Auditions for a brand new film were so packed there had to be a sequel.
More than 100 hopefuls turned up at the WI Hall in Holbeach on Saturday to try for a part in professional actor Steph Genovese’s latest production, a rom-com called Forever Your Rose.
Steph was delighted by the turnout, but says it meant a some couldn’t be seen until last night (Wednesday).
Everyone trying out for one of 28 roles in the film was videoed – and Steph and his team hope to begin contacting the successful actors from Sunday onwards once they have agreed who to approach.
Around eight of the roles are quite big parts while the remainder involve one-liners or a few lines.
Steph will play the male romantic lead, Jack Green, who hasn’t a clue about relationships and leans on Rose Garner, who will be played by Natalie Mills, for advice on his love life.
We have had some fantastic people apply.Actor Steph Genovese
The romantic female lead, a character called Hannah Goldsmith, has yet to be cast.
“We have had some fantastic people apply,” said Steph. “They were so good that I am writing a few more lines for people who haven’t got many.”
People attended from across south Lincolnshire, including Spalding, Holbeach and Boston, as well as Norfolk, including King’s Lynn.
Steph said there was a strong turnout of people keen to join the film crew, including a sound recordist and a young girl who has amazing expertise in make-up.
He’s now fundraising to buy a 4k camera to shoot the movie on, saying it’s the minimum-level equipment that cinemas need to show films.
“We’re trying to raise about £5,000 and, hopefully, if we can raise the money for that camera we hope to start filming around the beginning of May,” said Steph.
The film will be shot in Spalding, Holbeach and Fleet as well as Cornwall and London. There will also be some scenes at 10 Downing Street.
• Steph’s first film, Dishonoured, premiered early this year.