" Knots "

Employer: York University

Union: ACTRA

Type: Short Film

Location: Toronto

Duration: 3 days, starts Friday, March 6th, 2015

AUDITIONS: February 23rd and 24th 2015

Apply to: Lina Evans Email ( knotsthefilm@gmail.com )

Payment is on an unpaid basis.

Director: Kristina Wong.


Scarlett is a hybrid by nature - half-Asian and half-Caucasian. She walks on eggshells living with her father, Clay who still grieves the loss of his wife, Alta. But when Alta’s father, Gong Gong comes to town for Scarlett’s high school graduation, Scarlett becomes aware of her lack of heritage and memories of her mother, Ieaving Clay to break the silence.


SCARLETT: Female / 18-24 yrs. / Chinese. Independent, naďve, wants more than anything to know about her late mother. When she realizes she cannot communicate with her grandfather, she is determined to find ways to feel closer to her heritage and family.

CLAY: Male / 41-50 yrs. / Caucasian. Scarlett’s father. He is a hardworking man who is protective of his family but doesn’t know how to show his emotions. He wants the best for Scarlett but still silently grieves the loss of his wife.

GONG GONG: Male / 61+ yrs. / Chinese. Scarlett’s grandfather. He is very cultural when it comes to Chinese traditions, especially remembering his late daughter. Unable to speak English to his son-in-law or granddaughter, he is still able to show his love and support for his family. Lines are in Chinese.

ALTA: Female / 25-30 yrs. / Chinese. Scarlett’s late mother. She is loving, youthful, and compassionate. Her love is her daughter, to whom she wants to pass down Chinese culture. She is the key element in this film that keeps Scarlett and Clay at arm’s length. Character is part of a flashback scene, lines will be improvised to have organic feel.

YOUNG SCARLETT: Female / 6-10 yrs. / Chinese. The younger version of Scarlett. She is playful, happy and free spirited. Happiest with her mother making traditional Chinese knots. Character is part of a flashback scene, lines will be improvised to have organic feel.