AN ambitious amateur film, resetting the story of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre in 1920s Scotland, has been forced to put production on hold after its lead actors left the area to pursue professional careers.
Now director and producer Clive Malcouronne from Kirkhill is sending out a call for replacements so the film, Celtic Jane, can be completed.
Malcouronne, who has already completed one feature length film with local amateur talent, has already shot most of the scenes involving young Jane in the Moniack and Abriachan areas.
Now the search is on for an 18 to 30 year old actress to play the grown up Jane, and an actor in his 20s to play Captain Ross, Celtic Jane’s equivalent of the novel’s brooding Mr Rochester.
"We regret we cannot offer any fees, only an unforgettable experience and the life changing insight of being lead actors in a passionate and beautiful love story," Malcouonne said.
Also needed are behind the scenes volunteers to help with continuity, wardrobe, make-up, sound, lighting, set design, artwork and model making, etc.
"When this ambitious project was initiated, we had originally applied for funding assistance. When this was declined, the project hit the buffers and many lost heart, believing it was impossible to proceed without it," Malcouronne said.
"However, due to the exceptional generosity of local home owners and estate principals, we have finally been able to move ahead."
Malcouronne, who hopes to screen the film in aid of charity Save The Children, said the experience had made him appreciate why so many amateur filmmakers around the world hesitated to take on the challenge of a full length film and limited themselves to short films of 20 minutes or so.
"However, we have certainly proved that filming the first third of the screenplay was perfectly possible by going on location selected Sundays and the occasional weeknight.
"So yes, the roles for the two lead actors are big and very challenging, but just one day’s shoot can usually achieve two scenes in the can, so it is doable."
Anyone interested in being a part of the film should contact Clive Malcouronne on 01463 782389 for further information.