FEATURE FILM: THE WHITE ROAD
SANTANA BROTHERS FILM
DIRECTOR: DOMINIC SANTANA
PRODUCER: LEE SANTANA
Shooting in Lithuania, March-May 09
CASTING: Nancy Bishop (EUR), Ros Hubbard (UK)
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Brief: 1947. Prisoners escape from a Soviet camp and struggle to survive.
Looking to cast the following characters in Europe. Nationality open.
Female, early 20s, striking, bewitching, unusual looks. Open nationality. Daughter of a diplomat, expensively educated and being gifted and bright, speaks several languages fluently. Pola has learnt to survive in camp by using her sexuality as a currency and she forms part of a prostitution squad serving both inmates and camp functionaries alike. Pola is tough, clever, calculating and manipulative, bordering on ruthless. Her delicate frame belies a steely determination and inner will, and on the survivor’s scale, she ranks the highest amongst the group.
Male, white, 20-30s. Polish Solider and fellow escapee. Unintentionally quirky, frustrated and angst ridden, his appearance could be best summed up as “a clown, without make up.” He possesses a character worn in face, having been raised on a rural farm. Whilst in camp, he was offered a deal to reduce his sentence by becoming a secret informant, to which he readily agreed. He keenly feels the pangs of remorse and guilt, which manifest themselves as anger and frustration, much of it inwardly directed as he is filled with self-loathing. Julek’s experiences in camp shaped him into the man he is, not what he hoped he would be. He is however keen to change and atone, and seeks a fresh start. But his inherently weak, cowardly and moreover selfish nature means he will switch sides and betray allegiances in order to survive.
SACHA. Male, white, late teens to early 20s. Fellow escapee. Nationality open. Young and impressionable, his devout Jewish beliefs offered him strength and helped sustain him during his time in the Gulag. Despite his religious convictions, he still has a strong a desire to survive and will betray himself, his faith and those around him to live. At sea in an alien world, Sacha lacks the maturity and inner strength to cope with th horrors of camp life and has withdrawn into himself, drawing comfort and sustenance from a rigorously observed religion. Although he doesn’t preach, others see his creed exactly for what it is; his way of getting through the day. One can also wonder whether Sacha is entirely sincere.