Ju Xiao cannot concentrate at school. When faced with her failing grades, Ju Xiao uses a fake Chinese accent to impersonate her mother, and divert the attention of the teacher.

BREAKDOWNS:

JU XIAO: Female / 11-14 yrs. / Asian. Chinese fluency is preferred, but we are open to otherwise. Ju Xiao is a quiet, introverted outcast who is ashamed of her failing test grades, and the abuse that occurs at home. She hopes to make everyone around her happy, so she can be left alone. This is a mature role. Actor will bare witness to physical abuse.

DONG YUE: Female / 31-40 yrs. / Asian. Chinese fluency is preferred, but we are open to otherwise. Dong Yue is Ju Xiao mother. She is dominant, outgoing, and doesn’t take excuses. She and David gave up their careers in China to give Ju Xiao a life with more opportunities in Canada. She tries to make Ju Xiao understand the sacrifices she has made, and to make the best out of the family’s current financial situation. This is a mature role. Actor will portray a scene of physical abuse.

GUO WEI: Male / 31-40 yrs. / Asian. Chinese fluency is preferred, but we are open to otherwise. Guo Wei is Ju Xiao father and the primary breadwinner of the family. A quiet reserved man at work, he often takes his frustrations out at home. He and Dong Yue gave up their careers in China to give Ju Xiao a life in Canada with more opportunities. He wants to have a happy family that can afford all the things they need. This is a mature role. Actor will portray a scene of physical abuse.

MRS.JACKSON: Female / 41-50 yrs. / Caucasian. Mrs. Jackson is well liked by both students and teachers for her genuinely kind demeanor. She will always go out of her way to help a student out, whether it’s with schoolwork or problems at home. She takes pride in her role as a caregiver, and maintains good relationships with parents.

GORDANA: Female / 11-14 yrs. / Caucasian. Gordana a natural leader and extremely charismatic, Gordana uses her charm to persuade others into playing with her at recess. She’s in charge of who plays which character, and always makes sure she plays her favourite - Lily-Power.

JULIA: Female / 11-14 yrs. / Caucasian. Julia is a loyal friend to Gordana and always follows her leadership. She enjoys mentoring Stephanie and considers Gordana like an older sister.

STEPHANIE: Female / 11-14 yrs. / Caucasian. Stephanie is the shy one of the group. She could always use a little help standing up for herself but she knows Gordana and Julia have her back.